#77: 12 Crucial Client Conversations for A Successful Build

The success of every project is built upon meeting, or better, exceeding expectations. So it stands to reason that one of your many jobs as a builder is to proactively address with clients topics that could later become issues. In this episode I share 12 topics I always cover with new clients as soon as…

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#76: How to Prioritize, Create Big Wins, and Free up Your Time

Most builders I know are overworked and underpaid. Today’s short episode covers a framework I like to use called The Eisenhower Matrix. It is a simple tool that can help you prioritize the things that will really propel you forward and leave behind the things that are sucking your time. Have any topics you want…

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#75: Four Client Red Flags to Avoid

Working with a difficult or exhausting client can make life miserable and put your company in danger. After working with hundreds of clients I’ve identified four red flags. If I start working with a client who demonstrates any of these behaviors in our early interactions, I will graciously walk away before signing a construction contract.…

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#74: Builder Kyle Diamond on BuilderTrend, Pre-Con Systems, and More

Kyle Diamond is partner of New Dimension Construction, in Millbrook, New York. The family-owned business has operated for more than 30 years with a stellar reputation. Check out some of the tips that Kyle graciously shares with us. Y’all enjoy the episode.

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#73: Insurance FAQ with Treacy Duerfeldt

Treacy, of NWC Alliance, returns to answer some FAQ from our community about insurance and third party warranties. Sit back, enjoy a nice cocktail, and sharpen up your insurance skills my friends.

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#72: L.A. Builder Jason Pietruszka Shares His Story and Advice

You’ve probably seen Jason Pietruszka on Instagram or YouTube. He shares some great content on social media, but his day job is owner of JJP Construction, a luxury builder in L.A. Jason has had a rocket ship growth trajectory from an unlikely background, and now he’s not only building but sharing his lessons with others.…

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#71: Rising Lumber Costs with Senior Wood Products Economist Dustin Jalbert

If you’re getting *hammered* on lumber prices, well so is the rest of America. What’s happening and when will it get better? Lumber economist, Dustin Jalbert, has a few answers. Dustin leads the lumber analysis on Fastmarkets RISI’s Wood Products team. He is responsible for the monthly Lumber Commentary, the North American Lumber 5- and 15-Year…

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#70: 8 Tips to Combat Soaring Costs

This is a reading of an article we just published on the Building Optimal blog. If you prefer the written word, check it out here: https://buildingoptimal.com/8-tips-to-combat-soaring-costs/ By the way, if you aren’t already signed up for our Building Optimal newsletter, head over to buildingoptimal.com and sign up for free right now. Should take about 15…

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#69: Transparency and Self-Sustaining Companies with Michael Anschel

Michael Anschel is owner of Otogawa-Anschel, a design-build firm out of Minnesota. Michael frequently lectures on topics in the industry and also writes for several well-known publications. He has built a company that allowed him to actually take three years off! If that isn’t enough incentive to listen to this episode, we also discuss ideas to…

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#68: Ensuring Profitability and Employees First with Wally Staples

This is one of my favorite episodes to date. Wally Staples, a builder from Maine, has always made a profit over his 28 years in business. He has never had to lay anyone off. And, he has a financial freedom plan for himself and his entire team. Tune in for the secrets and wisdom of Wally. As I…

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