If you're looking for the best internal communication podcasts, look no further.
And if you're not looking for internal communication podcasts, then let me enlighten you my friend.
Podcasts are quickly becoming one of the most valuable sources of information and insight for internal communicators (and everyone else).
They are like a window into the minds of the best practitioners and consultants in the industry. And they are just sitting there, waiting for you to climb through and soak up all of their knowledge.
Don't worry, I've got your back.
I did some research and picked out my favorite internal communications podcasts so you can stop searchin' and start learnin' right away.
[ Last updated: February 2020 ]
Let's get started:
This is a new addition to the list for 2020 and an impressive addition indeed.
After writing her book, 'From Cascade to Conversation,' which advocates for a different kind of internal communication—one based on genuine, meaningful dialogue rather than broadcasting, Katie decided to take her own advice and launch The Internal Comms Podcast.
In each episode, Katie Macaulay sits down with IC thought-leaders to better understand how we can improve communications at work. After all, it’s what’s inside that counts.
Here's a highlight reel of some of Katie's favorite moments:
Number two on this list, but number one in our hearts, is the incomparable Chuck Gose— and he's at it again with another internal communications podcast, this time for Social Chorus.
This is podcast is jam-packed with that salty, sweet, hard-hitting Chuck Gose flavor we've all come to know and love, and features communicators from huge brands like the American Cancer Society, MGM Resorts & Whirlpool.
Settle in, drink in the internal communications knowledge—some shaken, some stirred, and maybe even some with a twist— and enjoy some top-shelf internal comms wisdom.
Here are Chuck's favorite episodes:
#3. Remote Control
Here are their favorite episodes:
Sure, it's a bit specific, especially when compared to the rest of our internal comms podcast recommendations here, but you gotta love when a company invests in providing this kind of value for their audience.
In this podcast, the folks at Visix (a digital signage company) give listeners practical advice from experts on systems, communications, content, and design. Whether you’re using digital signage, or just considering it, this podcast can help you communicate better.
Here's a great episode:
Any list of internal comms podcasts without ICology on it is just a bad list.
Sorry, not sorry, at all.
Like the intro says, if internal comms is your passion, this is your podcast.
On each episode, Chuck Gose interviews an interesting person doing interesting things in internal communications.
This podcast is iconic because Chuck is a fantastic interviewer. He’s candid, crafty, witty and knows a ton about internal communications. He asks thoughtful questions and makes the guests feel at ease and open.
Here are Chuck’s favorite episodes:
This podcast is a gem.
It’s professional, thoughtfully structured, and has really high production value that makes it easy to listen to. They've put in a ton of work to create this valuable resource for communicators.
The episodes are snackable at about 15-20 minutes and feature insights from high-level practitioners and consultants, so you really have no excuse not to listen.
They've been going strong for over a year now and the new season drops February 2020!
Here are our favorite episodes:
For Immediate Release is actually a podcast network and a podcast.
First, let's talk about the namesake of the FIR Network, For Immediate Release.
This podcast is hosted by FIR Network co-founder, Shel Holtz and Neville Hobson.
Let’s just talk about Shel Holtz for a minute.
He’s got 40 years of organizational communications experience in both corporate and consulting environments.
He’s a five-time winner of IABC’s Gold Quill award.
He’s written a ton of books on communications and communications technology.
He co-authored the book, How to Do Everything with Podcasting.
And in 2005, he co-founded the first communications-themed podcast ever and has helped several companies start up their own podcasts.
What I am trying to say is, Shel Holtz is the original podcast king and no one is coming for his title anytime soon.
Here’s the latest episode:
Every month, a panel of IABC Fellows gather and talk shop about communications.
If you’re unfamiliar, IABC is the International Association of Business Communicators.
Becoming a ‘Fellow’ is the highest honor that can be bestowed on an IABC member. It means that the named communicator has had a significant impact not only on their organization and IABC, but also on the communication profession at large.
So what I’m saying is, this panel knows what they are talking about and you should listen.
Here’s one of their favorite episodes:
#9. EE Voice
On this podcast, hosts Sharon & Sharon interview different experts about employee engagement, internal communications, best practices, and practical tips to improve employee communications.
And don't worry if you're short on time. They're now running a short, 8-minutes or less episodes called EE Voice Clips.
Because the interviews and topics are based on overcoming challenges that all communicators will face, and because the advice and insight they dispense is all based on their experiences, this podcast is truly a must listen for communicators.
Here’s one of their most popular episodes:
In The Inspiring Change Podcast, Founder and Director of Inspiring Change, Scott McInnes interviews leaders about their views on internal comms and employee engagement.
This podcast is a great resource for both leaders and ambitious communicators that want to gain a new perspective on leadership and change. Regardless of your role in communications, understanding the view from the top is essential to defining and communicating your own internal comms strategy.
And if that doesn’t get you interested, listen anyways and enjoy sweet sounds of their soothing Irish accents.
This is Scott’s favorite episode:
Engage for Success is now in its 7th year of recording, and has so many episodes to choose from (over 300), featuring interviews with so many different interesting people talking about engagement, that I’ll admit, it is kinda overwhelming.
The show is all about the movement for employee engagement and is committed to the idea that there is a better way to work.
Every week, a new 30-minute episode is posted, so you better get started.
Here is a popular episode:
In this show, the founder and CEO of contentgroup, David Pembroke has conversations with industry greats, experts, and innovators from around the world on communications in the public sector and government.
The talk best practices and provide resources to help government and public sector communicators strategically communicate policies, services, and regulations.
They even dive into storytelling, measurement, and content strategy.
This is a communications podcast too comprehensive not to check out.
Here’s an episode:
#13. Brave New Work
If you're an internal communicator, you know that every day is a battle between chaos and bureaucracy.
But, what if there’s a third way? Aaron Dignan and Rodney Evans help teams all over the world discover a more adaptive and human way of working.
Every episode they bring a counterintuitive take on a common challenge at work—and you'll hear from guests who have been there and found their way to something better. This isn’t business as usual. This is Brave New Work.
Here's one of their internal comms-focused episodes:
#14. Emotion at Work
Whether we like it or not, we're all human.
And if you're human, you've got emotions. Unfortunately, they don't stop when you walk in the door to work everyday.
Luckily, in the UK and North America there has been a tangible shift in the way we treat emotions and people at work, but we still have a long way to go.
That's where the Emotion at Work podcast comes in.
This podcast definitely has something for everyone, especially internal communicators. Between managing leaders, managers, and other departments, while also trying to empathetically communicate to an internal audience that is diverse and of course, human, communicators have to do a lot of emotional work to communicate effectively and meet people where they're at.
This one is a must listen for internal communications professionals with big hearts, who know that sooner or later, it all comes down to how we feel.
Here's their favorite episode:
Though not specifically an internal communications podcast, WorkLife with Adam Grant touches on all sorts of topics that internal communicators are hungry for.
In this awesome official TED podcast, Adam Grant, organizational psychologist, takes you inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to explore the science of making work not suck.
Each weekly episode you'll hear from extraordinary teams and people, like the team at Pixar who broke boundaries with The Incredibles, or the Olympic athletes who cheer for their rivals.
From learning how to love criticism to harnessing the power of frustration, one thing’s for sure: after this podcast you’ll never see your job the same way again.
Here's our favorite episode:
#16. HBR Idea Cast
Hosted by Alison Beard, and Curt Nickisch, both senior editors at Harvard Business Review, this weekly podcast features the leading thinkers in business and management.
This is a great podcast for internal communicators because of the diverse array of topics that it covers. Though not specifically related to internal comms, it covers a lot of important issues that every organization will encounter sooner or later. And of course, internal communications professionals will be accountable for addressing these issues in their communication strategies.
So why not get ahead of the game?
Here's a great episode for internal communicators:
Eat Sleep Work Repeat is a podcast about making work better.
Bruce Daisley interviews psychologists, neuroscientists and workplace experts to understand how we can improve our jobs. The series has a focus on science and experts, over gurus and opinions.
This is a must-listen for anyone who wants to make work better for themselves and for the employees at their organization.
Here's our favorite episode:
#18. Work of Fiction
NOBL is an organizational design collective that helps leaders align company culture to strategy.
In this podcast, you can listen to NOBL’s organizational designers analyze the fictional organizations from your favorite movies and television shows! Fun right?
They talk about what works and what doesn’t in workplaces like Santa's workshop, Office Space, and even Game of Thrones. But most importantly, they talk about the simple tools the characters (and us!) can implement to make better workplaces.
Definitely worth a listen.
Here's a great episode:
#19. The CSuite Podcast
This podcast is a slightly different flavor than the aforementioned. Its topics are a little broader and as its name suggests, it is more focused on voices in the C-Suite.
While they do touch on internal communications, it is not the sole focus of the show. But it is worth checking out because all communicators could benefit from understanding the C-Suite’s perspective on communications and PR.
Here’s is some of their internal comms-focused episodes:
#20. Ask A Manager
While not specifically internal comms related, it is still relevant to anyone who works.
On the Ask A Manager podcast, host Alison Green takes calls from listeners about how to deal with clueless coworkers, toxic bosses, impossible employees, and more.
It's smart, measured, and addresses real workplace issues that we all face. I found myself shaking my head and nodding in agreement just as I read the episode titles.
Definitely worth a listen and scrolling through the library of posts if you're facing an uncomfortable work situation and you need some advice.
Here’s is one of Alison's comms-focused episodes:
And that’s it!
If you liked this list, be sure to check out The 13 Best Internal Communications Blogs.
And stay tuned for my next post where I will catalogue all the best resources for internal communicators, and the rest of the Bananatag Best of 2020 series!