Coaches, like all professionals, benefit from being part of a community.
Sharing experiences, discussing lessons learned, and exchanging techniques, strengthen knowledge, and build expertise (Cox, Bachkirova, & Clutterbuck,2018).
Whether just starting out or with years of experience under your belt, some podcasts can help you develop your business and coaching skills and feel part of this life-changing profession.
In this article, we identify 20 podcasts that will inspire you as a coach and support you in your work with clients. There are interviews with life, career, and executive coaches, and guidance to help you grow professionally while supporting clients.
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4 Best Podcasts for Coaches
The following four podcasts offer a wealth of expertise and experience gained by coaching professionals. There are plenty of others that can be found from an online search, but these provide both a broad and in-depth coverage of the coaching profession.
They will help you develop skills and overcome many of the challenges faced in building a successful business.
1. The Coaching Life Podcast
The Coaching Life Podcast with the coach, speaker, and author, Phil Goddard, is a well thought out series of interviews with coaches and clients.
Each episode provides real-life insight into what it takes to be a coach, the lessons learned, and pitfalls encountered along the way.
For a fascinating insight into coaching, listen to the two interviews with Kevin Waldron. Taken three and a half years apart (episode 1 and 77), they share the experiences and learnings of a coach building a sustainable practice.
2. The Coaching Podcast
The Coaching Podcast, by Emma Doyle & Simon Blair, is a hugely enjoyable series discussing the parallels and differences between coaching in business and sport.
Guests include leadership advisors, conference speakers, entrepreneurs, coaches, and athletes, offering insights into the challenges they face and the strategies they use to overcome them.
Check out the interview with a behavioral strategist, Warren Kennaugh, and his work with large corporations and top athletes on changing behavior for individual and team success.
3. Natural Born Coaches
Marc Mawhinney started his incredibly successful Natural Born Coaches podcast in 2014 to help coaches grow their businesses.
He has a back catalog of over 600 episodes and continues to provide entertaining and insightful interviews with coaching professionals each week.
Steve Sunshine provides expert guidance on how an extraordinary piece of technology–a chatbot named TruCHAT–can improve client engagement with your coaching business.
4. The Art of Coaching
The Art of Coaching provides extensive support for coaches via a collection of podcasts, books, online courses, and live events.
There are over 100 downloadable interviews available covering everything from leadership to answering why you are not reaching your full potential.
The Why You Are Not Getting Anything Done episode explores distraction–and how to avoid it–and why we often go to bed, believing we have failed to achieve all we could.
Inspiring Life Coaching Podcasts
We are all aware of the importance of a work-life balance, and yet, often remain unclear how it can be fixed. Coaches help identify and reduce imbalances while bringing clarity to life goals and talking through changes to impact your world positively.
Life coaching, while powerful and transformative, must be safe, supportive, and confidential. The coach will be working with clients on particularly sensitive areas of their lives–finance, marriage, stress, relationships–and need to be equipped to do so.
The following podcasts deliver practical insights that can help put meaning at the center of your own and your client’s life. And yet, they will also offer encouragement to you as a coach and enthuse you in the profession.
1. Excellent Executive Coaching Podcast
The Excellent Executive Coaching podcast, hosted by Dr. Katrina Burns, provides wide-ranging, in-depth leadership coaching advice.
As a Master Certified Coach from the International Coaching Federation (ICF), Dr. Burns covers how to thrive as a coach, excel on LinkedIn, effectively manage the finances of your coaching business, and even be more charismatic.
2. Letter from A Hopeful Creative
Letters from A Hopeful Creative, launched in 2018 by Sara Tasker and Jen Carrington, is a fortnightly podcast for creatives.
Each episode provides a mini-coaching session offering support and encouragement in response to a question sent in by a listener.
For example, how to find the courage to build the business you want? Or how to reinvent your business into something less stressful and more joyful?
In When You’re Not Sure What You Want To Do Next, you find out how to give yourself permission to begin a journey of change and welcome the challenges that it brings.
Organizational psychologist, Adam Grant, runs the Ted Original podcast, WorkLife.
He aims to share learnings by interviewing unusual professionals who take the challenges and difficulties thrown at them and excel in their chosen career or profession.
WorkLife was near the top of the Apple chart for most downloaded podcasts in 2018 and is still hugely popular.
Burnout Is Everyone’s Problem explores how to redefine jobs to avoid psychological exhaustion and includes conversations with people who have overcome burnout.
4. Courage & Spice
Sas Petherick’s Courage & Spice podcast provides inspiring stories and evidence-led research to navigate uncertainty and life-limiting lack of confidence.
Having researched the field, Sas offers valuable insights into dealing with unhealthy beliefs, issues of lack of self-esteem, and self-acceptance.
Reality is Neutral is an exceptional deep dive into how we bias our perception of a neutral world through our values and belief system, and what to do about it.
5. The Tim Ferriss Show
The Tim Ferriss Show is regularly at the top of the podcast download charts, and with good reason.
Known for his popular books, including the best-seller, The 4-Hour Workweek, this series takes us through interviews with celebrities, Olympic athletes, film stars, and politicians and the coaching tools they use to maximize their potential.
Actor Hugh Jackman is interviewed and describes how he uses meditation and intuition to manage success in his daily life.
Podcasts For Business and Executive Coaches
The goal of business and executive coaching is to maximize the potential of organizations and their senior managers for growth, transformation, and success.
Executive coaching allows a professional to stop and reflect, bounce ideas, and share concerns in a safe environment. Successful sessions lead to more resilient leaders, with increased motivation and clarity over the steps to reach their next goal.
The following four podcasts offer support to coaches, business leaders, and executives along that journey:
1. Lead to Win
In Lead to Win, New York Times best-selling author Michael Wyatt takes us on a path through personal development, leadership, and influencing skills.
Each episode is delivered enthusiastically, offering guidance and tools in areas such as how to sustain achievement and increase personal productivity.
3 Habits of Wise Leaders offers examples of avoidable mistakes and how to prevent them while acquiring the skills and practices needed to make the best decisions.
2. Coaching for Leaders
Dr. Dave Stachowiak’s hugely popular podcast, Coaching for Leaders, has been running since 2011.
Over 300 episodes of actionable wisdom, interesting guests, and engaging delivery help develop leadership skills.
An interview with Bonni Stachowiak, professor of business and management at Vanguard University, answers questions on how to get started in leadership.
3. Leadership Biz Café
Keynote and TEDx speaker, Tanveer Naseer, explores the leadership challenges we face today in Leadership Biz Café.
While covering leadership and team building, he delves into how to tap employee potential and encourage innovation.
The How to Bring More Humanity to Your Leadership episode, with Beth Weissenberger–co-founder of an executive life coaching company–helps you navigate your human side as a leader without doubting your ability.
4. Coaches Rising
While Coaches Rising provides certified coach training, it also offers a series of podcasts aimed at sharing expert knowledge through a series of interviews with coaching professionals.
Getting Your Clients World is an incredible insight into how leaders can deal with and overcome complexity while going through periods of change.
For Career Coaches
We can all benefit from guidance on career options and how to start, change, or re-think our future.
A career coach can help a client see options more clearly.
Try out the following podcasts for some worthwhile insights into realizing your potential and meeting those career goals:
1. The Exclusive Career Coach
The Exclusive Career Coach is aimed at high performing career professionals, focusing on branding, resumes, and presentation skills.
There are over one hundred podcasts covering career management, job searching, and career decisions, amongst other areas.
The episode Is Now the Perfect Time for a Side Hustle? will provide you with the push you need to handle a difficult time of unemployment by reinventing yourself in a new role.
2. The School of Greatness Podcast
You cannot help but be inspired by The School of Greatness Podcast. The series is a one-stop-shop for embracing difficult times, finding happiness, and a successful career (not necessarily in financial terms).
Do you want to have self-worth and confidence that does not rely on other people’s approval? In Build a Reputation with Yourself, Ed Mylett shares his tools for building self-confidence.
Pivot with Jenny Blake takes you through your next career move while embracing fear and uncertainty. Jenny provides some encouraging support if you are considering a change of direction.
Henna Inam is interviewed in Wired for Disruption-5 Agility Shifts and explains how to drive transformation and collaborate while avoiding burnout.
4. Career Cloud
Career Cloud is downloaded an astonishing 2,500 times a day.
The range of subjects covered is vast, guiding interviewing, creating resumes, using social media, and job hunting. It’s an incredible resource for anyone looking to change careers or consider their next option for promotion.
Rather than continuing with an out of date CV style, Modernizing your Resume and Mastering your LinkedIn profile will help you receive the level of interest you are aiming for and the next career move that you deserve.
A Look at The Life Coach School Podcast
Brooke Castillo is a Master Certified instructor, author, and curriculum creator for The Life Coach School. Her training programs guide you through exploring your own and others’ thoughts, feelings, and behaviors leading to certification as a coach.
The school’s top-rated podcast has over 300 episodes and covers everything from changing your life, adopting a new mindset, improving relationships, to dealing with stress. It benefits from using lessons from real clients with genuine problems and discussing practical coaching that works.
Being able to enjoy your life and yourself is less straightforward than it first appears. If, like the rest of us, you need help enjoying the moment, listen to the How to Enjoy Yourself episode.
Note on the Anxiety Coaches Podcast
In the Anxiety Coaches Podcast, Gina Ryan discusses lifestyle changes that can help you manage stress, anxiety, and panic attacks better.
With over 600 episodes to choose from, it provides an essential resource for handling everything from poor sleep, regaining a sense of calm, and managing your emotions more effectively.
Gina’s podcast on how to Practice Best and Worst-case Scenarios to Ease Anxiety provides particularly useful guidance to achieve better outcomes.
Learn from our very own positive psychology researcher and practitioner Hugo Alberts, Ph.D., and entrepreneur Seph Fontane Pennock in the PositivePsychology.com podcast.
Not only will you learn practical strategies for increasing mental wellbeing–including strengths, gratitude, and meaning in life–but also hear personal stories that reflect positive psychology into practice.
A Take-Home Message
Working with clients to identify beliefs that stop them from achieving their goals, change how they feel about themselves, or make better use of their strengths takes expert coaching, the right tools, and experience (Franklin, 2019).
Receiving the right coaching training, certification, and accreditation is crucial to providing that support, being successful as a coach, and growing your business. Nevertheless, the journey can be a lonely one, logging long hours to achieve the knowledge required.
Podcasts can help. Learn from other’s successes and failures. Whether traveling or sitting comfortably at home, a recording of a well-put-together interview, or conversation between experienced professionals, can transport the listener to that of the coach’s office, as client or practitioner.
Whether you are currently undergoing training to become a certified coach or a seasoned professional, engaging with the podcasts created by professional coaches can offer vital insights into your chosen profession.
Listen to the podcasts, find ones that entertain you, hold your interest, and guide you through the art of coaching and how to grow your business. Take notes in a dedicated journal or online notebook and build up a library of resources that can be referred to when challenges are faced or obstacles stand in your way.
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- Cox, E., Bachkirova, T., & Clutterbuck, D. (2018). The complete handbook of coaching. Los Angeles: SAGE.
- Franklin, M. (2019). The Heart of Laser-Focused Coaching: A revolutionary approach to masterful coaching. Wilmington, DE: Thomas Noble Books.