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Being a creative entrepreneur is an exciting job. You get to be a business developer and storyteller all in one. However, being the leader of your own company can also come with many demands on your time and creativity. Under that kind pressure, it can also feel like burnout is constantly lurking around every corner.

This is why finding new sources of inspiration is a constant – but important – endeavor for creative entrepreneurs. Not only can learning from the experiences of others can help to equip you with new tools, but unlocking fresh perspectives can be the key to finding new and innovative business ideas.

Podcasts for Creativity, Innovation and Emotional Intelligence

Luckily, podcasts are a prolific source of creativity and innovation that helps to keep burnout away. These shows bring a valuable community straight into an on-demand environment. Without needing to leave your office, you can glean valuable tips and tricks from some of the best storytellers and business people in the world.

Plus, several notable podcasts also touch on subjects related to developing emotional intelligence and understanding how others ‘work.’ Considering that creative industries often hinge on whether or not teams can successfully collaborate, EQ is a topic that should not be ignored!

Voices.com Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer Shares Her Top Picks

As the Voices.com Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer, Stephanie Ciccarelli has to wear an entrepreneurial and creative hat at all times.

Over the years, podcasts have served as a way for her to stay inspired and current. In fact, she’s worked on both sides of the podcasting industry, both as a host and as an avid listener.

“I like actionable tips,” she says. “It’s important to stress what people can do right now. And I also like anecdotes and examples that are pulled straight from real life. When people are authentic and open, and comfortable talking about their experiences, they make those lessons of value to others too. It’s like receiving a little gift that you can apply to your life immediately.”

“A good podcast should add value to your life and engage you. It should relate to you,” Stephanie adds. “It shouldn’t just be something that you listen to because you think you should. Engaging content makes you want to tune in – and the host is a very important part of that engagement. If you can connect to them as a real and authentic person, all the better.”

1. Story: A Podcast for Creatives

Hosted by Harris III

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A series of unique conversations to fuel the creative class and leave you inspired to do your best, most meaningful work

2. Personality Hacker Podcast

Hosted by Joel Mark Witt and Antonia Dodge

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Personality Hacker teaches you the coding language of your mind and how to use it to create great relationships – a fulfilling career and happiness. Are you born with your personality, or does it develop over time? What is intuition? What’s the fastest way to use your natural gifts to improve overall happiness? Join Joel Mark Witt and Antonia Dodge as they discuss small changes in your personality and relationships that have big impact.

Stephanie’s Notes: Personality hacker is great because I love learning about people, especially how they behave and the psychology behind it. As a creative entrepreneur, I realize that business is relationship-driven. So a lot of what I listen to has to do with how I might interact with someone else.

3. HBR Ideacast

Hosted by Sarah Green-Carmichael

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A weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers in business and management from Harvard Business Review.

Stephanie’s notes: The HBR Ideacast is a different format than the others: they bring on professors and researchers. What they do with the show format is also neat, because the podcast and the Harvard Business Review content online mirrors one another. As someone who has also strategically produced content, it’s easy to see that HBR Ideacast is part of a much larger strategy.

4. Catalyst Podcast

Hosted by various hosts, depending on conference area

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The Catalyst Podcast brings together change makers from across the globe to provide practical leadership and cultural insights through in-depth interviews with leaders, speakers, and authors. Email the Catalyst Podcast at podcast@catalystconference.com.

5. The Building a StoryBrand Podcast

Hosted by Donald Miller

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If you’re frustrated because you struggle to get the word out about your product or service, the Building a Story Brand Podcast will help. Fans of the podcast are ecstatic about the fun and entertaining way Donald Miller brings you practical advice about clarifying your message and growing your business.

Don and the StoryBrand team are the world’s leading experts in harnessing the 2,000 year-old proven power of story formulas to get people talking about your brand.

Get your message out, grow your company, stand out in the marketplace, and have a blast doing it!

Subscribe to the Building a Story Brand Podcast today. Previous guests include: Dave Ramsey, Ken Blanchard, Scott Hamilton, Michael Hyatt, Jeff Walker, Brian Clark, and many others.

Stephanie’s Notes: StoryBrand is is often focused on looking at how you might interact with your customer or team. The stories they dive into are about engaging with the content or your audience and the subject matter is usually relational. This podcast really speaks to me as I’m a highly relational person. I care about people, and learning about them is what draws me in.

Storytelling is ultimately about a relationship: it’s about you and an audience. One of the main lessons that StoryBrand has imparted on me is that storytelling is focused on making your customer the hero, while your brand becomes the guide. Together, you’re all working towards the same goal and purpose.

6. The Love and Respect Podcast

Hosted by Dr. Emmerson Eggerichs and Dr. Jonathan Eggerichs

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Emerson Eggerichs, PhD, pastor, best-selling author, acclaimed speaker, and president of Love and Respect Ministries, alongside his son, Jonathan Eggerichs, PsyD, talk about Love and Respect — a Relationship Secret Hidden in Plain Sight — a simple principle connecting theology and psychology. This podcast highlights discussions between pastor and clinical psychologist, father and son, that is certain to serve and encourage males and females alike. No one and no relationship, whether inside or outside the home, is off-limits. Email the show at podcast@loveandrespect.com.

7. Gastropod

Hosted by Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley

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Food with a side of science and history. Every other week, co-hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley serve up a brand new episode exploring the hidden history and surprising science behind a different food- or farming-related topic, from aquaculture to ancient feasts, from cutlery to chile peppers, and from microbes to Malbec. We interview experts, visit labs, fields, and archaeological digs, and generally have lots of fun while discovering new ways to think about and understand the world through food. Find us online at gastropod.com, follow us on Twitter @gastropodcast, and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/gastropodcast.

Are You Looking to Improve Your Storytelling Skills?

Voices.com has a podcast that’s just for you!

The Sound Stories podcast, hosted by Voices.com Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer, Stephanie Ciccarelli, is for creative professionals and storytellers who want to improve their skills.

Featuring guests from a wide-variety of industries, including marketing, video production, content creation and more, there is a wealth of practical tips and tricks for anyone who wants to learn to attract and engage an audience.

Subscribe to the Sound Stories Podcast on iTunes today!

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Why Podcasts Are Important for Creativity

Any business can be ‘creative,’ from manufacturers looking to find new solutions to productivity and process, to graphic designers who are tapping into trendy color palettes and photo treatments. Every business can benefit from the exercise of widening their view of the world.

Podcasts are a great way to ‘open’ up the world, with access to thousands of different viewpoints and subjects.

“It’s important not to isolate yourself,” Stephanie says. “For instance, it can be tempting to shut out voices you don’t want to hear or views that you don’t hold. However, if you make space for consideration and entertaining different points of view, that is where you may find common ground. All of these different angles and facets can open your world.”

“In our day to day lives, we probably don’t come across as many different sorts of people as easily as we can through podcasts. Not everyone can go out, during their workday, to meet someone different from themselves.”

New Content Takes Up Little Real Estate, but Keeps You Sharp

“Podcasts definitely keep you sharp,” Stephanie admits. “I don’t know how many episodes or speakers I’ve referenced, along with books I’ve read, but it’s definitely helped to build creative muscle.”

“Taking time to listen to new content has literally earned some new people a place in my mind, or mental real estate – as well as in my phone storage!” she says. “However, it’s a small price to pay for the value that they’ve added, like giving me ideas for future guests on our podcast, and exposing me to new ideas.”

“I thrive on things that are new. I really like to learn something different and these people are doing the work to source, produce and deliver that content to me for free. Being a listener helps me along my journey as a ‘student,’ who is constantly learning. As a bonus, there is no formal testing associated with this kind of learning. I listen when I can and synthesize it into my own life.”

We Want to Know: What Podcasts Are You Listening to?

One of the best ways to discover new content is through recommendations.

We’d love to know what shows are inspiring and entertaining you!

You never know whose life you can impact and improve with your recommendations.

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For over a decade, Tanya has been helping organizations and individuals alike tell their stories. A graduate of Western University, Tanya holds a Bachelor of Science degree, as well as a post-graduate diploma in Public Relations. As an experienced marketing and communications professional, she has helped individuals, start-ups, and multinational corporations craft and amplify meaningful communications across the arts, culture, entertainment, health, wellness, and technology industries.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Hello!

    Crazy question…in the US, radio talent use allaccess.com to search for radio jobs.
    Where might Canadian radio jobs be found online?

    Thanks for your help 🙂

    Catherine

  2. As a buiz owner I find the “tell you what to do” shows tiring. What interests me is real stories about surviving the entrepreneurial landscape. Gimlet’s Startup, Andrew Warner’s Mixergy, and Jerry’s Colona’s Reboot Podcats are great. But if you’re a fan of cinematic audio storytelling there’s not much to choose from.
    Seeing this problem I decided to create a show to fill the gap. I’m a therapist whom launched a media company, so I’ve got the skill set to deep dive the hearts and minds behind inspired ventures. So I seek out the weird kids now adults redefining success and happiness. I explore their wipeouts and recoveries. Interviews + audio cinema – problem solved.

    If interested you can find The Pioneers of Insight Podcast on iTunes and everywhere else.

    Thanks for the great article!

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