16 Podcasts Every Event Professional Should Listen To

Theresa Link
Theresa Link

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One of life’s simplest pleasures for me is a long road trip on my own. I love having open road in front of me and the flexibility to go where I want, stop when I want, and listen to what I want. This is probably why I have an extensive list of favorite podcasts—some that I listen to regularly and some that I save on standby waiting for my next trip. 

Besides helping me stay up-to-date on thought leadership, event technology and industry best practices, the stories featured in every podcast episode give my brain a boost. And I’m not alone: a study out of UC Berkeley concluded that listening to narrative stories (much like podcasts) can stimulate multiple parts of your brain—so whether it's the adrenaline rush you get from true crime podcasts or a comedy podcast that boosts your endorphins, there's truly something for everyone. 

However, in the interest of keeping the focus on events and travel, I’ve included some of the best and most relevant ones I’ve found (including women’s interest) below. Pick one or two that interest you and enjoy the listen! Then get in touch—I’d love to hear what you think of them (or if you know of any I missed).

Beyond the Meeting Room

Associated Luxury Hotels International President and CEO Mike Dominguez hosts candid conversations with thought leaders from a variety of industries to inform and inspire. Connect with him as he tackles topics ranging from leadership, technology, wellbeing and hospitality. ALHI is a global sales and marketing organization representing the finest Luxury Hotels, Resorts, Cruise Lines and Destination Management Companies.

Cast by Eventwell

Everything to do with mental health and wellbeing in events, with interviews, special guests and weekly wellbeing musings, from the Mental Health and Wellbeing Voice of the Event Industry.

Connections That Matter

ITA Group lives in the podcast space! Employer branding is all about creating a culture and environment where employees feel a strong connection to their workplace. Which, of course, sounds easier than it actually is. Tune in to hear the questions you need to ask. The ways you can get leadership buy-in. The data you need to gather to determine success. Our fearless guides, employer brand expert Christina Zurek and host Sarah Kidawa of engagement solutions provider ITA Group, will introduce you to the exciting and creative world of employer branding.

Dare to Interrupt

This Meetings Today podcast gives event professionals the chance to overhear raw, unfiltered conversations between the event industry’s most influential women. Speakers shed light on important topics facing women today, from imposter syndrome to sexual harassment to negotiating pay and the list goes on!

Events for Breakfast

This podcast is your go-to guide for advice, top tips and events industry insights for all event professionals or anyone who has an interest in events. The podcasts are delivered in bite-sized chunks to help you digest the information easily and expand your knowledge in all things events.

Eventful: The Podcast for Meeting Professionals

Hosted by Northstar Meetings Group, Eventful invites you to listen in on insightful conversations about hot topics in the meetings and events industry. Tune in for interviews and analysis of the editorial coverage in Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Meeting News and Incentive.

Related: On a recent episode of “Eventful: The Podcast for Meeting Professionals,” Eurofins President Sean Murray and ITA Group Vice President of Event Management Sarah Haines discuss how early detection of COVID-19 and transparent communication are essential to a safe and healthy event.

Hot Hospitality Exchange

The Hot Hospitality Exchange podcast follows the experiences and perspective of Sabrina Meyers, an event manager and MICE vlogger. Listen to interviews with event professionals around the globe on various different industry topics within the global events industry.

Kelly Corrigan Wonders

Not travel or events related but I LOVE this podcast!

Welcome to Kelly Corrigan Wonders, a place for people who like to laugh while they think and find it useful to look closely at ourselves and our weird ways in the hopes that knowing more and feeling more will help us do more and be better. A former newspaper columnist and four time bestselling author, Kelly wonders about loads of stuff: is knowing more always good? Can we trust our gut? How does change actually happen?  She only books nice people who have a sense of humor and know things worth knowing. Each episode ends with Kelly’s shortlist of takeaways, appropriate for refrigerator doors, bulletin boards and notes to your children.

Motivate Now by The IRF

The only non-profit research foundation in the world dedicated solely to research and education on incentives, rewards, recognition, and motivation in the workplace. With over 20 years of data on hand there are new reports and work created monthly.

No Vacancy With Glenn Haussman

No Vacancy with Glenn Haussman goes behind the scenes of the hotel and travel business. Host Glenn Haussman is a well known travel industry personality, renowned industry speaker, writer, consultant, and publisher of www.novacancynews.com.

She Explores

Stories of women who are inspired by time spent outside take the shape of interviews, in-the-field recordings and listener submissions. These make up a tapestry of episodes covering themes such as solo hiking and camping; entrepreneurship; aging; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); conservation; motherhood; chronic illness; and feminism as they intersect with outdoor experiences.

Skift Daily Briefing

Your daily insight into the business of travel from the industry’s most trusted authority.

The Radio Vagabond

Palle Bo is a longtime radio producer who sold his house, car and all of his furniture so he could travel around the world. He has an ambition to visit every country in the world and you can join his trip in this podcast. Come along as he meets the locals and experience Palle's excitements and concerns regarding the life as digital nomad.

The Room Block

By sharing our stories, we can find better solutions. Join The Room Block to hear conversations with compelling professionals from the world of events and hospitality. Guests share unique perspectives on their journeys, inspirations, and challenges so you can gain insight into different facets of the industry.

The World Wanderers Podcast

They’re a traveling couple originally from Alberta, Canada with a love of exploring the world, eating great food (mostly Mexican food, if we’re being honest), learning new languages, and meeting new people. The World Wanderers podcast is a travel diary of their adventures since they started traveling together in 2011.

Women Who Travel

Condé Nast Traveler editors Lale Arikoglu and Meredith Carey dissect the realities of traveling as a woman today, high-fiving all those shaking things up in food, hospitality, adventure, and travel journalism, and celebrating all the reasons why we refuse to stay home.

Keeping a pulse on what’s happening in the event industry is key for successful event marketers and planners. These podcasts offer a variety of resources for learning innovative event strategies, best practices and rapidly changing industry trends.

When you’re done listening, be sure to check out this Insights Magazine Events Collection issue.