Top 5 Entrepreneur Podcasts for 2016

My Favorite Entrepreneur Podcasts

This site is largely dedicated to the Success U Entrepreneur Podcasts. In making that program, and generally, I listen to quite a few others, as well as read many books and blogs. Here is the list of my favorite entrepreneur podcasts in 2016 and a few other shows I enjoy and want to share.

The Top 5 Entrepreneur Podcasts

In no particular order here are the 5 top entrepreneur podcasts I am listening to in 2016

  • The Impact Entrepreneur - Host Mike Flynn engages in evocative conversations with entrepreneurs, going beyond success and failure and into the reasons behind the story. This is a very new, well produced and ambitious show. I have added it to my itunes subscriptions.
  • The School of Greatness is a must listen. The host, Lewis Howes is a New York Times Bestselling author, a lifestyle entrepreneur, high performance business coach and keynote speaker.  He was recognized by The White House and President Obama as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the country under 30. He has accomplished greatness repeatedly and the show is very inspirational.
  • The Rv Entrepreneur I like the description by host Heath Padget: "Living and traveling in an RV used to be only for retirees or the occasional family vacation. But over the past few years there has been a new movement of young RVers who have intentionally chosen to live with less stuff, be mobile, and take their lives on the road. This podcast is for people who are interested in downsizing their life, creating remote income, and working from anywhere." There are great lessons to glean from this show. it is not the lifestyle I have chosen, and maybe not for you either, but many of the concepts are ones I agree with fully. And in most ways I think becoming a successful entrepreneur starts with cutting the necessities of your life down to the essentials.
  • Startup Podcast What it is really like to start a business. Currently in their third season, their is a treasure trove of great knowledge in their catalog. Turning your ideas into reality is the hardest part of business. it is what separates actual entrepreneurs from regular thinkers and this podcast goes deep into creating your business.

Other Podcasts related to Entrepreneurship

  • We Study Billionaires - The Investors Podcast - Hosts, Preston Pysh and Stig Brodersen, research and study the habits, traits and reading lists of billionaires. To use their own words: "We believe success leaves clues. Our job is to define the critical habits and elements that successful people share and bring them to our audience."
  • The Art of Charm - I only found this podcast recently, and have already found it to be worth the listen. They claim "You’ll learn our top strategies to improve your career, confidence, lifestyle and love-life from top experts like life and business-hackers Tim Ferriss, Ramit Sethi and Noah Kagan to Seth Godin, Simon Sinek, Olivia Fox, The Art of Charm team and more."

Not Entrepreneur Podcasts but worth listening

  • Faking it - The Podcasts? I am not entirely sure how to sum up this podcast other than to say it is based on the maker community... Other than that you'd just have to listen.
  • Stuff to Blow Your Mind - Futurism, transhumanism, mind blowing science and technology all brought to light in this podcast from Howstuffworks.com.
  • Still Untitled :the Adam Savage Project - One of my favorite shows of all time, Mythbusters, is no longer filming. Thankfully one of the hosts, Adam Savage, has not slowed down and this podcast is one of his current projects. It seems that nothing is off limits for this show, and that is one of the great things about it.

If there is an entrepreneur podcast or other show you think is great and want to share, post a comment and tell everyone about it.

Life Lessons of a Successful Entrepreneur

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Successful Entrepreneur

Thinking Like a Successful Entrepreneur

Murray Smith joins me on another Success U podcast, and shares with us some of the life lessons this very successful entrepreneur has found the hard way. These lessons are hard learned, and often painful and expensive to experience.

One of the simplest to understand is that by thinking positively, positive things begin to happen, though many entrepreneurs struggle with this their whole careers. It takes a subconscious shift and restructuring of your thought patterns to succeed in this simple act. As an entrepreneur things fail, problems arise, and disasters occur. Spending time and thought dwelling on the negative aspects will not get you closer to solving the problem, and in fact will make you less likely to notice the solution, even if it is staring you in the face. It is your subconscious mind that will hear the conversation in a crowded room, with the answers to your problems and it is the subcopnscious that will work to make complex connections, but only if you train yourself, and it starts by always looking for the positive out of anything. But Murray goes into great depth about this in his book The Answer.

Find a Mentor Entrepreneur

Having someone you trust, that has been down the long road of being an entrepreneur, is more valuable than you think. Not only can this person be a great resource in helping you avoid mistakes, and connecting you to the right people, they also help keep you motivated, and on the path, if for no other reason than you can see their success.

Surround Yourself with Positive Thinkers

I like to surround myself with people who challenge me, and who look for solutions not problems. If all they can see is sorrow, trouble and heartache, then how will they help me find the solution? I look for people who like to build up, not tear down. The best place to find people like that is in other entrepreneurs.

Additional Entrepreneur resources

Here are some of the direct links that Murray has referenced during the many podcasts we recorded with him; The free PDF’s downloads (see below), links to the business growth makeover contest with millions in prizes, and Get the Answer site that references more about Murray and the business growth system he built called Attract more Clients. This system is the summation of 30 years of his life’s work and everything he learned about growing business put together in a simple, user friendly format.

- http://gettheanswer.com

- http://www.businessgrowthmakeover.com

- http://accessmainstreet.com

- The Test your EQ button on the Mainstreet website has the following Free PDF Downloads for all Success U listeners:

  • Unique Selling Proposition Examples from many industries
  • Client Profile – Match what you want with what your clients want
  • 3 Ways to make money in business
  • Map the Gap – Helping business owners map the distance from where they are to where they want to be
  • How to think like a Business Millionaire – Vision, Focus and Action

The Answer: Grow Any Business, Achieve Financial Freedom, and Live an Extraordinary Life

Remember to be a successful Entrepreneur it helps to think like one.

Marketing Tip – Knowing Your Ideal Clients… Where are They?

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Another top Marketing Tip

In this Success U podcast we discuss another very important marketing tip, or more specifically part of the marketing process that Murray Smith decided to share with us. One of the biggest mistakes many of us entrepreneurs and online marketers make is misunderstanding our clients. We don't know who they are, where  they are and most importantly their actual value to us as a customer.

So what is the Marketing Tip?

Listen to the podcast... seriously 😉 This discussion flows around making sure you know the value your ideal client actual represents to you in hard dollars. With this bit of knowledge you can determine your budget for acquiring new customers. You better know your distribution channels, according to Murray there are only 7 of them in the world, and 23 strategies to get new customers. Far more detail is available at Access Main Street.

What, Why and How, this is the meat of the knowledge you must determine with your clients. So the marketing tip is really learning how to find this information.

Another Marketing Tip - Collaboration

Collaboration with seeming competitors is a great way to increase your client pool. We like to partner with other businesses. It is a strong part of our marketing for Innovocus. Find businesses that parallel your own, partners who strengthen your offering, and sell their services or products and encourage them to sell yours.

Quite Marketing to Fear

Hope, collaboration and working with each other is the future of all small business. In a rising tide all boats are floated. Try to build up not tear down. You can not stand alone especially in a global marketplace. main street cannot compete with Wall Street if we compete head on. It is only by joining forces, working together that we can compete.

Here are some of the direct links that Murray has referenced during the many podcasts we recorded with him; The free PDF’s downloads (see below), links to the business growth makeover contest with millions in prizes, and Get the Answer site that references more about Murray and the business growth system he built called Attract more Clients. This system is the summation of 30 years of his life’s work and everything he learned about growing business put together in a simple, user friendly format.

- http://gettheanswer.com

- http://www.businessgrowthmakeover.com

- http://accessmainstreet.com

- The Test your EQ button on the Mainstreet website has the following Free PDF Downloads for all Success U listeners:

  • Unique Selling Proposition Examples from many industries
  • Client Profile – Match what you want with what your clients want
  • 3 Ways to make money in business
  • Map the Gap – Helping business owners map the distance from where they are to where they want to be
  • How to think like a Business Millionaire – Vision, Focus and Action


 

The Answer: Grow Any Business, Achieve Financial Freedom, and Live an Extraordinary Life

Additional Marketing tips and resources

ADVANCE DIRECT MARKETING: Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Do-It-Yourself Secrets for Creating a Profitable Website or Blog

55 Twitter Tips - How to Maximize the Benefits of Using Twitter!

Facebook Marketing: An Hour a Day

25 tips For Marketing Your Blog

Online Marketing Blog Tips

Unique Positioning

Unique Positioning – Standing out From the Competition – Marketing Tips

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Marketing Tips - Unique Positioning

One of the best marketing tips, is the concept of developing unique positioning for your product or service. In this podcast Murray Smith and I talk about the creation of your corporate marketing plan by defining your unique positioning in the marketplace. Defining your unique aspects is a very important part of the sales process, and is a great online marketing tip.

Marketing Tip - Differentiate

Without the ability to easily and quickly differentiate yourself from the competition you diminish the ability of the prospective customer to understand your value.

Here are some of the direct links that Murray had referenced during the many podcasts we recorded with him;  The free PDF’s downloads (see below), links to the business growth makeover contest with millions in prizes, and Get the Answer site that references more about Murray and the business growth system he built called Attract more Clients. This system is the summation of 30 years of his life’s work and everything he learned about growing business put together in a simple, user friendly format.

-       http://gettheanswer.com

-       http://www.businessgrowthmakeover.com

-       http://accessmainstreet.com

-       The Test your EQ button on the Mainstreet website has the following Free PDF Downloads for all Success U listeners:

  • Unique Selling Proposition Examples from many industries
  • Client Profile – Match what you want with what your clients want
  • 3 Ways to make money in business
  • Map the Gap – Helping business owners map the distance from where they are to where they want to be
  • How to think like a Business Millionaire – Vision, Focus and Action


 

The Answer: Grow Any Business, Achieve Financial Freedom, and Live an Extraordinary Life

Additional Marketing tips resources

ADVANCE DIRECT MARKETING: Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Do-It-Yourself Secrets for Creating a Profitable Website or Blog

55 Twitter Tips - How to Maximize the Benefits of Using Twitter!

Facebook Marketing: An Hour a Day

25 tips For Marketing Your Blog

Online Marketing Blog Tips

Building a Strong Customer Relationship

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Strong Customer Relationship

Determining who is your ideal client is the first step on the long road to developing a strong customer relationship. Murray Smith, best selling author ("The Answer: Grow Any Business, Achieve Financial Freedom, and Live an Extraordinary Life") and super successful Serial Entrepreneur joins us on this podcast to explain how he identifies your ideal customer. Murray gives us a great example of how the perception of who our clientele is, and who they really are might not coincide.

If you are struggling to find your clients, or marketing with poor results this podcast will likely give you some insight into the problems you currently face. The biggest mistake we entrepreneurs make is often overconfidence in our understanding of the market, and a need to compete that stops us from asking for help when we need it. This also tends to sometimes we neglect to develop a strong customer relationship with our ideal clients, who are more than willing to help us improve our business.

Throughout our lives we have had parents, teachers, bosses and friends who gladly mentor us. But the moment we enter into a new enterprise we stop asking for that advice.Ask your customers how they found you, ask them what they are looking for, ask them if they found it. Ask, ask ask questions. Have a friend who is a gifted artist, ask for help with design. We do not stand alone and the myth of the self made man is just a myth. Every great success is a team effort.

Strengthening Our Customer Relationship

Recently Innovocus has made a focus on this aspect. When we approach a new client the first thing we do is contact their customers with a survey. But there is more to understanding your clients wants than just asking questions.

Here is the link to Murray's book on Amazon.com:

The Answer: Grow Any Business, Achieve Financial Freedom, and Live an Extraordinary Life


 

Here are some of the direct links that Murray had referenced during the many podcasts we recorded with him;  The free PDF’s downloads (see below), links to the business growth makeover contest with millions in prizes, and Get the Answer site that references more about Murray and the business growth system he built called Attract more Clients. This system is the summation of 30 years of his life’s work and everything he learned about growing business put together in a simple, user friendly format.

-       http://gettheanswer.com

-       http://www.businessgrowthmakeover.com

-       http://accessmainstreet.com

-       The Test your EQ button on the Mainstreet website has the following Free PDF Downloads for all Success U listeners:

  • Unique Selling Proposition Examples from many industries
  • Client Profile – Match what you want with what your clients want
  • 3 Ways to make money in business
  • Map the Gap – Helping business owners map the distance from where they are to where they want to be
  • How to think like a Business Millionaire – Vision, Focus and Action

Resources for Building a Strong Customer Relationship

Building Customer Relationships - Successful Selling [VHS]

Recipe for Disaster

Creating Customers for Life - Relationship Management and Sales Training DVD Video

Model Sales & Marketing Letters

Engage: The Complete Guide for Brands and Businesses to Build, Cultivate, and Measure Success in the New Web

Permission Marketing: Turning Strangers Into Friends And Friends Into Customers

The Experience Economy: Work Is Theater & Every Business a Stage

Entrepreneur – Tapping into your Hidden Reserves

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You the Entrepreneur

The life of an entrepreneur, is the tale of many triumphs and long hard work. Knowing how to push past the negativity and find your hidden reserve of strength is a valuable tool in your struggles for success.

We as entrepreneurs are a unique breed. We thrive in challenging situations and we seek out the difficult. This can often put us in a place seemingly impossible to succeed. Pushing past your own limits to find greater heights is often the only way out, well that or giving up, but you wouldn't be a true entrepreneur if you seriously considered that.

In this podcast I talk with serial entrepreneur Murray Smith. This is Part 2 of the Podcasts series with Murray Smith co-author of "the Answer". Which you can win a copy of my joining Success U for free:


 

The Answer: Grow Any Business, Achieve Financial Freedom, and Live an Extraordinary Life

Here are some of the direct links that Murray had referenced during the many podcasts we recorded with him;  The free PDF’s downloads (see below), links to the business growth makeover contest with millions in prizes, and Get the Answer site that references more about Murray and the business growth system he built called Attract more Clients. This system is the summation of 30 years of his life’s work and everything he learned about growing business put together in a simple, user friendly format.

-       http://gettheanswer.com

-       http://www.businessgrowthmakeover.com

-       http://accessmainstreet.com

-       The Test your EQ button on the Mainstreet website will have the following Free PDF Downloads for your listeners:

  • Unique Selling Proposition Examples from many industries
  • Client Profile – Match what you want with what your clients want
  • 3 Ways to make money in business
  • Map the Gap – Helping business owners map the distance from where they are to where they want to be
  • How to think like a Business Millionaire – Vision, Focus and Action

More Resources for you the entrepreneur

Small Business For Dummies

The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything

More Entrepreneur Podcasts

Entrepreneur.com Podcast Directory

Entrepreneur, Work Smart, with Murray Smith

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How to Work Smart as an Entrepreneur

Serial entrepreneur Murray Smith co-author of "The Answer: Grow Any Business, Achieve Financial Freedom, and Live an Extraordinary Life" shares the secrets to his success in this Success U podcast. His book is a best seller and  Stephen R. Covey says it is "Brilliant!" you can add my personal endorsement to that. Murray, joins me in a series of podcasts as he describes the lessons he has learned in the last 20 years of being a successful serial entrepreneur and his quest to unlock the secrets to success. This podcast is part of the series with this brilliant and very successful serial entrepreneur.

Entrepreneur Success Plan

In this podcast we talk about how to work smarter not harder and Murray explains many of the tricks he has learned that allow you to change your habits into ones that will lead to your success. His long career as a serial entrepreneur has been marked with a long string of success. He has taken the time to codify this knowledge and experience gained over the years. He shares that with us in these podcasts, but in greater detail in his book "The Answer".

You can enter to win a hardbound copy of "The Answer" by joining Success U today, it is free as always 😉


 

Here are some of the direct links that Murray had referenced during the many podcasts we recorded with him;  The free PDF’s downloads (see below), links to the business growth makeover contest with millions in prizes, and Get the Answer site that references more about Murray and the business growth system he built called Attract more Clients. This system is the summation of 30 years of his life’s work and everything he learned about growing business put together in a simple, user friendly format.

Great Resources for the Entrepreneur

-       http://gettheanswer.com

-       http://www.businessgrowthmakeover.com

-       http://accessmainstreet.com

-       The Test your EQ button on the Mainstreet website will have the following Free PDF Downloads for your listeners:

  • Unique Selling Proposition Examples from many industries
  • Client Profile – Match what you want with what your clients want
  • 3 Ways to make money in business
  • Map the Gap – Helping business owners map the distance from where they are to where they want to be
  • How to think like a Business Millionaire – Vision, Focus and Action

Let us know your story as an Entrepreneur, maybe even join us for a podcast to share with the world! You might also be interested in our other posts and podcasts about being an entrepreneur.

Life Lessons – Example of a Success Plan

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Life Lessons - Develop a Success Plan

One of the more important life lessons I have discovered as an entrepreneur is to develop a success plan. Rich Harshaw from MyMEssentials.com gives a great example of a Success Plan in his post World's Greatest Car Salesman. The steps he identifies, unique to the market and opportunity, are easily adapted to most traditional sales channels. This post by Rich is one of the better examples of a good business, sales or marketing plan for success that I have come across.

His approach to the car sales experience disaster, that he identifies because of the poor service he received while looking for a new car, is brilliant. The Life Lesson is extraordinarily valuable. In fact it is what we should all strive for when we find that troublesome experience or opportunity in front of us.

He clearly identifies the missing pieces in the sales funnel of his competition and identifies a way to create a strength in his brand from those opportunities.

Recommended books and training about the sales plan and sales cycle:

Platinum Advanced Entrepreneurship Training Library (14 DVDs + 4 Audio CDs and Manuals)

Get Clients Now!(TM): A 28-Day Marketing Program for Professionals, Consultants, and Coaches

The Ultimate Marketing Plan

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Viral Marketing Formula for Success

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Viral Marketing Formula

The requirements for a successful viral campaign are simple to understand, but often difficult to meet. It starts with giving away a FREE and compelling offer, that acts as a draw.

You will want this free offer to give away great value, so that the people who come to take up your generous offer are receiving real value, and thus have an interest in sharing it with others.

It needs to be easily shareable. A video pushed through You Tube or a free podcast, or white-paper are good examples easily transferable free, and hopefully high value give-aways. But value can also be humor or a prize.

Ideally your free offer directly relates to the product or service you are really wanting the person who receives your free offer to purchase. For example a company that sells and installs windows would be wise to give away a video, and white-paper on how replacing your old windows will save you money, and how to get a tax rebate for doing so, this isn't a perfect example but hopefully you get the general concept.

More Viral Marketing Resources

There is much more information in the podcast, so if you have not already you should listen to it. I highly recommend you also take a listen to our other viral marketing related podcasts:

Becoming Viral

Viral Marketing 101

Here are a few books on the subject that I recommend:

Naked Viral Marketing

The Referral Engine: Teaching Your Business to Market Itself

The New Rules of Marketing and PR: How to Use Social Media, Blogs, News Releases, Online Video, and Viral Marketing to Reach Buyers Directly, 2nd Edition

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Building Trust as an Entrepreneur

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How to Build Trust as an Entrepreneur

As an Entrepreneur it is imperative that we build trust. We need team members, clients, investors and colleagues to believe in us. Trust is more than a soft, unknown, feel good, fuzzy thing. It is a measurable and quantifiable asset that is one of the most important to you the Entrepreneur regarding the speed of your business and the overall success of your enterprise. In this Success U Podcast we discuss how taking the time to build trust actually saves time and in the end increases profit.

We started discussing this topic thanks to Steven Covey's Book "The Speed of Trust". This is a must read book for an Entrepreneur. It is not a topic I would normally have sought out, but it came recommended highly from those I trust... So I read it, and now I think every entrepreneur, manager, marketer or sales professional should also read it.

If You are an Entrepreneur You Should Read These Books:

The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything

Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust

Tell us your story as an Entrepreneur in the comments and maybe we will have you on a future podcast!

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