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.
Here's the thing: Podcasts are quickly becoming one of the most valuable sources of information and insight for internal communicators.
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.
Let's get started:
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. (Which is one of many reasons we team up with him for the Chuck Chats series.)
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:Make your meetings more engaging with Kristin Hancock
Internal Comms Procast is only just a few months old at the time of writing this, but don’t let that deter you.
This podcast is a gem.
It’s professional, thoughtfully structured, and has really high production value that makes it easy to listen to.
And even though they are newer to the internal comms podcasting scene, just listen to one episode and it's obvious how much work they are putting in 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.
Pay attention to this podcast. They are on to something and I have a feeling that they're only going to get better.
Here are their favorite episodes:
#3. For Immediate Release [Podcast Network]
For Immediate Release is actually a podcast network and a podcast. For that reason, I’ve decided to smoosh three podcasts into one for this recommendation.
First, is Circle of Fellows.
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:
Next is 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.
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:
And finally, the namesake of the FIR Network, For Immediate Release.
This podcast is hosted by FIR Network co-founder, Shel Holtz.
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:
In Face Forward, 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:Episode #8 - Pedro Angulo
Engage for Success has so many episodes to choose from, 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:
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 one of their internal comms-focused episodes:
Bonus Podcast: 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 2018 series.