78 episodes

The Toolshed podcast keeps you up to date with what's happening in the Building Industry. Keeping your finger on the pulse of changing trends, so you can take advantage of opportunities and avoid becoming a dinosaur!
Every episode we'll talk about how these trends affect you, and what steps you can take to stay ahead of the curve.

You'll learn how to use new technologies to make your business more efficient and effective, how to connect with other builders and architects, and how to make sure your projects are profitable.

Essential conversations with people who are committed to a better Building Industry for everyone involved.

The ToolShed Mick Hawes

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The Toolshed podcast keeps you up to date with what's happening in the Building Industry. Keeping your finger on the pulse of changing trends, so you can take advantage of opportunities and avoid becoming a dinosaur!
Every episode we'll talk about how these trends affect you, and what steps you can take to stay ahead of the curve.

You'll learn how to use new technologies to make your business more efficient and effective, how to connect with other builders and architects, and how to make sure your projects are profitable.

Essential conversations with people who are committed to a better Building Industry for everyone involved.

    Be There, Be Present feat. Sonja Bottern

    Be There, Be Present feat. Sonja Bottern

    Embracing Mental Health in the Building Industry A critical and often overlooked issue in the building industry is mental health. In this episode, we talked about recognising the signs of mental health struggles, and the importance of open conversations. But it's not just about recognizing the signs, it's about being present, supporting one another, and fostering open conversations. Too often, mental health is overlooked, but it's crucial to tackle it head-on.
    Our guest today is Sonja Bottern, a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. After the tragic loss of her father to suicide, Sonja dedicated herself to this vital cause. She facilitates workshops, provides support through Jesuit Social Services' Support After Suicide program, and collaborates on training projects at Monash University. Her commitment and expertise are invaluable as we delve into recognizing mental health struggles, supporting those in need, and fostering a healthier community.
    In this episode, you will:
    Learn how to recognise the signs of mental health struggles in yourself and others. Understand the prevalence and impact of mental health issues in the building industry. Learn to approach and support someone who may be experiencing mental health challenges. Take a deeper look at the practical steps for providing mental health first aid. We answer a question about how to effectively listen to and empathise with someone struggling with suicidal thoughts. Rethink your approach to mental health by incorporating genuine conversations and support. Understand the importance of asking direct questions about suicide to offer real help. Hear us talk about personal stories and experiences that highlight the critical nature of mental health awareness. Learn how the foundations of mental health training like SafeTalk can be implemented in your business. Think differently about the role of empathy and support in preventing suicide. We talk in-depth about the resources available for those struggling with mental health issues and how to access them. Links:
    Web - https://botternconsulting.com.au Email: info@botternconsulting.com TIACS - https://www.tiacs.org Beyond Blue - https://www.beyondblue.org.au All this and more, on this week’s episode of THE TOOLSHED.
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    Stay tuned next week as we talk about how community can be a toolbox for your mental health! So, don’t forget to subscribe to the show to get that episode as soon it gets released. Until then, stay healthy.
    Want more resources to help build your building or trades-based business? Join us in the ToolShed - thetoolshedpodcast.com
    Stay tuned for new episode next week. So, don’t forget to subscribe to the show to get that episode as soon it gets released. Until then, stay healthy.

    • 34 min
    Ready to Build Better with Buildern? feat. Angus Cowan

    Ready to Build Better with Buildern? feat. Angus Cowan

    The Revolution in Construction Management Software As the construction industry evolves, the demand for integrated, user-friendly software solutions has become more pressing. Builders and contractors are increasingly seeking out systems that not only streamline their operations but also integrate seamlessly with other essential services like accounting and client management. Today, we discuss the strides made in this technology, particularly focusing on how it aids in bridging the gap between project estimation and management, making the builder's life a lot easier.
    My guest today is Angus Cowan, a seasoned professional in the residential construction industry from Brisbane, Queensland. Angus has been a registered builder since 1998 and founded Angus Cowan Constructions Pty Ltd. in 1999. With over 20 years of experience grappling with various software tools for estimating and project management, Angus’s quest for a better solution led him to partner with Buildern. Together, they have honed Buildern into what is considered by many to be the most advanced and user-friendly software for estimating and project management available for Australian builders.
    In this episode, you will:
    Discover how integrating estimating and project management can transform construction workflows. Discover Bildern's unique features that unify construction management. Learn why Australian builders use software more extensively. Explore the benefits of integrating construction software with Xero and QuickBooks. Understand the client portal's role in enhancing builder-client communication. Hear the motivations for new software driven by real-world frustrations. Gain insights into continuous improvements in construction software. Uncover the strategic importance of digital tools in managing construction projects. Links: Website: https://buildern.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/buildern/
    Angus Cowan: angus@buildern.com
    All this and more, on this week’s episode of The ToolShed.
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    Stay tuned next week when we talk about Be There, Be Present with Sonja Bottern. So, don’t forget to subscribe to the show to get that episode as soon it gets released. Until then, stay healthy.

    • 25 min
    Untapped Potential: Bridging the Gap in Construction with Women feat. Amanda Bulow

    Untapped Potential: Bridging the Gap in Construction with Women feat. Amanda Bulow

    Embracing diversity, especially the inclusion of women, transforms the construction industry Today, we're zeroing in a pressing issue that's reshaping the construction industry—diversity, with a special focus on the vital roles and impacts of women in this traditionally male-dominated arena. We're unpacking the challenges they encounter, the opportunities just waiting to be seized, and discussing why it's absolutely essential for businesses to adopt a more inclusive workforce if they want to stay competitive in today's market.
    Our guest in this episode is Amanda Bulow, a stalwart of the construction industry with over two decades of experience under her belt. Amanda is not just any guest; she's a trailblazer who has used her extensive knowledge in procurement, sales, and production estimating to not only boost business efficiencies but also to champion the cause of women in construction through her organisation, Awesome Women in Construction (AWIC). Known for her knack for identifying business blind spots and implementing strategic solutions, Amanda's dedication to supporting and educating women and small businesses in construction has positioned AWIC as a leading influence in the industry. So, strap in as we unpack her journey, insights, and the powerful impact of AWIC on today’s episode.
    In this episode you will:
    Discover how diversity in construction enhances problem-solving and sparks innovation through varied perspectives. Learn about the pivotal role women play in breaking industry barriers and bringing unique skills to the table. Hear how AWIC acts as a crucial platform, supporting women in the construction industry and fostering a sense of community. Find out why emphasizing community and networking is vital for career development in construction. Understand the importance of addressing challenges that women face in construction for developing resilient and adaptive business strategies. Appreciate the motivation and inspiration that comes from celebrating the successes and recognitions of women in construction. See the value in engaging men as allies to ensure a comprehensive evolution toward gender diversity in the industry. Grasp the impact of education and awareness on transforming industry practices and perceptions regarding gender diversity. Want more resources to help build your building or trades-based business? Join us in the ToolShed - https://bit.ly/JoinTheToolshed
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    Stay tuned for new episode next week. So, don’t forget to subscribe to the show to get that episode as soon it gets released. Until then, stay healthy.
    Links: Website: https://awic.org.au/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/awic_au/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AWICAwesomeWomeninConstruction LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/awic-awesome-women-in-construction/? viewAsMember=true

    • 27 min
    Breaking Barriers: Empowering Women in Building and Trades Through Inclusivity feat. Hacia Atherton

    Breaking Barriers: Empowering Women in Building and Trades Through Inclusivity feat. Hacia Atherton

    Explore how women are transforming the trade industry This episode is one cracker of a chat, where I sit down with Hacia Atherton about breaking new ground for women in the trades. Hacia's not just talking the talk; she's walked a tough path that's led her to champion women in a field where they've been as rare as hen's teeth. We don't just skim the surface; we dive into what needs to change in the trades to welcome more women into the fold.
    Join us as we explore the inspiring journey of Hacia Atherton, a fifth-generation plumbing family member turned advocate for women in trades. From her family's legacy to overcoming life-altering challenges, Hacia shares her insights on addressing diversity, inclusion, and mental well-being in the male-dominated trades industry. Discover the importance of creating psychologically safe spaces, fostering mutual respect, and driving positive change.
    Key Takeaways.
    Hacia's journey from injury to advocacy is reshaping the trades. The trades are moving towards a balanced, inclusive culture. Women are breaking barriers, filling the skills gap, and enriching the workforce. Creating work environments where everyone thrives is a priority. Leadership in the trades is now focusing on empathy, understanding, and support. Urging young women to discover opportunities in trades can change the industry. Building better together through continuous improvement creates a more inclusive workplace. Want more resources to help build your building- or trade-based business?
    Join us in the ToolShed at thetoolshedpodcast.com.
    Stay tuned next week when we talk about Bridging the Gap in Construction with Women. So, don’t forget to subscribe to the show to get that episode as soon as it gets released. Until then, stay healthy.
    Links: Website - https://ewitrades.com
    Instragram - https://www.instagram.com/ewitrades
    LinkedIn -https://www.linkedin.com/company/ewitrades
    Conect with Hacia Atherton Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/startup_ceo_life/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/haciaatherton/

    • 31 min
    Can Women Thrive in Male-Dominated Trades? Feat. Louise Azzopardi

    Can Women Thrive in Male-Dominated Trades? Feat. Louise Azzopardi

    Learn how to navigate and overcome biases in mechanics industry The mechanics industry is usually male-dominated, but I see many women entering it now. They're not just breaking barriers but smashing them with a sledgehammer and building pathways for other women to follow and break industry norms. These challenges can ignite a passion, leading to significant personal and professional growth.
    Louise Azzopardi brings an extraordinary blend of grit, talent, and insight to our conversation. She is a respected figure in heavy vehicle mechanics, a passionate life coach, a keynote speaker, and an industrial ambassador. Currently leading her company, Louise Azzopardi Training and Development Solutions, she uses her platform to mentor women navigating similar challenging professional landscapes, promoting resilience and equality in the workforce. Together, we explore how real-world experiences shaped her personal and professional growth and how she's passing these lessons on through her coaching.
    Key Takeaways:
    Confront gender stereotypes and highlight the pervasive biases in technical fields. Mentorship from a fellow female mechanic was key to career growth. The significance of real-world experience and resilience in personal and career development. Coaching is centred on aligning one's self-perception with the external challenges they encounter. Conducts workshops to create supportive environments in male-dominated industries. Provides scholarships to broaden coaching access for more women. Demonstrate dedication to foster change and support within the trades. All this and more, on this week’s episode of The ToolShed.
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    Stay tuned next week when we talk about Breaking Barriers: Empowering Women in Building and Trades Through Inclusivity. So, don’t forget to subscribe to the show to get that episode as soon it gets released. Until then, stay healthy.
    Links: Louise Azzopardi’s website: https://louiseazzopardi.com/
    Louise Azzopardi’s podcast: https://louiseazzopardi.com/podcast

    • 27 min
    Building Better Trades: Unpacking Success Strategies feat. David List

    Building Better Trades: Unpacking Success Strategies feat. David List

    How trade businesses can leverage media and technology for growth The integration of innovative digital tools and strategies is one of the challenges and solutions relevant to building and trades-based businesses. Tools like Trade Magnet and List Media have been game-changers in the way trade businesses engage with customers and manage their operations more efficiently. These technologies can streamline operations, enhance customer relationships, and boost marketing efforts to ensure sustained growth and efficiency.
    Joining me today is David List, a seasoned expert in digital marketing and the founder of List Media and Trade Magnet. David brings a wealth of knowledge in leveraging technology to empower trades-based businesses, enhancing their online presence, and optimising their operational processes. His insights into customer relationship management and content creation are invaluable for anyone looking to elevate their business in the digital space.
    Key Takeaways A tailored CRM platform can make customer interactions smoother and more efficient. Discover how combining CRM systems with project management software boosts operational efficiency and project delivery. Learn how automating routine tasks saves time for focusing on growth and service quality. The importance of a robust online presence and how simple tools can help create professional websites that attract more customers. Explore strategies for effective digital marketing that can help businesses reach a broader audience and generate more leads. The significance of consistent, high-quality content creation in establishing industry authority and engaging potential customers. Teaming up with media experts like List Media to create engaging content that attracts and converts your audience. Links: https://trademagnet.com.au/
    https://listmedia.com.au/
     
    All this and more on this week’s episode of THE TOOLSHED.
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    Stay tuned next week when we talk about women thriving in male-dominated trades with Louise Azzopardi. So, don’t forget to subscribe to the show to get that episode as soon as it gets released. Until then, stay healthy.

    • 30 min

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