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Criteria for a Good Podcast
A podcast is an audio series—audio files that are stored on and downloaded from a podcast hosting platform such as Spotify or Apple Podcasts. New episodes become available on a regular basis—typically weekly, biweekly, or monthly. The technology is simple enough and affordable enough for nearly anyone to produce their own podcast.
Podcast series generally are created by people with a message, or opinion, or expert knowledge to share. The number of podcasts related to construction is growing exponentially. Quite frankly, some are more informative than others, and you may find that some address subjects that are more relevant to you than others.
We’ve curated a list of construction podcasts considered to be among the best because they meet most or all of these criteria:
- The hosts are knowledgeable about a particular aspect of the construction industry.
- They focus on the needs and interests of a construction-oriented audience.
- They tell a compelling story and provide actionable content.
- They sometimes feature guest experts.
- They offer relevant resources.
Our Top Picks for Construction Podcasts
The following list is a starting point for you to begin exploring the world of construction podcasts.
The Art of Construction
Debuting in 2014, The Art of Construction features experts in the design and build field providing proven, actionable advice to help entrepreneurs and owners grow their business. You’ll find this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and iHeart Radio. Sample title: “Giving Your Business a Leg Up in the Construction Industry.”
This podcast, hosted by Evan Hill and Matt Sprague of e-Builder, is an outgrowth of their popular webinars. Design for project and program managers, this series features guest experts—contractors, analysts, and program managers—sharing good ideas and best practices that have worked for them. You’ll find Connecting Construction on Spotify. Sample title: “Aviad Almagor on Emerging Technologies.”
Eddie and Tyler Campbell come from a long line of builders and own a virtual building and construction company. They address a wide range of topics in construction, interviewing experts on the latest industry trends and developments. Those seeking to launch or grow their own virtual design and construction firm should find the Campbell brothers’ podcast entertaining and informative. You can find it on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, and Spotify. Sample title: Prefab, Megaprojects, and Recession.”
The Construction Engineering Show
Hosted by Bob Hildebranski, The Construction Engineering Show provides practical career advice for young professionals in heavy civil and site development who are seeking mentorship. Episodes are only 15-25 minutes long and can be found on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Listen Notes. Sample title: “Need to Knows for Young Construction Engineers.”
The Construction Life
Three experienced contractors—Manny, Mike, and Carlito—describe their podcast as revealing the “good, the bad, and the ugly parts of construction.” They offer their boots-on-the-ground perspective on a wide range of topics touching on nearly every aspect of construction projects and feature expert guest speakers on topics relevant to tradespeople. The Construction Life is hosted on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. Sample title: “Mental Health and Tradespeople.”
A Viewpoint on Construction
Host Wayne Newitts addresses an audience of finance, accounting, and operations professionals in the construction industry. He leads industry leaders and analysts in discussions on topics such as the market forces driving trends in construction. You’ll find this podcast series on Apple Podcasts. Sample title: “The Future of the Connected Jobsite.”
Check These Out, Too
Other great podcasts for contractors and construction professionals include:
- The Construction Engineering Show
- Future Construct
- The ConTech Crew
- The Joint Venture
- Contractor Cents
- The Peggy Smedley Show
Benefits of Construction Podcasts for Contractors
The more knowledgeable contractors are about construction methods, technologies, project management, and the contracting business, the more successful they are likely to be and the more favorably they will be viewed by potential clients, subcontractors, lenders, suppliers, and surety bond companies. The last of these is particularly important, as building a strong relationship with a bonding company can maximize your bonding capacity and give you access to the construction surety bonds (bid bonds, performance bonds, payment bonds, maintenance bonds, and so on) you will undoubtedly need to grow your business.
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