Everyone has different tastes but I’m letting you in on what I think are the best podcasts for me and my audience — introverted women with big hearts, and other sensitive souls, who want to live their truest life and make an impact without burning out. We like authenticity over hype, and these shows serve up the real deal.
Who Made My “Best” List?
These shows below are hosted by authentic inspiring women, mostly introverts too, who draw out real-life personal and professional insights from their guests. I hope you will find them inspiring too.
Rest assured that I only selected shows that won’t jar your sensitive nerves with loud music or ego-driven banter. Too many podcasts are like that so I’ve been so happy to find these.
Find one or two that speak to you and enjoy the depth and growth inside these treasure chests.
Especially for introverts:
- Introvert Biz Growth Podcast – Host Sarah Santacroce does such heartfelt interviews, capturing the deep story behind the introvert entrepreneur.
- Introverts Talking Business Podcast – Host Thea Orozco brings you actionable advice and useful perspectives from successful introverted entrepreneurs, including how to deal with online marketing.
Especially for women who want to have an impact:
- Heroine – Host Majo Molfino, immigrant entrepreneur, millenial, and calm powerhouse, says “I help multi-passionate, professional women become the leaders the world needs, instead of the ‘good girls’ the world wants.” A favorite episode: Shiza Shihad: Reclaiming Multiple Identities in the Age of Extremism (Shiza is co-founder of the Malala Fund.)
- Le vital corps Salon podcast – With host Kara Martin Snyder, real women talk real world struggles and solutions. “Real” in the real sense. Kara says, “It’s a soul-soothing space for all of the often secret, frazzled Type-As, perfectionists, imposters, and over-scheduling addicts to make themselves cozy and recharge a little.”
- Claim the Stage – Host Angela Lussier is a paid public speaker, self-proclaimed introvert, and founder of Speaker Sisterhood. In the show, she explores the growth-filled terrain of public speaking and how to make it easier.
- Dialogue Lab: Social Impact and All the Feels – Host Reva Patwardhan is about helping you thrive as you make an impact. She gets real about social change, paired with burnout prevention. Her work in the world inspires me!
- #SecuretheSeat – Host Minda Harts offers for women of color what the “Lean In” movement didn’t address. She runs a career development company for women of color, and she is leading The Women of Color Equity Initiative which is so exciting. I love what she’s about. Her show is useful for allies too.
For anyone who enjoys the big soulful questions of life:
- On Being – This NPR show with host Krista Tippett is astounding in its depth and soulfulness, asking the big questions about life. These interviews will stay with you and may even change you. “We pursue deep thinking and social courage, moral imagination and joy, to renew inner life, outer life, and life together.” A favorite episode: John Lewis: Love in Action.
- Sounds True: Insights at the Edge – Host Tami Simon interviews leading spiritual teachers and authors, like Van Jones, Kristin Neff, Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
- Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations – Oprah is better than ever in these mind-blowing conversations. My soul is soothed and ignited every time I listen. A favorite episode: Adyashanti: Falling into Grace
Honorable Mention – Awesome Shows with Male Hosts
I can’t resist mentioning two more shows that I love and listen to regularly. They are hosted by heart-centered men who are taking a deep look at understanding our world and culture. They tackle hard topics like race, gender, inequity and more.
- Hidden Brain – NPR show host Shankar Vedantam is a masterful journalist and interviewer, asking questions that I want to know too. A favorite episode: Getting Unstuck
- Scene on Radio – Host John Biewen goes deep and authentic. One season was dedicated to seeing “white”, and the next season about men, and how we got to this place of lopsided privilege. He explores the roots without being preachy, and you end up with insights that matter.
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