Level Up Your Automotive Training with Gamification [RR 973]

“Research has shown that people forget 90% of what they “learn” in 30 days unless it’s reinforced. But reinforcement isn’t enough. Today’s Class training uses forced recall, a method that creates pathways in a learner’s brain, helping them retain information more effectively.”

David Boyes, from Today’s Class, discusses how daily gamification on Today’s Class’ app can enhance engagement and learning through individual and team-based competitions, rewards points, and prizes. “It’s microdosing of training. It’s a set of daily questions on a daily basis.”
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Profit First Update: Cash Management Revolution [THA 389]

Join Dan Bryant and Heather DePriest as they discuss the transformative power of Mike Michalowicz’s ‘Profit First’ methodology. Heather and Dan share their success stories and discuss the essential principles of cash management that have helped them grow their businesses sustainably. Tune in for insightful discussions on budgeting, cash allocation, and the critical role of business coaching.
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Are You EV Ready? [THA 388]

“Within 15 minutes on the first day, I knew. And I turned to Carm and just said, ‘This is going to be really, really good.'” Matt Fanslow

Recorded at the NAPA Autotech Research and Training Center in Canton, Ohio, Matt Fanslow, Jim Przybylski, and Allen Bass discuss the development and execution of NAPA Autotech’s revolutionary EV Ready Training Program. They discuss the intricacies of curriculum design, the importance of hands-on learning, and the benefits of real-world application in training. Tune in for valuable information, industry tips, and a closer look at NAPA’s commitment to advancing the automotive aftermarket.
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Avoid These Money Mistakes! [RR 967]

‘Business by the Numbers’ Podcast host Hunt Demarest  discusses common financial mistakes, emphasizing the importance of building long-term wealth through prudent financial management and investment. The conversation covers managing personal and business expenses, the impact of government programs, and the necessity of maintaining financial reserves. 
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Inspiring the Next Generation: How Camp DRIVE Is Shaping Future Automotive Professionals [THA 386]

Tenise and Weston Chapman, owners of Black Hills Tire in Rapid City, South Dakota, discuss their initiative, Camp Drive. This hands-on camp introduces young people to the automotive industry through engaging activities like brake and alignment modules, electrical scans, and engine performance sessions. The Chapmans discuss the Camp’s positive impact on participants, support from local schools and businesses, and plans for expansion. They highlight the importance of inspiring the next generation of automotive professionals and the enthusiastic feedback from both kids and parents.
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Training and Safety in the Age of EVS and ADAS [RR 965]

share their experiences at the NAPA EV Ready Training Center. Matt highlights the importance of safety and professional training in handling high-voltage systems in electric and hybrid vehicles. Both emphasize the need for automotive shops to invest in ongoing education, advanced tools, and equipment to stay ahead in the evolving automotive industry, particularly with the rise of ADAS and EV technologies.
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Effective Language Shift For Shop Owners: From Labor Rate to Service Rate [RR 964]

Murray Voth, owner of RPM Training, discusses the importance of language in the automotive industry, advocating for a shift from “labor rate” to “service rate” to better reflect the value provided. He also dives into financial strategies for shops, emphasizing the significance of setting the right service rate and understanding gross profit to ensure business profitability.
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Breaking Down Transmissions: A Deep Dive with Wayne Colonna [RR 963]

Wayne Colonna discusses the critical need for specialized transmission training, the increasing demand for remanufactured transmissions, and the technical intricacies of modern transmission diagnostics and repairs. The conversation also highlights the challenges of attracting young talent to the field and the importance of awareness about new technologies and industry changes. 
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Exploring Music, Leadership, and Company Culture [RR 962]

Dan Malloy explores themes of communication, leadership, and the transformative power of music. Dan shares his journey to becoming a singer, emphasizing the value of embracing failure and new opportunities. Both Carm and Dan highlight the significance of creating a supportive company culture centered around genuine commitment and helping others. The episode is filled with personal anecdotes, reflections, and practical insights for personal and professional development.
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The Impact of ‘Why’ in Learning and Diagnostics [RR 960]

Tanner Brandt covers critical topics such as the importance of curiosity, the ‘what, why, and how’ of learning, and the necessity of continuous education in the automotive industry. Tanner offers insights into diagnosing vehicles, solving complex problems, and the value of understanding the reasons behind every step in the repair process. This engaging discussion serves as a vital resource for technicians, shop owners, and trainers committed to staying ahead in the industry.
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The Electric Revolution: Insights From Dave Giles [RR 959]

EV expert Dave Giles discusses the rise of electric vehicles, the practicality of PHEVs for consumers, the cost implications, the maintenance requirements of EVs, and the vital need for updated training and curriculum for automotive technicians. They also touch on the market trends, challenges, and opportunities for repair shops to embrace the EV revolution. Discover key insights that will help your business stay ahead in the rapidly evolving automotive landscape.
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Auto Allies: Forging an Independent Networking Group [THA 382]

The power of unity and shared purpose.

Automotive industry professionals from Buffalo, New York, discuss their independent networking group’s evolution and impact. They emphasize the importance of continuous learning, support, and the benefits of a collective approach to improving their businesses and the industry. The group’s resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic and its commitment to education and community involvement are also highlighted.
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The Importance of Safety and Compliance in Automotive Shops [RR 957]

Explore the importance of adhering to safety regulations, the role of common sense in maintaining a safe work environment, and practical tips for small businesses to comply with OSHA standards. Discussions include the significance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), how OSHA inspections are triggered, and examples of common safety oversights in the workplace. The conversation also covers the precautions necessary for handling electric vehicles (EVs), the necessity of monthly safety inspections, and the critical role of safety in retaining qualified technicians. 
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Are You Really Checking Batteries and Tires? AAA Knows You’re Not! [RR 956]

Jim Sennett from AAA focuses on the significance of maintenance in reducing roadside events, the impact of battery and tire issues, and the importance of regular vehicle inspections. He dives into AAA’s role in roadside assistance, battery sales, the importance of education in the industry, and the need to shift perception to attract more talent to the skilled trades. 
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The Mustang Man – Giuliano Zuccato – Re-Release

Giuliano Zuccato’ s life story is a testament to the power of determination, creativity, and the human spirit. As a podcaster, I am honored to have captured his journey and shared it with you. His work on the 1964 Ford Mustang is not just a chapter in automotive history but a beacon of inspiration for anyone who dares to dream and persevere against all odds.

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Attract, Develop, and Retain Top Automotive Talent [CC 113]

Building the dream team in the automotive industry goes beyond hiring technicians—it’s about creating a culture that fosters growth, respect, and development.

Join our panel of shop owners as they share their experiences and strategies in building an outstanding team. Topics include the significance of culture, passive and active recruiting, development through apprenticeship and training programs, and retention strategies like understanding employees’ goals, compensation, and creating an enjoyable work environment.

Want to learn more? Join Chris Lawson’s ‘Repair Shop Growth Systems Live 2024’ May 31st – June 2nd in Mt. Arlington, NJ. https://www.repairshopgrowthsystems.com/
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The Driving Force: Extraordinary Results with Ordinary People [RR 948]

Andy Bizub explores the influential book “Driving Force: Extraordinary Results with Ordinary People” by Peter Schutz. Dive into the pivotal role of culture in business success with personal insights on maintaining a positive work environment. This episode is packed with wisdom for business owners and leaders seeking to improve their operations and team dynamics.
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Are You Addicted to Social Media? [RR 938]

Recorded Live at Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo, Carm Capriotto, alongside shop owner Kim Auernheimer and industry professional Tracy Capriotto, dive into a myriad of topics relevant to the industry. They reflect on the evolution of the industry and the significance of the Women in Auto Care conference. Kim discusses her journey managing multiple shop locations and the nuances of catering to different communities, while Tracy offers insights on the benefits of personality tests like DISC for workplace harmony. The trio also examines the double-edged sword of social media’s role in both personal and professional realms, advocating for a more intentional and productive use of the platforms. This episode is a trove of wisdom, emphasizing continuous personal growth and adaptation in a digitally-driven world.
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Leadership in Times of Transformation [RR 933]

Dr. John Passante and Dr. Thomas Litzinger, titans of the automotive aftermarket industry, steer through the intricacies of professional development and organizational strategies. Some key takeaways: Innovation is non-negotiable, education is critical, and leadership makes the difference. 
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How Can Parenting Lessons Improve Your Business Leadership? [RR 923]

A reflection on the rewards that come from the challenges of parenting and leadership. The joy lies in witnessing individuals—be they our children or our employees—discover and develop their passions and talents. As leaders and parents, our greatest contribution is to offer guidance and support, fostering an environment where intrinsic motivation and self-assessment can flourish.

Bill Nalu uncovers the essence of effective parenting and leadership lies in the ability to inspire and guide without overshadowing the individual journeys. 
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Understanding Intangible Holes in Your Business [RR 918]

Dave Schedin dives into the significance of emotional intelligence (EQ) in personal and professional development. He discusses how recognizing and managing emotions can lead to business success and shares how his own growth in EQ has helped his clients improve their businesses. The conversation covers the impact of fear and limiting beliefs on decision-making, the importance of stepping out of comfort zones, and the value of self-awareness. 
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A Real World Perspective on Safety [RR 916]

Ready to dive into the critical topics of safety and compliance within the automotive service aftermarket? Tom Herrmann shares valuable insights on maintaining a safe work environment, including hazard communication, safety data sheets, labels for chemicals, and the importance of employee training and clear safety policies. Tom emphasizes the role of safety as a form of salesmanship, advocating for selling the importance of safety to employees rather than focusing on potential fines and violations. The episode aims to instill a sense of responsibility in listeners, highlighting the importance of safety to prevent accidents and maintain a productive workforce.
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