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July 23, 2021

Kat Willer of Revision Remodel and Design (Part 2)

In this second installment of my talk with Kat Willer we talk about the importance of good communication, woman in the trades, and women owned general contractors. There's a story about sticking to her guns with a contract. Dealing with …

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July 22, 2021

Kat Willer of Revision Remodel and Design (Part 1)

Today, Kat Willer tells her story about how she came to run her remodeling company, Revision Remodel and Design. It's a great tale of a self made contractor. She asked all the right questions. She is passionate about her career …

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July 19, 2021

Putting together your bid and proposal for clients

This episode is a description of how to take the information gained at your sight visit and transforming it into an informative, attractive, comprehensible presentation in the form of a proposal for you clients. It relies on the listen of …

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July 16, 2021

Matthew Coates, President and Principal Architect of Coates Design Ar…

In this episode, Matthew and Mike talk about supply chain issues relative to managing expectations and contractual clauses. Matthew has a good story about that! They go on to talk about what keeps Matthew inspired and motivated today after building …

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July 15, 2021

Matthew Coates, President and Principal Architect of Coates Design Ar…

In this episode, Matthew Coates describes his current business structure and it's evolution. Matthew describes biophilia and its relation to building and design. He goes on to describe the architects role in the project in relation to the client and …

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July 12, 2021

Estimating Time for Proposals

In this episode, I line you out on how to best estimate time for your proposals. I outline best practices to avoid the costly mistakes associated with under estimating time involved in a job!

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July 9, 2021

Health Coach for Tradesman, Vinnie Vecchio, Talks Lifestyle Change (P…

Today, Mike talks to Vinnie Vecchio of The Unstoppable Tradesman about nutrition and health of construction workers. In this second installment, Vinnie talks about our excuses for not making changes and healthy lifestyle choices, key strategies for stress management, and …

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July 8, 2021

Health Coach for Tradesman, Vinnie Vecchio, Talks Lifestyle Change (P…

Today, Mike talks to Vinnie Vecchio of The Unstoppable Tradesman about nutrition and health of construction workers. Vinnie explains the basics of nutritional lifestyle change, weight loss, fitness, and how they are influences by sleep and stress. Vinnie is full …

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July 5, 2021

Getting Organized 102: Diet, Sleep, and Stress

In this episode, I cover why I think its important to get control of diet, stress, and sleep as it relates to your personal performance and the success of your business. In a busy career like contracting, it's easy to …

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July 1, 2021

Bryan Kaplan founder of Construction Consulting out of Toronto, Ontar…

Bryan Kaplan is all about improving your business efficiency and understanding your financials. He and Mike discuss the "planning fallacy", picking up on "breadcrumbs" (the little things) left by your clients, using the cloud to your advantage, and repetition. If …

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June 28, 2021

Getting Organized 101: Daily Operations

Face it, you don't have a plan for organizing your thoughts, details, receipts, plans, or anything. In this episode, Mike walks you through some basic organizing that, though its only a few minutes to listen to, will take a good …

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June 25, 2021

Aron Jones of Big Dog Construction out of Grand Manan, New Brunswick …

In the second half of the interview, Mike and Aron talk about the importance of relationships with trade partners, trusting your gut with clients, quality vs. number of employees, the cost of labor and warranties when things go sideways, and …

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June 24, 2021

Aron Jones of Big Dog Construction: Tradesmen to businessmen? Not so …

Aron talks about the development of Big Dog Construction. Aron, a self described teacher (checkout his instagram page @bigdogconstruction.gm), describes the various ways he has run construction companies from 16 employees to his current three. He and Mike agree, it …

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June 21, 2021

The 4 Types of Human Time Wasters: Tirekickers, Lowballers, DIYer's, …

In this episode, Mike discusses the four human time wasters in order of worst and most pernicious to just plain innocent. Listen to Mike explain ways to identify and mitigate for human time wasters and why you should never work …

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June 17, 2021

Tim Waring of Arden Vale Homes talks the client screening process

Tim Waring, director of Arden Vale Homes, an award winning design-build firm, comprehends the variables of the design build process and has a structured approach. After describing their company history and structure, he lays down Arden Vale's succinct and distinct …

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June 14, 2021

Learn from the Mistakes of Others

The title says it all. Mike takes a good look at the builders he worked for, works around and himself in this new episode. Listen in to hear about his experience and what you could learn from this industry veteran.

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June 10, 2021

Interview with Andrew Itnyre of Masters Roofing, Memphis, Tennessee

Andrew starts off explaining the structure of Masters Roofing and how they came to be. In 13 short years they have done 9000 roofs with annual sales in the 8-9M range. Mike and Andrew talk about customer care, warranty of …

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June 9, 2021

8 Ways to Gain and Maintain Company Credibility

Today Mike discusses your company credibility. What do you do to gain credibility for your company? How do you maintain it? From media presence, to awards, certifications, and being genuine- check out this veteran builders take on earning public trust.

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June 7, 2021

Wearing Too Many Hats

In this episode, Mike talks about the pitfalls of wearing too many hats when you're trying to run your small business. The consequences for your overall health and state of mind are substantial. Listen in while Mike talks about his …

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June 4, 2021

Interview with Carmen Hansberry of Carmen Hansberry Design of Perth, …

Award winning interior designer, Carmen Hansberry, ranks among the top 3 interior designers in Perth, listen to her story and find out why. She's awesome! Mike and Carmen discuss assessing clients for readiness and address the eternal struggle of getting …

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June 2, 2021

Eleven Key Components for First Time Site Visits

Mike talks about the key "must do" components when you go to visit with your clients for the first time. This episode is the logical next step in the progression from the previous two episodes of what to do and …

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May 27, 2021

The contractor-foreman relationship: Framing foreman Marcus @broski_b…

This episode is a candid conversation between a general contractor with a crew (Mike Knoche) and a foreman that runs a crew (Marcus Nagtegaal) but we have never met before recording. We talk about the contractor-foreman relationship, the pitfalls of …

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May 26, 2021

Five things NOT TO DO during client cold calls

Today I talk about five things you should never do when you are talking to a client for the first time (or ever for that matter). Tune in to hear what I have learned and implemented after 16 years of …

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May 24, 2021

Six essential components for client cold calls

Mike lists and discusses what he knows to be six essential takeaways when your first phone call with a client. This is the result of 16 years of taking calls from clients. Tell us what you think or what you …

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