The strength of podcasts

August 6, 2019

The fastest way to build a relationship is to talk with someone. You can email, text and even write a letter, but the personal aspects of communication are lacking in these forms. This is one of the many reasons why podcasts have become so popular. 

Podcasts are seen as an intimate business, marketing and education tool because of the connection people feel by just hearing a voice. We have been hearing stories since we were babies, so why should adulthood be any different? It is, in fact, how our brains are wired—as a story processor that can take in and sort information. 

Podcasts have been on iTunes since June 2005. Statistically speaking, iTunes has about 550,000 active podcasts (with some putting that number at 770,000) and 30 million podcast episodes as of June. iTunes is the most popular way to listen, but Google Play, Spotify, Overcast and other methods are available. You can also head straight to a channel to find Podcasts, such as Ted Talk

In a contractor’s life, podcasts are an ideal way to pass the time and simultaneously learn, and they are particularly easy to stream while driving. Some podcasts are quick, and others last for an hour or more. They are not always the best option for multitasking if your purpose is to truly learn, and obviously jobsite safety has to come first with no distractions. 

Podcasts cover an abundance of topics, and there are contractor-specific ones. Here is a list of the top 10 podcasts for contractors from 2018. One of the channels on the list is Protractor Podcast. It dubs itself as a site by contractors for contractors, and the podcasts are interesting. 

One of the latest Podcast ( is by Christopher Quinn, managing partner at Apex Projects in New Canaan, Conn. He talks about how building relationships creates a strong business. Below is information about this episode. 

We offer this as another way to learn because we all need new ideas from time to time. If you think you have a story to tell, you can reach out to Protractor Podcasts or another site to get into customers’ and colleagues’ ears and make a personal connection.

From Protractor Podcasts 

Quinn’s first lessons in construction came like so many other contractors—on the job, helping his grandparents with house renovations. While developing his skills, Quinn learned about work life balance and the power of networking. He created this podcast to share these lessons as well as to review his marketing tactics (yes, an idea like this is all you need to start a podcast—hint, hint).

For Quinn, relationships are central to the business, and he puts a strong emphasis on networking at industry events and planning his own gatherings. Quinn believes investing in people and building relationships will come back as blessings.

To build a successful business, Quinn says:

  • The scope of work must be clear. 
  • You have to be willing to go the extra mile. 
  • Always follow up and focus on details.
  • Your word is your bond, and it has to be backed up.
  • Persevere is a requirement. 

What does Quinn think of often when he needs motivation? The expression, “Excuses are the nails that build the house of failure.”

To make management tasks easier and estimating a breeze, Quinn has embraced technology like Pro Core and Blue Beam. For inspiration, he references business-related books like Crushing It and Shoe Dog.

This is a modified excerpt of the podcast transcript. Listen to the full episode to discover more tips and to be inspired!


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