They say if you want to be a good writer you need to read a lot of books. I think the same is true in business. If you want to stay motivated, excel and achieve your goals, you need to stay on top of current business news and trends. A great way to stay connected is listening to podcasts. There's no shortage of channels to tune into, so I've compiled a list of some of the top podcasts to inspire, motivate and challenge your ideas of how to build a better business and career.

Reid Hoffman is the Co-founder of LinkedIn and Investor at Greylock. In each episode, Reid tests his theories on how businesses grow with legendary leaders

Every Friday, Recode's Kara Swisher and New York University Professor Scott Galloway offer sharp, unfiltered insights into the way technology is shaping business and culture across media, advertising, politics, and more.

Harvard Business Review editor Sarah Green interviews leading thinkers in business and management including Google's Eric Schmidt.

Outside In with Charles Trevail talks with leaders from business, media, and academics, to discuss how consumers are changing, as well as sharing best practices on how to create a customer-inspired organization.

In each episode of this podcast, bestselling author and entrepreneur, Tim Ferris deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use.

New York Times best-selling author Rachel Hollis hosts this podcast of tangible and tactical tools for your life and business. It's a series of conversations with fellow business powerhouses and personal development leaders that provides listeners with real-life valuable takeaways.

New York Times best-selling author Michael Hyatt shares weekly leadership lessons for lasting success with insights and tools on everything from productivity and personal development to self-leadership and team leadership.

Akimbo is an ancient symbol of strength, posture, and possibility. This new podcast from Seth Godin talks about our culture and how we can change it. About seeing what's happening and choosing to do something.

Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best-known companies. How I Built This, weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists--and the movements they built.

This podcast analyses the stories behind popular brands like Nike and Netflix. It discusses the inspiration and challenges leaders of these companies have faced and how they pushed through.