If you’re looking for inspiration from fellow event professionals to amplify your next event, or just need some edu-entertainment for your day, there are plenty of industry podcasts to fill your knowledge base. Here are five podcasts for meeting and event planners to get started.
GatherGeeks interviews industry professionals at the top of their field, but takes their in-depth conversations a step further. Listeners can gather actionable information from the experts that they can implement to propel their own events forward. “Industry podcasts, like GatherGeeks from BizBash, are the secret way to listen in on unrehearsed conversations with the best pros in the business,” says David Adler, C.E.O. and Founder, BizBash. “You're able to take the insider tips, ideas and inspiration that you hear and implement immediately. It’s like getting the best event consultants in the world for free."
A 16-year veteran in the events industry, Charles Eide, hosts the weekly Meeting Minds podcast featuring industry leaders who dive deep into their area of expertise. "It's like adding sprinkles and chocolate sauce to your event knowledge,” says Eide, who focuses on creating a podcast that’s as equal parts entertaining and informative. The hope is to add to listeners’ knowledge base and expand their knowledge. Eide is the CEO of the international Creative Agency, EideCom, and CEO and creator of the fastest growing wedding media company called Forever Bride who shares knowledge of entrepreneurship, as well as the events and meeting industry.
With an engaged 40,000 listeners and counting, the growing Event Industry Podcast looks to bring its audience expert knowledge and advice for planning successful events. Co-founder and editor Adam Parry says, “We produce the Event Industry News podcast to allow our listeners to go deeper and learn more about different topics, in the fast-paced world of events time is everything and long-form written content can be challenging to get through.” Parry also credits the podcast’s format as a way to easily digest the knowledge during “dead time” like a morning commute, jog, on an errand, or even while traveling between events and meetings.
The Events Podcast interviews people who are leveraging the power and exposure of events to build their business. CEO of Events Frame and host Dan Taylor says, “Our guests are a full range from people running several huge conferences, down to people running small meetups to support their communities.” But the content aims to be actionable and focused on building momentum, as well as inspiring. “I focus on getting to the detail of how they plan, promote and run their events so the listeners get concrete tips that they can use straight away,” says Taylor.
#EventIcons is the longest running video podcast in the events industry. Hosted by Will Curran, the "Chief Event Einstein" of Endless Events, the podcast is currently the only place that you can join the conversation live and ask the guests questions directly. “I think our industry needs less inspirational fluff on latest trends and ideas on how to implement the new color of the year but instead hear from people who are producing the biggest events in the world and how they tackle issues,” says Curran. “We are extremely tactical on the podcast and love to give hard takeaways each week.” #EventIcons has over 152 episodes, and “offers an MBA's worth of learnings from the people who are actually are making things happen in the industry.” Endless Events also recently launched the Event Tech Podcast to cover the technology side of event planning. Whether you’re looking for your own free consultation in podcast-sized form, new ideas for your next event, or action to implement right away; adding to your rotation of industry podcasts could take your business to the next level. You might even want to join the conversation and pitch yourself as its next featured guest.