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Welcome to the self-proclaimed top podcast in the Dirt World (totally made up)! Listen weekly as hosts Aaron and Alex talk Dirt World issues, answer listener questions, and interview some of our favorite people, from executives to operators we've met along our travels.

Dirt Talk by BuildWitt BuildWitt

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 379 Ratings

Welcome to the self-proclaimed top podcast in the Dirt World (totally made up)! Listen weekly as hosts Aaron and Alex talk Dirt World issues, answer listener questions, and interview some of our favorite people, from executives to operators we've met along our travels.

    The “Good Times” are a Good Time to Change with Randy Blount

    The “Good Times” are a Good Time to Change with Randy Blount

    Back on Dirt Talk this week is Randy Blount, former owner of Blount Contracting and now current CFO(!) at BuildWitt. He was the first investor at BuildWitt and has been a valuable advisor over the years, and we’re stoked to have him leading our finance arm into the future.
    This week on Dirt Talk, Randy and host Aaron Witt chat about why the construction industry's stuck in the old ways, using a traditional command and control structure. They also get into the Dirt World's low-profit margins, the importance of the office even though it's not revenue-producing, and why internal conflicts are both natural and a problem that must be addressed culturally. They also discuss the Dirt World’s crucial role in shaping society's future and leveraging good economic times to make big changes.

    If you have questions or feedback for the Dirt Talk crew, email us at dirttalk@buildwitt.com.

    Stay Dirty!

    • 1 hr 35 min
    2022: Year in Review

    2022: Year in Review

    This week on the first episode of 2023, Aaron and Alex take a look back at 2022. They discuss the progress and successes of BuildWitt over the past year. The guys mention that their marketing services have had remarkable success and that they have been able to engage with high-quality companies. They also mention that the BuildWitt Training software, while successful, has not had the expected speed of adoption and the cost of that overestimation. Aaron also shares his struggle to talk about successes and tends to focus on what they can do better and the next steps for the company. They also discuss the way their company organizes and prioritizes its goals, using the "rocks" system in which each level of the organization has goals that feed up to the larger goals. Aaron expresses his concern that the "rocks" system may constrict their ability to create and do things that have never been done before. He also mentions that they've had to correct course in the past year due to mistakes of thinking they were smarter than they were and growing too fast. And those mistakes cost us. Thankfully, there were also plenty of lessons to be learned, especially in the hard stuff, and so we march forward with both momentum and lessons learned in tow.

    If you have feedback or questions, reach out at dirttalk@buildwitt.com. Thanks!

    Lots of exciting stuff ahead for Dirt Talk and the greater BuildWitt mission, so for now…

    Stay Dirty!

    • 39 min
    BUILDING BUILDWITT: From Solo Mission to Mission-Focused Team - Ep. 4

    BUILDING BUILDWITT: From Solo Mission to Mission-Focused Team - Ep. 4

    Welcome to Building BuildWitt! For the last 4 weeks, we’ve published pieces of a 4-part story chronicling Dirt Talk host Aaron Witt’s upbringing far away from the Dirt World and how a series of disconnected experiences and decisions led to the formation and growth of the company that became BuildWitt. 

    In the final episode of this season, we’ll hear how and why Aaron started hiring people, how he almost got arrested in Saudi Arabia, and why its so vital to tell the stories of the Dirt World.

    Thanks for listening. If you have any questions, stories, or feedback, don’t hesitate to reach out to dirttalk@buildwitt.com.

    Listen to Dirt Talk:

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2GK5UWkulNJ6tNFXvWngMt?si=2332acb8e2954301 
    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dirt-talk-by-buildwitt/id1494235724 
    Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuYnV6enNwcm91dC5jb20vNzc5NjAz

    Stay Dirty!

    • 36 min
    BUILDING BUILDWITT: Aaron Quits 2 Jobs and Moves in with his Dad - Ep. 3

    BUILDING BUILDWITT: Aaron Quits 2 Jobs and Moves in with his Dad - Ep. 3

    Welcome to Building BuildWitt! For the next 4 weeks, we’ll be bringing you pieces of a 4-part story chronicling Dirt Talk host Aaron Witt’s upbringing far away from the Dirt World and how a series of disconnected experiences and decisions led to the formation and growth of the company that became BuildWitt. 

    In episode 3, Aaron tells of his experiences working for Kiewit (and why he turned down their full-time job offer), why he moved to Texas, and why he left construction altogether.

    Thanks for listening. If you have any questions, stories, or feedback, don’t hesitate to reach out to dirttalk@buildwitt.com.

    Listen to Dirt Talk:

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2GK5UWkulNJ6tNFXvWngMt?si=2332acb8e2954301 
    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dirt-talk-by-buildwitt/id1494235724 
    Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuYnV6enNwcm91dC5jb20vNzc5NjAz

    Stay Dirty!

    • 30 min
    BUILDING BUILDWITT: Aaron Goes to Work on the Railroad - Ep. 2

    BUILDING BUILDWITT: Aaron Goes to Work on the Railroad - Ep. 2

    Welcome to Building BuildWitt! For the next 4 weeks, we’ll be bringing you pieces of a 4-part story chronicling Dirt Talk host Aaron Witt’s upbringing far away from the Dirt World and how a series of disconnected experiences and decisions led to the formation and growth of the company that became BuildWitt. 

    In episode 2, Aaron tells of the punch in the mouth that came in the form of “going to college for engineering”, what he realized that he loved about working in the field, and why he came in last place in an estimating competition. 

    Thanks for listening. If you have any questions, stories, or feedback, don’t hesitate to reach out to dirttalk@buildwitt.com.

    Listen to Dirt Talk:

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2GK5UWkulNJ6tNFXvWngMt?si=2332acb8e2954301 
    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dirt-talk-by-buildwitt/id1494235724 
    Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuYnV6enNwcm91dC5jb20vNzc5NjAz

    Stay Dirty!

    • 32 min
    BUILDING BUILDWITT: Aaron Witt Wears Shorts to a Job Site - Ep. 1

    BUILDING BUILDWITT: Aaron Witt Wears Shorts to a Job Site - Ep. 1

    Welcome to Building BuildWitt! For the next 4 weeks, we’ll be bringing you pieces of a 4-part story chronicling Dirt Talk host Aaron Witt’s upbringing far away from the Dirt World and how a series of disconnected experiences and decisions led to the formation and growth of the company that became BuildWitt. 

    In episode 1, Aaron shares the story of his childhood love of the trash truck (and its driver), his formative years working on a ranch in Montana, and the career-shifting experience of his first construction job. 

    Thanks for listening. If you have any questions, stories, or feedback, don’t hesitate to reach out to dirttalk@buildwitt.com.
    Stay dirty!
    Listen to Dirt Talk:

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2GK5UWkulNJ6tNFXvWngMt?si=2332acb8e2954301 
    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dirt-talk-by-buildwitt/id1494235724 
    Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuYnV6enNwcm91dC5jb20vNzc5NjAz

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
379 Ratings

379 Ratings

Cliffculhane ,

BuildWitt walks the walk

Aaron, Alex and the BuildWitt folks have brought to the forefront the most pressing issue facing the industry. Without simple lip service these folks have a vision, directed their mission and set about to change things. As a professional land surveyor I am no stranger to the ‘people problem’ across our related industries. Too often professions and groups gather to talk about the issue but statistics show that what we have been doing for the last ten years is not working. Buildwitt has unapologetically entered this arena and is actively working on multiple fronts to address the issue. They have surrounded themselves with some wise folks that have implemented changes of their own and are willing to share across the board. Well worth your time. If you have some windshield time-I know you do-grab an episode…it may just change your perspective.

brittany-galvan ,

Aaron is truly a gem

Aaron at BuildWitt is doing so unbelievably much to find solutions to the problems we in the construction industry face that ultimately end up effecting everybody else, too. He is open and honest and talks about the things that need to be brought to light.

jsnell88 ,

Best Podcast Ever?

This podcast brings awareness about an industry that isn’t always glamorous but makes for a great career and is absolutely essential for modern infrastructure. As long as roads, bridges, and power are needed in the US, there will be a need for the vital jobs that are discussed in this podcast.

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