With topics ranging from construction law to building a thriving construction business, you won't want to miss these free podcasts.
The construction industry can be tough to navigate, and for those wishing to hear from fellow professionals about their experiences and advice, there are several podcasts that cover a wide range of topics within the industry.
Below are six podcasts that feature professionals, interviews, and discussions that provide the insight and guidance you may be looking for. These podcasts are currently active and free to download on iTunes, Google Play, and most major podcast platforms.
This podcast, published by construction software maker JBKnowledge, is almost always mentioned first when discussing construction-related podcasts. Hosted by construction consultant Rob McKinny and JBKnowledge's CEO James Benham, this podcast explores the latest technologies that are changing the industry and how companies can use them to their advantage.
From 3D printing to drones to the latest workflow apps, McKinny and Benham discuss (with a panel of guests) the latest innovations in hardware, software, and equipment for all aspects of the construction business. Guests include experts from the biggest names in the industry like Caterpillar, DeWalt and Milwaukee Tools as well as experts on the latest tech trends and how they can be applied to construction. The team recently hit 100 episodes, so there's a healthy back catalog of episodes to listen through.
The Construction Leading Edge
This podcast leans toward the business side of the construction industry and is best for owners, managers, and entrepreneurs. Todd Dawalt lends his 20 years of expertise in the construction industry and interviews other construction professionals on their experiences and how they've run their companies.
Dawalt and his guests focus their conversations on running a construction business and navigating the industry, especially in volatile times. For aspiring construction entrepreneurs, there are plenty of episodes about getting started in the industry, management techniques in the field and the office, and growing a thriving construction business.
The Contracting Coachcast
Tony Booth is the Contracting Coach and releases a new podcastevery weekday. Each podcast is packed with tips and guidance on running a successful contracting business. He discusses nearly every aspect of being a contractor, including planning a budget, finding the right subcontractors and even self-motivation.
Booth offers advice on starting a project on the right foot by not only providing tips on drafting estimates, accounting, and planning but also having the right mindset and not beating yourself over missteps. Booth's coaching and advice at times is not only valuable to contractors but also any business owner.
Construction project manager and business consultant Brittanie Campbell-Turner interviews construction company owners and managers to highlight their accomplishments and business practices. Much of the content is focused on the companies' core values, company culture and how they use them to achieve their goals and vision. The podcast also examines the state of the industry, the latest trends and the positive impacts made by guests and their companies.
The Lien Zone
Miami construction lawyer Alexander Barthet answers some of the most asked questions regarding construction law, liens and contracts on his weekly podcast. Barthet breaks down some of the most complicated and confusing aspects of the construction industry for contractors and managers.
The episodes are short, usually around 15 minutes long, and sometimes only a few minutes, allowing Barthet to directly address specific questions and subjects. Some episodes are specific to Florida state law or the Florida construction industry, but most of the legal information Barthet imparts is useful to construction companies nationwide. He explores subjects, such as what to include in a contract, what are your legal responsibilities on the construction site, and, just as the title implies, everything you need to know about construction liens.
The Art of Construction
This is a podcast hosted by active professionals in the building industry, Devon Tilly and Kevin Keefe of Mountain View Window & Door in Denver. The pair interview fellow professionals, contractors, and construction experts about such topics as architecture, industry trends, and the latest tech tools. Interviews with businesses will often include stories from architects and contractors on how they overcame problems and led their businesses to success.