These days people are busier and more stressed than ever, and if you run your own business you know that better than anyone. Staying motivated, focused, organized and healthy can feel almost impossible for anyone nowadays, but especially when you’re the boss.

To help you be your best in 2019, we’ve compiled a list of 11 of the best coaching podcasts out there today. Our list includes some of the names you know and love, in addition to a handful of up-and-comers that we expect will make an impact for years to come. If you’re looking for a bit of direction, these podcasts can help you make the changes you want in your life.

The up-and-comers

While these shows are all relatively new (between one and two years old), they’re already making waves in the industry. Tune in to hear fresh secrets for success.

1. Alexa Curtis

Alexa Curtis
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Podcast

This is Life Unfiltered

Who is she and what’s the podcast all about?

This is Life Unfiltered podcast cover
Podcast cover design by curiouscase

Alexa Curtis kickstarted her career in 2011 when she founded A Life in the Fashion Lane. Since then she has transformed her site into a full-time lifestyle website for young adults. She also stays busy with her development of nonprofit Media Impact and Navigation for Teens, a panel discussion in schools on social media and mental health.

This is Life Unfiltered is a weekly podcast that focuses on all things social media, mental health, and more. As Alexa says about her podcast:

“When I started This is Life Unfiltered, I had no clue what the next year would bring. The journey from the beginning of episode 1 to the beginning of episode 56 has come with its fair share of ups and downs.”

I didn’t realize how crucial voicing your most raw opinion was until I began sharing my opinion into a microphone.
- Alexa Curtis

“I didn’t realize how crucial time to yourself—and voicing your most raw opinion—was until I began spending time at my WeWork office sharing my opinion into a microphone, or sitting next to top entrepreneurs listening to them share their life stories so candidly with me,” Alexa told us.

What we like about this podcast

  • Interviews. Alexa Curtis interviews a versatile range of influencers and successful people from a range of categories, mostly from younger demographics. Her most recent discussion was with one of the founding fathers of rap. Pretty awesome!
  • She’s a powerhouse. Her drive and passion is present in each podcast. She’s exactly the type of person you would want providing tips on how to live the best life, considering she has been an entrepreneur since the age of 12.
  • She uses 99designs. Alexa teamed up with designer curiouscase to redesign her TILF podcast cover. Since then she’s used 99designs several more times for her business cards, website, marketing collateral and more. Check out her Be Fearless Summit in March to see her latest branding collaboration with 99designer TikaDesign.

2. Jenna Kutcher

Jenny Kutcher
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Podcast

Goal Digger

Who is she and what’s the podcast all about?

Jenna Kutcher
via Goal Digger

In her own words Jenna Kutcher is a small-town Minnesota photographer, podcaster and educator with big dreams. Jenna Kutcher focuses on educating others on how to earn a living doing what they love.

Goal Digger is a live-workshop style business podcast that helps thousands of listeners redefine success and chase bolder dreams. Her podcast gives listeners the chance to listen to life experts on how to dig in, do the work and tackle their biggest goals along the way.

What we like about this podcast

  • Her personality. Jenna is clearly a very down-to-earth host with a great voice to listen to. She keeps things real, and offers great practical marketing-focused advice for creative entrepreneurs.
  • She is proof that you can achieve your dreams. Jenna Kutcher actually started her career in an unconventional way. She purchased a used camera off Craigslist, which ultimately led to a multi-million dollar photography empire. Pretty impressive if you ask us!

3. Krista Williams & Lindsey Simcik

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Podcast

Almost 30 Podcast

Who are they and what’s the podcast all about?

Krista Williams and Lindsey Simcik are 2 young adults who―inspired by the transition from their twenties to thirties―created the Almost 30 Podcast.

Almost 30 Podcast
via Almost 30

The podcast is a great resource for young adults and features conversations about topics like wellness, entrepreneurship, spirituality, and self-development.

The mission of these two is simple―to provide listeners with the tools and motivation they need to propel their personal growth and navigate any transition in their lives.

What we like about this podcast

  • The enjoyment we get from listening. Almost 30 is fun to listen to and covers a range of topics that expand beyond just entrepreneurship. Both ladies discuss hilarious freestyle stories along the way to break up the more serious advice.
  • The realness of it. Krista and Lindsey record every episode all in one go, without any cuts or edits. As Krista puts it, “We use every part of the conversation and interview and we haven’t ever cut anything yet.” Plus, they record out of a makeshift studio in Lindsey’s kitchen! We love the authenticity of it—their story is definitely one for aspiring podcasters to learn from.
The process of failures, vocal lessons and auditions led me to Lindsey, which led us to start a podcast about transitions and the in-between time in life.
- Krista Williams

Krista explains, “Almost 30 Podcast actually started when I was going for what I thought to be my dream job at SoulCycle. What stopped me from getting the job was that I wasn’t comfortable on the microphone in the room.”

“The whole process of failures, vocal lessons and auditions led me to Lindsey, which led us to start a podcast about transitions and the in-between time in life. If I hadn’t tried for SoulCycle, we wouldn’t have met to start Almost 30.”

4. Jen Gotch

Jen Gotch
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Podcast

Jen Gotch is OK… Sometimes

Who is she and what’s the podcast all about?

jen gotch
Jen Gotch via ban.do

Jen Gotch started out juggling multiple different creative careers such as blogging, food and prop styling, and her true passion—photography. She also founded Ban.Do, a successful clothing and accessory company currently taking the world by storm.

Jen Gotch is also a stand-out life coach who keeps things down-to-earth and real on engaging topics such as how to tackle anxiety and how to remain resilient through trying times. As she describes it, her podcast is “kinda weird, original, funny, and honest.” Jen Gotch is OK… Sometimes aims to help listeners build their emotional intelligence, and feel less alone in the big scary wide world. We think it’s a brave, enjoyable show you shouldn’t miss out on.

What we like about this podcast

  • Humor! Jen is able to strike a really great balance between serious and lighthearted content. Listening to her podcast feels like being her friend and she is highly personable in the delivery of her content. In her own words she expresses her mission as to be “the friend you never met.”
  • She keeps it real. She is highly personable and calm discussing difficult topics such as anxiety and depression. Mental health is a serious subject and difficult to discuss for many. Jen Gotch is honest and open about the subject, discussing it in a way that shows comfort and understanding. Her podcast is a fantastic resource.
  • Her network. Jen is part of the uber cool Girlboss network, a network that exists to help redefine success for millennial women by providing the tools and connections they are searching for in order to take command of their futures. All of the shows on their roster are fantastic resources for entrepreneurial women.

5. Cortney Cleveland & Joymarie Parker

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Podcast

Joblogues

Who are they and what’s the podcast all about?

Cortney Cleveland and Joymarie Parker are childhood friends who started the Joblogues podcast to speak about career choices and entrepreneurship with young professionals from across the globe.

The podcast has a highly engaged audience of multicultural women who tune in monthly to get the best career advice, inspiration, and lots of laughs.

What we like about this podcast

joymarie and cortney from joblogues
Joymarie and Cortney via Joblogues
  • They are genuine. Each conversation within the podcast feels real, candid, and easy to listen to. They discuss serious topics without feeling the need to go over-the-top.
  • Interviews. They interview a robust roster of entrepreneurs such as Mayor Sofia Pereira, fashion powerhouse Felita Harris, and CRWN Magazine Co-Founder Lindsey Day—unique people whose names you don’t see over and over in other podcasts. The episode featuring award-winning entrepreneur Felecia Hatcher is a standout and we definitely recommend checking it out.

6. Chris Hogan

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Podcast

The Chris Hogan Show

Who is he and what’s the podcast all about?

Chris Hogan
via The Chris Hogan Show

Chris Hogan is a best-selling author, personal finance expert, and America’s leading voice on retirement, investing and building wealth. He sets out with the goal of helping people avoid financial traps and setting their families up for the future.

Chris Hogan created The Chris Hogan Show to communicate with listeners about retirement, investing and building wealth. The show features new episodes every week and Chris educates, encourages and empowers listeners on their journey to becoming an everyday millionaire.

What we like about this podcast

  • It’s empowering. Chris’ tone is empowering and he covers a wide range of topics related to finance to help listeners succeed.
  • Accessibility. He makes complicated money matters accessible to a younger audience. Talking about money is often an intimidating subject, but Chris Hogan talks calmly and openly about it, widening his appeal to a diverse range of people.

7. John August

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Podcast

Launch

Who is he and what’s the podcast all about?

John August is an author who is most famous for being a screenwriter. He is behind many successful pieces of work such as Charlie’s Angels, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Frankenweenie. He has also written and directed the 2007 movie The Nines. Definitely a man of many talents!

John August
via Launch

While writing his own novel, he decided to record the process he was going through and create the podcast Launch to detail his experiences and record interviews with different people involved in the process.

What we like about this podcast

  • His experience across several different types of writing. John August has experience writing across many different mediums. His knowledge of screenwriting, directing, and noveling means he is a fantastic resource for all aspiring writers out there who are looking to achieve different things.
  • His step-by-step guide. Launch was created to provide listeners with a guide for holding their hand through the process of what it takes to go from start to finish in the writing of a book. The podcast does exactly that and is an incredible resource for all aspiring authors out there.

8. Sara Dietschy

Sara Dietschy
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Podcast

That Creative Life

Who is she and what’s the podcast all about?

Sara Dietschy
Sarah Dietschy via That Creative Life

Entrepreneur Sara Dietschy rose to fame when she created her first Youtube channel Creative Spaces TV. Since then she has gone on to gain more than 420,000 subscribers and has evolved to create her most recent podcast That Creative Life.

Sara Dietschy started That Creative Life to educate listeners through candid conversations with business professionals and artists from all over the world. The podcast features a highly versatile list of individuals who bring something new and exciting to every episode.

What we like about this podcast

  • The guests. The podcast features a range of creative and accomplished guests, including Peter Mckinnon, Sorelle Amore, and most recently co-creator of the hit series Life Noggin, Ian Dokie.
  • Her talent. Sara is extremely talented and the delivery of her podcast is top notch. She is both creative and inspiring, all at the tender age of 24!

The big hitters

So, now you’ve seen our list of up-and-comers, it’s time to look at some of the podcasters who have been dominating the game for a while.

Life coaching isn’t a new trend, and these professionals have been making a difference in the lives of people all over the world for some time.

9. Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin
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Podcast

Happier

Who is she and what’s the podcast all about?

Gretchen Rubin
via GretchenRubin.com

Gretchen Rubin is one of today’s most influential and thought-provoking observers of happiness and human nature. She is known for her ability to distill and convey complex ideas with humor and clarity, in a way that’s accessible to a wide audience. With Happier Gretchen and her sister Elizabeth focus on helping listeners achieve exactly that in their lives, along with tips and ideas on how to develop life-long good habits.

People want to learn, and they also want to teach and share.
- Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen told us, “One thing that has surprised Elizabeth and me is the intensity and enthusiasm of the audience engagement. People want to learn, and they also want to teach and share. We’ve added new segments like ‘Happiness Hacks’ and ‘Listener Answers’ to highlight the great suggestions and insights that we get from our listeners. We can all learn so much from each other—about creating happier, healthier, more productive and more creative lives.”

What we like about this podcast

  • Perfect in size. The podcast is broken up into short, bite-sized episodes (some are even as short as 3 minutes).
  • It’s uplifting and encouraging. Gretchen joins forces with her sister to host the podcast. Their tone and delivery leaves listeners feeling uplifted and encouraged after each episode.

10. CJ & Eric Thomas

CJ and Eric Thomas
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Podcast

The Secret to Success with CJ & Eric Thomas

Who are they and what’s the podcast all about?

Eric Thomas
via Eric Thomas

Hosted primarily by Eric Thomas, the podcast gives listeners insight into how Eric went from being a homeless, high-school dropout to becoming a wildly successful entrepreneur, CEO and PhD. Listeners get to hear first hand how he was able to defy the odds, and single-handedly broke the negative generational cycles that plagued his family for decades.

What we like about this podcast

  • The tone. The tone of the podcast and the story of the hosts is incredibly unique. This one certainly stands out from most other business podcasts.
  • The connection with social media. While this is not directly related to the podcast, Eric Thomas’ Instagram is unique to his character, featuring encouraging and motivational posts that connect really well with his podcast.
  • Each podcast is accompanied by a written summary. Listeners are able to see and understand what they can expect to take away from each episode. This also serves as a form of note taking for listeners, so they are able to better internalize the key points of each episode.

Eric told us, “Sometimes it ain’t about being the most talented. Sometimes it ain’t about being the smartest. Sometimes it’s not even about working the hardest. Sometimes it’s about consistency! Consistency!”

What are you doing about your legacy? After you leave this earth will anyone remember that you were here?
- Eric Thomas

He says, “My team and I have committed to making this world a better place than we found it. If you go back a few years, you’ll notice that we have provided and continue to provide an insane amount of content and we have no plans on stopping now.”

“The question for each of you is what are you doing about your legacy? After you leave this earth will anyone remember that you were here?”

11. Lewis Howes

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Podcast

The School of Greatness

Who is he and what’s the podcast all about?

Lewis Howes
via Lewis Howes

Lewis Howes is a former All-American football player and decathlete who prides himself on being the dorky, out-of-sorts kid who discovered himself and his passion through the creation of his podcast. To add to his impressive resume, Howes has also built several online businesses, with perhaps his most impressive being SportsNetworker—a social media marketing consultant firm aimed at the sports industry.

The School of Greatness discusses everything business, leadership and personal development in a really personable and professional manner. Lewis proves to listeners across the world that with 100% effort and undying passion, anything is truly possible.

What we like about this podcast

  • He keeps it real. Lewis is an amazing host with a genuine following. He’s really impactful.
  • His guests are awesome. Lewis features some of the greatest minds out there and personalities that really connect with a wide range of listeners. Most recently he sat down with former paralympic silver medalist and motivational speaker Amy Purdy to discuss overcoming life’s physical challenges and how to be your best self. Powerful stuff.
  • He discusses his own flaws and accomplishments on a personal level. Lewis really connects with his listeners and frequently talks about challenges he has been forced to overcome in his life. A great episode in particular came at the end of last year when Lewis openly discussed his biggest wins and losses of the past year.

Time to make things happen

There you have it—now you’ve got plenty of inspiration to get started building the life and business of your dreams. Need help creating your business’s brand identity? Look no further:

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