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Our Favorite Podcasts Picks for Personal & Professional Development!

Today, our first series of 2022 continues with our favorite podcasts to listen to when you’re needing a bit of inspiration. Over at Bee Defined Consulting, podcasts are one of our favorite mediums because you can listen anywhere and at any time. Though the podcast market may be a bit oversaturated and it can feel daunting to have to wade through the catalog to find the perfect episode, we’ve done the hard work for you and compiled a list of shows that spark creativity, teach practical workplace skills, and provide the boost you might need to level up your career.

  1. “How I Built This” from NPR

Guy Raz hosts this long-running podcast from NPR that dives deep into the history of some of the world’s largest companies. Each episode runs for about an hour and is full of stories and lessons about what it takes to build a successful business. The podcast has spurred the creation of a companion book as well as an in-person conference filled with workshops, breakout sessions, and keynote speakers who have been featured on the podcast. With so many episodes to choose from, all listeners are sure to find an entrepreneur by whom they can be inspired.

Recommended Episodes: Kendra Scott (3/20/2017), TOMS: Blake Mycoskie (2/11/2019), and Serial Entrepreneur: Gary Vaynerchuk (8/2/2021)

  1. “9 to 5ish” from theSkimm

Founded by millennial women Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg for millennial women, the founders of theSkimm invite female entrepreneurs to share their stories of success, failures, and the lessons they learned along the way. The interviews provide listeners with practical tips and advice to take back to the workplace and give women the confidence to ask for what they want, negotiate, and grow in leadership.

Recommended Episodes: Whitney Wolfe Herd: Founder and CEO of Bumble (2/6/2018), Reshma Saujani: Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code (2/20/2018), and Stacey Abrams (5/18/2021)

  1. “The School of Greatness” from Lewis Howes

Hosted by former professional athlete and New York Times bestselling author Lewis Howes, this podcast shares inspiring interviews from some of the world’s top business leaders and influencers. In conjunction with the book of the same name, Howes provides you with his keys to success and how to take action in order to become “great” in both your personal and professional life.

Recommended Episodes: “An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Success with Guy Raz” (9/16/2020), “Brene Brown: Create True Belonging and Heal the World” (1/8/2020), and “The Science of Building Confidence & Self Esteem with Harvard Psychologist Amy Cuddy” (12/6/2021)

  1. “Happier” from Gretchen Rubin

Hosted by #1 bestselling author of “The Happiness Project” and “Better Than Before” Gretchen Rubin, this podcast dives into what it means to be happy and how to achieve increased happiness in all aspects of life, from family to work to your hobbies. As an authority on the topic of happiness in today’s society, Rubin offers practical advice on how to develop habits that lead to happiness in a thoughtful manner. Increased happiness will help listeners improve productivity, strengthen relationships, and lead a fulfilling life.

Recommend Episodes: “Choose a One-Word Theme for the Year, Check Your Worries in Two Weeks, and Chris Guillebeau Talks About the Annual Review” (12/26/2018), “Very Special Episode with Great Advice for Graduates (4/22/2020), and “Very Special Episode: Use the Emergency Kit for Anxiety, Worry, and Stress” (9/25/2019)

  1. “Super Soul Conversations” from Oprah Winfrey

A personal favorite, this podcast hosted by the legendary Oprah Winfrey features soulful conversations with public figures, philosophers, influencers, and celebrities all listeners will know, respect, and love. Oprah makes philosophy attainable and understandable as she dives into the “deeper meaning of the world around you,” asking deeply profound and thought-provoking questions that require open minds and open hearts. If you’re looking for a spark of inspiration that will grow and enhance your worldview, this is the podcast for you.

Recommended Episodes: “Glennon Doyle: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life” (1/4/2022), “Malcolm Gladwell: Talking to Strangers” (9/18/2019), and “Melinda Gates: The Moment of Lift” (4/29/2019)

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