5 Essential Podcasts That Help YOU Become a Successful Storyteller

I don’t care.

I don’t care whether you are an author, marketer, mom, designer, biz owner or rebel leader – if you want to succeed in today’s environment, you have to be a grrreat storyteller first.

And it doesn’t even matter if it’s the verbal or the written way – if you can’t capture or engage your audience, whatever you’re trying to accomplish will crash and burn.

Brzzzzzzzzzzzzz (the sound of fire engulfing your crash)

Storytelling is one of the most essential skills you have to master in today’s age that can help you…

  • getting your message across
  • make people buy your stuff
  • spread inspiration
  • influence people in general to act on your calls-to-actions

Remember : we told stories when we were smelly cave men, and we will tell stories
when we’re doing 180° flips with our hoverboards on planetary colonies.


I would even claim that mastering this art is the closest thing to applying Jedi Mind tricks.


Now, let me present you the top 5 podcasts that have taught me how to use stories to hook people, influence them, create suspense, make people laugh and inspire the heck out of them.

What follows is a snapshot of each podcast, who made them, and why in the heck you should listen to it :

Let’s start with…

The self-publishing podcast with Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt and David Wright.
Now this is a special one. With these three guys, there’s enough bromance going on to fill ten buddy movies. Their podcast hangout show is stuffed with fun stories, bantering, tips and tricks for the modern story publisher and lots, lots, lots of humor, which is 100% NSFW.
Parental guidance strongly suggested.
They occasionally (read: constantly) get off the track, but if you like irreverent entertainment and interesting nuggets on storytelling, storySELLING
and finding your right ideas, check these guys out.

Why you should listen :

Entertaining, irreverent humor, hilarious…and occasionally informative.
They sometimes even feature interesting interviewees that they squeeze out like a ripe orange.

Writing excuses “Because we’re not that smart!” with Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler and Dan Wells

A couple of fairly popular fiction writers get together to create a group discussion about
very specific writing exercises. The advice is spot on and ranges from
idea generation to kicking writer’s block in the nuts. They occasionally invite pros from the traditional industry who share their own .02 cents on being a successful storyteller.

Why you should listen :

The information is straight to the point and the format is delightfully terse.
Each show just goes for 15 minutes and is jam-packed with information on making your
storytelling immensely powerful.

The Creative Penn with Joanna Penn.

She’s what I call a true authorpreneur who built a respected platform abundant with story writing tips, self-publishing marketing advice and sweet-a-licious interviews with professional storytellers from all over the world.

Why you should listen to her :
Diverse topic range – from personal branding (cool guy she interviewed for that) to fiction writing and community building, Joanna offers quite the spectrum of information to the modern storyteller. Her interviews also feature some incredible storytellers who share their tips on succeeding.
Extra bonus : her charmingly, very British dialect. Bloody hell, my dear !

Books and Beer with Evo Terra and Moriarty
Exactly what it says – two guys get on a Google hangout, drink beer
and invite experts from the self-publishing space to talk about
finding your unique writing voice, creating cover design for your book and leading
a successful kickstarter campaign.

Why you should listen to them :
Funny and insightful hosts, interesting and knowledgeable interviewees mashed in
a fun to watch and easy to digest web format.

The Roundtable Podcast with Dave Robison and Brion Humphrey

First of all – do you know that deep, manly-style voice that narrates movie trailers ?
The one that cracks out lines like these :
They took his wife, his freedom…and now, he’s back to kick some serious ass.” ?
Well, podcaster Dave of the podcasting roundtable sounds exactly like that ;) Besides that extremely eartastic sound experience, the boys focus almost exclusively on fiction writers and storytellers. It’s super-valuable, as they find the right mix between humor and spot-on information of how to succeed as a storyteller in today’s world.

Why you should listen to it :
Ass-kicking engaging voice (seriously). Concise length. Interesting guests.
A good dose of humor and entertainment.


Conclusion :
I have listened to lots of, and I mean lots of podcasts during the last two years.

But these 5 are easily the best for the modern storyteller – YOU – who not only wants to influence people but is also interested in making a living from it.

These are the best on helping you becoming a powerful and successful storyteller.

If you have any other KICK-ASS storytelling / writing podcasts that I missed, please share ‘em in the comments for everyone to see !
There’s ALWAYS room for more.

And please share these podcasting recommendations with your folks.

  • http://twitter.com/christiantjr Christian

    Fantastic resource on a really important topic, Mars. Thank you!

    • http://www.marsdorian.com/ Mars Dorian

      No problem man, I listen to these many times a week – and boy, did my storytelling ability improve from it.

  • http://www.marsdorian.com/ Mars Dorian

    Thanx for sharing – I’ve NEVEr heard about that site – can’t wait to check it out.
    I luv checking out new stuff.

  • http://twitter.com/orrinhastings Orrin Hastings

    Nice list, thanks for putting it together. I’m working on my writing skills this year and finding my “voice” is going to be a really important part of that

    • http://www.marsdorian.com/ Mars Dorian

      Good luck ! I’m working like crazy to improve my own narrating skills. That’s why I obsessively listen to these podcasts – what you learn from them saves you years of trial-and-error !

  • http://machiine.com/ Jonathan Whiting

    Cool thanks for sharing, story telling is on my list of things to learn

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