If you’re looking for inspirational speakers, don’t restrict yourself to TEDTalks. Instead, check out the world of podcasts. You might be surprised with what you find!
Here are 12 podcasts we love. We welcome any additional suggestions you can provide – we’re always looking for more inspirational speakers.
12 Podcasts with Inspirational Speakers
10% Happier with Dan Harris
After experiencing a panic attack live on Good Morning America, ABC newsman Dan Harris discovered mindfulness meditation to handle his anxiety. In his podcast, he interviews smart people about their ideas on enlightenment.
Good Life Project
Jonathan Fields embarked on a journey to figure out how to live a life of deep meaning, joy, and connection. On the way, he created a community aligned on building good lives, and in his podcast, he interviews teachers, creators, and leaders to identify ways to live well in the world. You’ll learn what’s possible for yourself – it might be more than you think!
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Happier is one of the first podcasts I discovered, and it’s one of my favorites. I’ve written about it here before. Gretchen Rubin, a best-selling author who writes about happiness and good habits, discusses those topics with her sister Elizabeth Craft and occasional guests. They offer best practices, discuss happiness stumbling blocks, and provide actionable next steps for improving happiness.
How I Built This
How I Built This shares the stories of innovators, entrepreneurs, and other inspirational speakers. Host Guy Raz interview the founders of some of the world’s best known companies and brands. If you're building a business or are interested in doing so in the future, this podcast is for you!
Kind World, produced by Erika Lantz, shares powerful stories about people whose lives have been changed by someone else. These stories can be difficult to hear, but they highlight the way kindness can change the world.
Masters in Business
Masters in Business, by Bloomberg News, is hosted by columnist Barry Ritholtz. He interviews people and discusses the ideas that are shaping markets, investing, and business. Learn from college professors, coaches, CEOs, authors, and more. You'll be sure to find inspiration here!
If you want to be a better manager or have a better relationship with the manager you have, Radical Candor is the podcast for you. Hosts Kim Scott and Russ Laraway founded Candor, Inc. to change the way people think about management. Their podcast provides actionable tips for improving your workplace relationships.
Above, I said you shouldn’t restrict your search for inspirational speakers to TEDTalks. That doesn’t mean you should avoid them! This podcast takes the “Ideas Worth Spreading” that you love and puts them in an easy-to-access format. Now you can listen to TEDTalks anywhere you are.
The Daily Boost
The Daily Boost is a bit of a misnomer, as it's a free weekly podcast with a paid daily version. But whether it’s weekly or daily, Scott Smith provides impactful strategies to help you get inspired to master key life skills. His delivery is funny and upbeat, and episodes average 9 minutes, so it’s an easy listen.
The Tim Ferriss Show
Tim Ferris is a best-selling author best known for The 4-Hour Workweek. Tim describes himself as a human guinea pig – he experiments on himself to identify the best ways to live. In his podcast, he interviews fascinating people from all walks of life to identify actionable tactics, tools, and routines for listeners to apply to their lives.
The Tony Robbins Podcast
When you think of inspirational speakers, Tony Robbins might be the first name that comes to mind. Did you know he has a podcast? He shares proven strategies and tactics to help listeners achieve results in their personal and professional lives. This podcast combines excerpts from his events, as well as interviews with thought leaders.
Tiny Leaps, Big Changes
Host Gregg Clunis believes that all big changes come from the tiny leaps we make every day, and his podcast shares personal development and self-help strategies, as well as habits to develop. His podcast shares practical personal development advice based on scientific research.
Inspirational speakers are a great way to motivate your team. For more ideas on motivating your sales team, check out our eBook on the Four Dimensions of Sales Motivation.