I’m Jeff Brown – podcaster, mentor and speaker. My goal: to help you bridge the gap between intention and implementation.

I do this by sharing my professional insights, and the insights of successful people all over the world, on leadership, personal development, productivity, entrepreneurship and more through my blog, my podcast, and through personal consulting and speaking.

Before beginning Read to Lead, I spent 26-years in radio. I even co-hosted an award-winning and nationally syndicated morning show from 2002 to 2008.

Since January 2014, I have leveraged my radio background to coach numerous podcasters, helping dozens create, launch, grow and monetize their shows. People like Brendan Hufford, Liz Covart, Harry Duran, Darrell Darnell, Ben Castleberry and Nicole Welch have all been clients. I’ve even been blessed with the opportunity to consult with the US government and several multi-million dollar companies the last few years.

I live just outside Nashville, TN with my wife of 16 years, Annie, and our three Dachshunds, Fritz, Frank and Charlie Brown.








The Read to Lead Podcast began in 2013. Since then I’ve been fortunate to interview a number of New York Times bestselling authors including John MaxwellSeth GodinDan Miller, Daniel Pink, Simon Sinek, Chris Brogan (not once but twice), Gary Vaynerchuk and Liz Wiseman among others.

The Read to Lead Podcast has been a top #10 Business and top #3 Career podcast in iTunes, is an iTunes Essentials podcast (Book Lovers), and has twice been nominated Best Business Podcast. Read to Lead has been featured in Entrepreneur, Inc.SethGodin.com, ChrisBrogan.com, Goins WriterSocial Media Explorer, Nashville Business Journal, the Tennessean, and more.

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With each successful and inspiring business book author, we dive into their latest book and their unique insights on Leadership, Personal Development, Productivity, Business, Career, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

If you love reading, then you’ll love this podcast. If you desire to stretch and grow by reading more, but haven’t been able to make it happen? You’ll find encouragement here. And in the meantime, learn more than you ever thought possible.

I have seen from personal experience the important role intentional and consistent reading can play in honing leadership skills and advancing personal growth. I am a firm believer in the mantra, “Leaders Read and Readers Lead.”

I would like to personally thank Dan Miller, John Lee Dumas, Michael Hyatt and Jon Acuff, without whose inspiration and encouragement this podcast would not exist.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

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  • Brady McDaniel

    I love the new website. Much easier to find past episodes.

    • Thanks Brady, I’m glad you like it. Glad to know too that it has made things easier. I appreciate you.

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  • Aaron Gibbens

    Jeff, have been enjoying your podcast and am rapidly catching up on the past episodes I had missed. I went to share them with my daughter (does not have an iDevice) and was surprised that you have not cracked the android market. Any plans to do so?
    Looking forward to next week’s show!

    • Thanks so much Aaron! I appreciate the feedback. When you say “have not cracked the Android market,” can you be more specific? I own an Android phone as well and listen to podcasts all the time (including my own occasionally). 🙂

  • Sadequr Rohman

    Hey Jeff! Ive only just tuned in to your lead to read podcast after listening to your interview with lisa j marshall which I thought was absolutely fantastic and very inspiring!All I ask is you keep doing what your doing-inspiring and motivating us all as we all need someone like you to keep us going!

    Sadeq Rohman


    • Wow Sadeq, thanks so much! I truly enjoyed my time with Lisa, both having her on my show and as a guest on her show. She’s a real pro.

      I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying the podcast. I have no plans to stop, as long as there are people like you enjoying it. 😉

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  • Derek C. Olsen


    Awesome. Love it. Thank you!

    • Thanks very much Derek! I appreciate the feedback sir.

      • Derek C. Olsen

        Jeff- Just put together that you are also a host over at TV Talk. I host Shark Tank and my Wife hosts Walking Dead and Downton Abby. I also produce several of the shows (not Elementary). Small world!

        • Indeed! I knew your name and face were familiar, just couldn’t place you. Thanks for clearing that up. 🙂

          • Derek C. Olsen

            OK, there is more… It all just came together. I KNEW I recognized your voice from somewhere. It turns out that somewhere was an episode of Quick and Dirty Tips; The Public Speaker. I really enjoyed your tips on that episode and I have shared that episode with a lot of people.


          • Aha! Yes, that was fun to do. Thank you for sharing it. You might be interested to know that I’m taking those tips even further with my new Podcaster Academy course starting in February (http://podcasteracademy.com).

            Would love for you to check it out and share it too, if you feel it worthy.

          • Derek C. Olsen

            Easiest. Sell. Ever. Looking forward to this!

          • That’s wonderful Derek! I’m so excited to have you!

  • CSteven

    I’ve been sporadically listening to your podcasts for nearly two months, I enjoy and get a lot out of them; thank you. This morning I listened to your November interview of Gary Vaynerchuck, where you both referenced snip.it. Upon searching for snip.it, I learned it was purchased one year ago by Yahoo, and is no longer operating. Disappointed to hear you supporting something in such an untimely manner and wonder if – and how – you continue to access rip.it or something similar.

    • I don’t know that Gary and I discussed this as a topic, but the Snippet App was indeed the sponsor of the episode you’re referring to and is still very much alive. You can find them via the link on my show notes page for that episode found at http://readtoleadpodcast.com/022, or by simply going to http://thesnippetapp.com. I’ve never heard of rip.it.

  • Allan McNutt

    Hi Jeff,

    I have been listening to your podcast since the beginning, and I really enjoy it! Keep up the good work!

    • Thanks very much, Allan. I’m so glad you listen.

  • Hi Jeff! I just discovered your podcast a couple of days ago and have already devoured most of them! Love Michael Hyatt and Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership podcast and listen to them on repeat all day everyday, literally. Now I can listen to your awesome show too! I hate to ask this on a public comment thread but are you able to connect 1 on 1 for discussion? I’m new to blogging, networking, entrepreneurship, etc, and would love to chat with you about what I’m planning.


    • Look for an e-mail from me shortly, Michael. And thanks for the kind feedback!

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  • Guadalupe Kaminsky

    Today, is my very fist time listening to The Read to Lead podcast episode 003. I am an student at Sacramento State University. Our professor Jo Ellen Seeley-Volf assigned our class to listed to you and your Guess John Lee Dumas. I was amazed by all the good information that is discussed during the interview. Professor Jo Ellen often brings Guess Speakers to the class and it wonderful all the good recommendations and tips that successful people has to give. Therefore, I decided to register t and keep listening to you podcast. It is a wonderful way to stay motivated specially being a student. We always interested in listening to professional and successful people like you and your guests. How better than taking advantage of what you offering here. Thank you for such an easy way to follow the interview and for asking direct questions. It was awesome when you asked about failures. Who doesn’t fell at point of another in life right? All the recommendation were wonderful too, and I love the fact that you and the John Lee Duman provided quotes. I love it.

  • Keith Ledig

    I tripped over your podcast while listening to you being interviewed on another podcast. Great job! Keep up the good work. You are now in my podcast favorites list. I love the concept. I’m starting my own podcast right now. I’m currently developing my mission statement. Like you, I love to get knowledge from books. What a wonderful thing books are. People give away valuable life experience for just a few dollars per book.

    • Thank you so much Keith! I really appreciate it.

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  • Jeff, congrats to you as you reach episode 100. I gave you a shout out at Fincon15 when a speaker asked, what podcast do you listen to? I am a 12 year veteran radio host who also turned to podcasting recently broadcasting my episode 100.

    • Thank you Felix. Hope to official release it in the next 48 hours. And thanks too for the shoutout at FinCon15! That’s awesome! Congrats too on your 100th episode.

  • Dear Jeff,
    I launched a business book club podcast called Achieve Your Dream Life podcast. It has been a couple weeks and seems to have only gotten a couple downloads. Any advice would be great

    • What are your goals for the podcast Will? Why are you doing it? Have you answered those questions yet? I would say don’t chase an audience. As soon as it’s about how many people are listening (or not), you’re giving your audience permission to tell you when to stop. Do it because you love the subject matter or topic. Then, be prepared to be in it for the long run. Create excellent content with consistency, and eventually people will begin to noice.

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  • Hi Jeff
    It is indeed amazing to be here today, I am here today via one of my blogger friends’ twitter page,
    It is a great and joyful moment to meet you on your pages. I just finished listening the latest podcast of Paul Smith, Oh my! need to read and listen more. This is indeed a gold mine to dig into it!!!
    Keep up the good work
    Will be visiting often to listen and read,
    Keep sharing
    May you have a great time of sharing and caring

    • What a wonderfully encouraging comment Philip! Thank you for your kind words. 🙂

  • Brandy Booth

    Hi Jeff!

    I discovered your podcast through Joanna Penn’s “How to Market a Book” while on vacation with my family. She had mentioned your show as a valuable resource for people like me who are looking for ideas, information, and success stories on book publishing and marketing. She wasn’t wrong at all! You do the world a great service!

    I’ve listened to about 25 episodes so far, and I greatly appreciate the way you communicate.

    I just finished writing my first book, “Unsocial Media Management for Business: The ‘How-to’ Guide for Managing Online Drama to Boost Your Bottom Line”, and I can’t wait to put some of your marketing, networking, and business ideas to work.

    I’d be happy to send you a free copy if you’re interested in learning how to effectively manage online drama and negativity.

    Thanks again for a top-notch resource. Please let me know if there is anything I can ever do to help you.

    Brandy Booth

    • Hey Brandy. Thanks for the kind words. Feel free to reach out via the contact page here on the site. Thank you very much. And congratulations!

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  • markgoulston

    Jeff, I wasn’t aware of your podcasts. What an amazing discovery. Looks like I have some binge listening in store. Love how and what you bring out in and from your guests. Thank you!