We bet you didn’t think that we would do a podcast on architecture, but here it is! After scouring the internet, we came up with three of our favorite architecture podcast. While we are on the podcast talk, dive into our other podcast suggestions! Now that introductions are out of the way, let’s talk about architecture! 

Architecture is both the process and the product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings or any other structures. Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural symbols and as works of art.

From prolific styles to renowned architects, architecture is by far one of the most captivating fields of study. It is a field of study that we feel is particularly underappreciated, and because of this, we felt that it was time for someone to show some affection. For more information on architecture, we highly suggest researching other podcasts. Let’s begin. 

Design Matters

With a fun UI (user interface) design and a plethora of categories, this podcast has it all. Host/ founder and author of six books, Debbie Millman is the first and longest-running podcast about design.

With over 300 interviews from design luminaries and cultural commentators, Design Matters has garnered over 5 million downloads, along with a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. Since this post is focused on architecture, we looked at episodes that were relative to that, however, we do suggest looking at Millman’s other episodes. 

James Biber

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James Biber is an architect that focuses on multi-disciplinary environments. According to the interview with Millman, Biber’s “work centers on a belief that architecture is an expression of identity that is inseparable from its language of form and tectonics” (2012). This belief results in the idea that “architecture ties closely to its context; whether physical, cultural, or metaphorical” (2012). 

Throughout the episode, Millman discusses with Biber on the essence of art and architecture. They begin with Biber’s unusual fascination with the Waffle House. According to Biber, Waffle House has the largest sign to store ratio.

Additionally, they have everything for everybody. What is also fascinating to Biber, is the visual vernacular of the signage. Essentially the signage represents a model of simplicity and efficiency. An important concept to note, that is also often repeated throughout the episode is the mass market.

The mass-market relative to architecture is huge. If one were to slightly redesign any mass marker, such as McDonalds or Waffle House, the impact would be phenomenal. The mass-market + slight change = global market. How is this equation relative to architecture? Biber explains that architects avoid normalcy because it represents generic things that they are in fact trying to change. In other words, from an architects’ perspective, there is a need to change the world, and to change the world, one of the approaches is the mass-market industry. 

“Construction is still an extremely analog activity, it is science, art, craft.”

Biber 2012

Also interesting to note is that Biber makes the argument that architecture is synonymous to biography. Architecture, from Biber’s point of view, is that is it brain made- it is impossible to design something without it being personal, historical, etc. Architecture is always burdened with a set of meaning, therefore it is a brain made, and therefore a biography.

Biber’s work has been recognized by the AIA, AIGA, SEGD and other professional design organizations, and has been published in The New York Times, Architectural Record, The Wall Street Journal, Architect, Blueprint, Wallpaper, Dwell, Metropolitan Home, New York Magazine and the design press internationally.

The Architecture Happy Hour

Yes, we said Happy Hour. We loved the title too. With a classy suave intro, The Architecture Happy Hour is an informal and entertaining podcast that started in 2009 hosted by hpd architecture + interiors, Laura Davis and Holly Hall

“From the very beginning, we wanted the podcast to feel like you were sitting down with friends to chat about architecture and home design. And if you happen to have a cocktail in your hand, even better.”

Davis.

Their podcasts include but are not limited to: 

  • home design
  • home improvement
  • kitchen and bathroom design
  • architecture
  • interior design
  • updating from traditional to contemporary
  • how to select a contractor
  • working with an architect
  • becoming an architect

The episode we will be focusing on is “Episode 87: New Year Resolutions in Your Home.” 

Episode 87:New Year Resolutions in Your Home

The question Davis and Hall propose is that if your home could make New Year’s resolutions, what would they be? Throughout the episode, Davis and Hall discuss several ways to make your home more healthy, better organized, and budget-smart. From sorting to maintenance, to even home designing tips, David and Hall cover it all.

One of the tips to having a healthier is purging. Purge your junk drawer, closets, kitchen, etc. Purging your items will allow you to see the space available, and perhaps further projects to improve on, such as cabinetry, painted walls, flooring, countertops, etc. Purging allows for the impactful benefits of feeling cleaner, efficient, and productive.

Holly and Davis say to start from the floor to doors, cabinets, and then ceiling. Additionally, go room-to-room, and prioritize the list. Lastly, create a calendar. Creating a calendar to input a goal for each month is a great way to improve your house. What are some New Year Resolutions for your home? 

Business of Architecture 

Enoch Sears is the host and founder of the Business of Architecture. Sears started this practice as a resource for firm owners. Further, his mission has been to discover and share strategies, tactics, and tools needed to run a successful practice.

Note that Business of Architecture does dive into the realm of said study, however, it also encompasses the idea of creating a successful enterprise with architecture. Sears’s methodology is adopting the “ArchitectCEO” mindset. The ArchitectCEO takes ultimate responsibility for his or her results and success. Think like a CEO, not an architect.

To show how this method works, we chose “Episode 309: Architect Creates Illustration Brand with Rajiv Fernandez.”

Episode 309: Architect Creates Illustration Brand with Rajiv Fernandez.

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Rajiv Hernandez is a trained and licensed architect. He currently is the CEO of his illustration company, Lil’ ICon. As a graduate of the Colombia School of Architecture, Fernandez believed he had more to offer to the world.

After the 2016 election, Fernandez took a risk to jump in unfamiliar territory, illustration, to create a voice. The majority of the illustrations Fernandez creates deals with political and social commentary. His mission is to inspire people to talk and connect his illustrations with architecture.

As a freelance entrepreneur, Fernandez realized that he had to become resourceful and hustle his way to his dream. The way Fernandez hustled was by asking around, “hey are you looking for an illustrator or an architect to do work?”

Further, Fernandez explains that transitioning from an architecture firm to freelance gave him the choice to choose his own projects. Doing so allows him to choose smaller clients. Additionally, by becoming a freelance entrepreneur/architect, it became easier to get architecture projects. 

A piece of key advice that Fernandez gives, especially for those wanting to do more than just architecture, is to spread your business/mission by word of mouth and referrals from partners.

Additionally, having the power to say no to certain projects balances out your creative outlet and work. Lastly, according to Fernandez, having a dedicated office space allows for a rigid schedule and mode of productivity.

Summation

For those seeking to do more with architecture, understand that conquering your aspirations can be a slow grind. However, if you are like Fernandez, who is basically a hardcore hustler, anything is possible. 

These are our top favorite architecture podcasts. Our purpose with this blog post: eliminate the notion that there is only one form of architecture. With the insightful and refreshing point-of-view, we can be certain that there are in fact a variety of ways to use architecture. One is the classic design way, the second, using it in interior designs, and lastly as a form of enterprise. Of course, there are other ways to implement the architecture, but we will leave you to find that out. 

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Alrighty, everyone. It is now time to break out our collection of Specifics. This week, we thought we would do something a little bit more fun. Instead of hearing it from us on what real estate is, and how to be incredibly successful in it, we figured we would let others tell you about it. **Pushing the spotlight over. Introducing our three preferred real estate podcasts! From these podcasts, you will absorb what the real estate market is like, tips and tricks, behind the scenes, and humor! Let’s get started with the first act.

Tom Ferry Podcast Experience

Tom Ferry is the founder of Tom Ferry Real Estate Coaching. He is also a renowned icon because his coaching actually works. Stated on his “about” section of the website, their mission is to, “hold professionals accountable to fulfill their greatness.” Additionally, his podcasts and blogs are extremely beneficial when it comes to reviewing every facet of the real estate industry. From high-end clients to just starting out, Ferry has it all.

Ferry has four podcasts: Mindset Monday, The Tom Ferry Show, Podcast Experience, and Throwback Thursday. Of course, as indicated by the subtitle, we are focusing on the Podcast Experience, but we do recommend taking a gander at his other shows. The episode we recommend for first-time listeners is “Episode 44: Optimizing & Operationalizing Your Business with Jeff Mays.

Episode 44: Optimizing and Operationalizing Your Business with Jeff Mays

Jeff Mays is one of our national speakers, coach, and broker/owner of Coldwell Banker Prime. With over 26 years in the real estate market, Mays and Ferry have a wonderful sitdown discussion on the keys to success in operating your business. Mays also dives into the consequences of not being organized, as well as the importance of organization, which summarily, brings greater structure to your business. In this episode, Mays and Ferry decipher what causes and creates growth. Their answer: GETTING ORGANIZED. Or as they like to chuckle about it, “operationalizing your business.” Before diving into the world of real estate or any type of professional service, you first must deduce what you want and why. From there you should implement a schedule. 

“Great growth comes when you get ticked off.”

Jeff Mays. 

Nowadays agents and other professionals who specialize in giving quality service, wing their plans. According to Mays and Ferry, this is a big no-no. Further, Mays and Ferry highly suggest doing things efficiently, the same way each time. AirSend can help you take back control of your time. With AirSend, take the liberty to maximize efficiency by doing everything from one platform; send messages, upload documents, assign tasks, and have a powerful built-in file organizer. AirSend. Connecting people to get work done.

Another interesting key point that Mays points out is that we spend our working days avoiding the hour of power. In other words, tasks that should only take two hours to complete, end up taking 8 hours to complete. Because of this, burnout happens. With structure comes with more time. A system Mays suggests that helps with creating organization is simply following your checklist every day. If you are more of a visual or analytical person, take the time to create a Kanban or a Scrum board. With Kanbans and Scrums efficiency becomes fun.

To close out the episode Mays and Ferry propose several questions. In order to operate and maximize op-edge (maximum operationalizing) what is your exceptional service? How do you personalize your services to make your customer service exceptional, and therefore worth remembering? This should be one of your top questions you must ask yourself every day when creating your business. This question will not only define what your business is, but it will also be the essence of which you stand for. 

Whew! What a great first act! It’s always best to blow away the audience with one of your best acts, however, in this blog post, we have two more amazing acts that will guarantee blow the socks off your feet. Or perhaps blow your mind away. Let’s move on to our second podcast.

Real Estate Rockstar Radio

Pat Hiban is the host and founder of Real Estate Rockstar Radio. His mission is to find and interview rockstars in the real estate industry (who would’ve guessed). Pat Hilban is also a New York Times Best Selling Author, and he is now delivering his insight into his triweekly show. Each episode addresses success, failures, tips, and tricks within the bustling industry. The episode we suggest listening to is, “Episode 865: Success Through Service With Commerical Real Estate Expert Jonathan Keyser.”

Episode 865: Success Through Service With Commerical Real Estate Expert Jonathan Keyser

With more than 20 years in the Commercial Real Estate Industry, Jonathan Keyser has become one of the most famous commercial real estate agents. Not because of his talent of surviving in a cutthroat industry, but by actually doing what he believes is best: reaching success by helping others reach their success. Thus came his business Keyser Real Estate. In today’s episode, one of the leading questions that frequently are asked is, “how do you grow and prosper in the real estate environment?”

“You don’t have to be ruthless to win.”

Jonathan Keyser. 

Indeed. Keyser’s argument, in its essential form, is to create success by helping others succeed. Keyser uses his statement and likens it to hunting and farming. When we hunt, we think for ourselves. How do I survive? With farming, there is patience, care, attention, and resulting in eventual growth. The way farming is applied to Keyser’s argument is simple. Invest your time in people and relationships. Much like growing a tree in your backyard. Every day you must water it, tend to it, and care for it.

The idea of investing in relationships leads to successful futures. However, this is a long game, one that takes on average five years to complete. But, as Keyser boldly admits, he was miserable with the way he was killing it in the industry. He found himself misaligned with his values and for that, he reinvented himself and blossomed into a fruitful success. The way investment in relationships work is that they prove valuable in the long run. With value comes referrals.

“You truly can create extraordinary success by helping others succeed.”

Jonathan Keyser.

So, how do we apply this value to relationship building? Well, according to Keyser, you must provide a different level of service. Think about your clients’ families, the values you want to create, and how you would like to share these values. Note, doing the right thing because it is the right thing should not be the guiding business principle. Selfless service is brought on by the most self-interested strategy. 

“Being kind is not being weak.”

Jonathan Keyser.

The way to best implement the selfless service ironically is through the self-interested strategy, and here’s why: the self-interested strategy should be implemented in the mindset of how you can help others effectively and to the best of your ability. This type of mindset actually increases production, business, and service.

Your approach should have one major task: with every client, you interface with, what are three ways you can be of service to them without expecting anything in return. Through building relationships, be very present, listen, and ask probing questions. Think about who are the people that can impact you and how can you help them in return. Keyser continuously stresses that serving people takes a lot of work, but the endless success is worth it. Finally, Keyser departs some words of advice to all rookies and experts in the real estate world and the business industry: Think big. 

Well, how was that podcast for an awesome act? But don’t start quieting down. We still have one more seat rocker to show ya, that will, like the others, inspire the hell out of you. 

BiggerPockets Real Estate Podcast  

BiggerPockets is a company that caters towards helping realtors become successful. They offer content, tools, valuable tips, deals, financing, finding partners, and how to avoid mistakes when making the best investing opportunity. Their mission statement: BiggerPockets is a complete resource for anyone looking to succeed in real estate investing. With all that being said, allow us to finally lift the curtains for the final act. The episode up for discussion today is, “Episode 359: Using an Agent to Find Your First (or Next) Deal With Ryan Meinzer, Stephanie & Hero Cruz, and Rob Kishi.”

Episode 359: Using an Agent to Find Your First (or Next) Deal

Before diving into this episode, we would first like to note that we will be giving a short summary of one out of the three guests. This way you can go find out who BiggerPockets is, and the other essential house hacking tips you can learn. The entirety of this episode revolves around various types of house hacking. House hacking is a great real estate investment strategy when owning multi-family rental properties. House hacking is when you live in one of the multiple units of your investment property as your primary residence, and have renters from the other units pay your mortgage and expenses.

The first guest on the show is Ryan Meinzer. He recalls his experience of house hacking in the most expensive part of the country, California. What is remarkable about his technique is that he is living for free. One of the key tricks that Meinzer implements is the TIC: Tenancy In Common. TIC is a joint tenancy between at least two people. Meinzer gives the example that if you have a duplex, two people own the property together, but they respectfully finance their respective units. The perks to this are that prices were significantly marked lower.

Another perk Meinzer mention is having an agent for assurance and giving the boost of confidence we all need when making a huge financial decision. This, of course, is one of the definite perks and hacks to house hacking. For more information on house hacking and what has worked and not worked for people trying to get in the game, check out the rest of this episode.

Each podcast mentioned brings in their own expertise and specialized knowledge to real estate. From what you need to know, to the secret hacks no one tells you about. Additionally, anyone can learn some insight into the real estate industry and what to look for as a client. With the final act done that concludes this blog post on our favorite real estate podcasts. 

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” Are you ready to feel satiated?? “

Alrighty, folks, you got your top three productive podcasts, now it is time for the top three marketing podcasts. If you are new to the marketing team or just looking for some insight into the marketing world, these podcasts are great. From basic marketing strategy to stories that retell the experiences of do’s and don’ts to marketing, these top three marketing podcasts will leave you satiated with knowledge. 

Marketing Over Coffee

Marketing Over Coffee is a podcast that covers both classic and new marketing. Hosts, John Wall and Christopher Penn cover 20-minute long episodes that are filled with various marketing tips and tricks in a casual setting. According to the homepage of their website, the topics they routinely cover are: 

  • Staying up to date with social networks
  • Search engine optimization and search marketing
  • Email marketing, multivariate testing, and copywriting
  • “Old school” offline marketing campaigns
  • And answer fantastic questions from listeners like you!

Episode Suggestions

The episode we suggest taking a gander at is “Jocelyn Brown on Branding and Return on Intent.” In this episode, Jocelyn discusses the essence of tracking marketing- which campaigns are working and not working, the idea that ROI (return of intent) is not everything, and Allocadia. They also discuss the timing of budgeting and spending money, and more importantly, the relationship between branding and the demand generation.

The second episode we suggest listening to is, “Special Interview with Simon Sinek, author of, ‘Start with Why.’” The purpose of this episode is to share the idea of pushing a crusade to create new leadership. According to Sinek, we lack leadership in today’s business. Leaders no longer act from the “why,” but from “what” and “how,”-  What do we do and how do we do it. There is no longer a question of “why we do it,” which is the essence of starting a business: why. In the episode, Sinek argues that due to the loss of “why” there is a loss of passion, which then leads to a lack of leadership. In other words, ‘why’ creates passion and passion creates leadership.

Key Topic

A key topic that is worth paying close attention in the episode with Sinek is the discussion of the golden circle. The golden circle is an idea. Sinek explains that businesses and brands think, act, and communicate the exact same way, however, their approach is lacking, and therefore could be done better. The golden circle consists of three levels: the bullseye is why, the ring outside of that is how, and the outermost level is what.

From there Sinek asks, “why do some marketing techniques work and others do not?” His answer, in addition to the golden circle, is manipulation and inspiration, and more that I could write a 15-page essay on, but this is a blog post people. Listen to the episode to find out more.

In summation, “Marketing Over Coffee” packs a mouthful of information on the essence of marketing and asks and provides insights on important questions that define what marketing and business are. This is the appetizer course, let’s move on to the dinner course. 

This Old Marketing Podcast

Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose co-host the Content Marketing Institute podcast, a 60-minute show rooted in the power of storytelling. From digital marketing news to real-life examples of campaigns that you can learn from. From the Content Marketing Institute podcast comes various other “sub-podcasts.” This Old Marketing podcast being one of them. Of course, all their content is valuable, so we highly suggest you check out their other podcasts, but, for now, we will be focusing on, This Old Marketing podcast. One of the oldest marketing rules in the book is retaining customers through storytelling. Pulizzi and Rose abide by this rule throughout their episodes. Found on the homepage of their website is a simplified outline of what their episodes cover:

  • Content Marketing in the News: We’ll cover three or four stories that hit the marketing scene each week, and give our perspective on the happenings — and how they impact our industry.
  • Rants and Raves: A one-minute rant on something that we feel is “hard to swallow” about the current marketing landscape; or a one-minute rave on something epic.
  • This Old Marketing Example of the Week: Digging into the vast archives of CMI, we will discuss an amazing content marketing example from the past that we can all still learn valuable lessons from.

Episode Suggestion

Allow me to indulge you in one episode that I find particularly fascinating. Episode 221: Marketing Always Works (If You Leave Out Certain Data). Combined with dry humor (which is the best kind of humor), Pulizzi and Rose discuss the launching of Disney+, including the stock market, users, and tech issues. Further into the shoe Rose discusses the current marketing bubble- online advertising.

Finally, Pulizzi and Rose further discuss the concept of cognitive bias; if you want something to work, you will put the methodology to show that it works. In summation, This Old Marketing provides a hole for you to jump in. Throughout the podcast, the hosts expose your mind with storytelling, hypothesis, what-ifs, humor, and of course the idea of advertising/marketing and the trends that go along with it. Ready for dessert?? 

Duct Tape Marketing

In addition to having a podcast, Duct Tape Marketing provides services to small businesses. Their tagline, “Let’s Talk About Growing Your Business,” which essentially is the foundation of their podcast. Additionally, they have a variety of book suggestions that also advise on how to become successful. A particular episode that is a great listen for first-time beginners is, “Paving the Path to a Purposeful Hustle.” The guest speaker is Deanna Singh, speaker, author, and founder and Chief Change Agent at Flying Elephant.

Throughout the podcast, host, John Jantsch proposes several questions: Why is it important to discover your own purpose? How can you find it? Once found, how do you start fully living it. In summation, this episode provides insight on how to find your purpose and transpose that into business. Deanna Singh discusses her purpose, defines impact in a business context, implement self-therapy, and inspire positivity and change. These attributes pave the path to a purposeful hustle. A refreshing outlook, Duct Tape Marketing is a wonderful podcast to listen anytime throughout the day. Like I said, this is a wonderful dessert podcast. 

Conclusion

These podcasts are great for those inexperienced, experienced, curious, everyday-knowledge absorbers, and marketing teams. These marketing podcasts provide splendid insight on how to become better at marketing. Of course, there are many, many, attributes, however, listening to these three podcasts is the first step in becoming better, not just in marketing, but in life as well. Bon Appetit. 

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“We are bringing productivity towards you.”

Welcome to the productivity corner! In the blog posts, we break down our top three productive podcasts that are sure to leave you feeling, well, productive. For more insight on how to feel productive, check out our other blog posts. Surely, you are aware of what podcasts are and how they are beneficial, so I will not waste another sentence explaining why they are great for productivity. Instead, I am going to blow your mind away with the three podcasts that will change the way you live your life. Here are our top three productive podcasts.

Getting Things Done

Hosted by David Allen, author of, “Getting Things Done,” (how original), uses his GTD system to help listeners achieve what he calls a “mind like water.” Among the various topics discussed: technology, creativity, and improving mental flow. What is GTD you might ask??

Well, “GTD is a personal productivity methodology that redefines how you approach life and work,” (Allen, 2019). GTD is compromised of five-steps: Capture, Clarify, Organize, Reflect, and Engage. To find out more what each step is comprised of, click here. Here are some episodes we suggest for first-time listeners:

Episode #40: Best Practices of Email Communication

We all know that checking emails is murder to our production levels. I didn’t check my email for a day, and I had 40 unread messages, and I’m sure there are others who have more! It’s madness! Okay, well, it’s not that bad, but you get the idea. In this episode, “Coach Kelly Forrister focuses on the best practices of email communications with others,” such as writing and using appropriate subject lines and messages, for the ultimate efficiency, and therefore productivity.

Episode #36: Overcoming Procrastination

In summation, this episode involves David Allen outlining the sources of procrastination and talks about the ways to overcome it. Definitely worth a listen, as this episode gauges the levels of procrastination and how they disturb the levels of productivity. GTD is a great podcast to listen to during lunch, as that is usually when productivity levels plateaus. GTD is on Spotify, iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, Soundcloud, and Libsyn.

Though GTD heavily promotes its content, it is still great content. Also known as efficient time management, GTD promotes the idea of recording planned tasks and projects. From recording the tasks, you break each task into actionable work items. Here at AirSend, we do the time management for you. We give you the ability to efficiently organize your tasks, create channels, and implement efficient communication. In essence, AirSend is the lifehack for the GTD system. On to the second podcast.

The 5 AM Miracle Podcast

Rated as the #2 Hottest Productivity Podcast by Inc. Magazine, the 5 AM Miracle Podcast is all about dominating your day before breakfast by developing powerful early-morning habits and rituals. Speaking of breakfast, you should also dominate the day with our top three breakfasts-on-the-go. You can eat while listening to this amazing podcast.

The 5 AM Miracle is a one-of-a-kind podcast that carries the duality of productivity and inspiration. For first time listeners, we recommend listening to the episode that defines the essence of productivity: The Castle I’m Building and Why You Need One Too. 

Episode #311: The Castle I’m Building and Why You Need One Too

Throughout the episode, Jeff Sanders, the host of The 5 AM Miracle, discusses the difference between a castle and an empire. From there he discusses the 10 components of a well-built castle:

  1. BluePrint for the ideal goal
  2. The belief that the end goal is possible and worth pursuing
  3. Alignment with your skills and interests with the castles requirements 
  4. Acknowledgment that takes years to complete
  5. Resources that you need today
  6. Implement a tracking system to monitor your progress 
  7. Network of educational materials to learn from 
  8. The willingness to evolve and change the plans as the castle is built 
  9. Willingness to start over and over again 
  10. Willingness to tear down the castle when the time has come

Think of your castle as your kanban or scrum board – effective for organization and production. Your castle is your comfort zone. Your comfort zone is where you peak at productivity. You can find this episode and more on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Overcasts. Onwards to out last productive podcast.

TED Radio Hour

To end on a surprising and exciting note, the TED Radio Hour podcast curates the best TED talks and puts them together in an episodic format. Though it’s a show about ‘anything,’ there is an underlying theme that connects all the stories.

Consider these episodic podcasts to be full of information that can pass by the time or a substitute for relaxing music while doing work. TED Radio Hour is one of the few productive podcasts that incorporate informational storytelling. For beginner listeners, try out this episode: Inspire to Action. There you have it, folks. These are the three productive podcasts we believe will prove beneficial to get you through the day.

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