Women of the Year Awards 2021 [RR 709]
I had the honor last year to sit down with the Women in AutoCare Women of the Year recipients at AAPEX 2021. The electric energy between these women is hard to miss. The push for more women in our industry is never over. We need to continue to support women in leadership roles, encourage the younger generation to join and get involved in mentorship.
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CarmCast Power Panel [CC 102]
This CarmCast featured an anything goes format, a ‘Power Panel.’ No question Bryan Kelley and Greg Buckley would make for a great power panel. What better way to start off 2022 than some comprehensive discussions marking trends like Multi Shop Ownership. We hit some great wisdom on developing Trust, Delegation, EVs, Work-Life Balance, and more. No doubt you’ll pick up a gem or two to help make your 2022 a banner year for you. Let me ask you … how do you recharge? Well, I asked my panel. Compare your rechargeability to theirs. Thanks for listening to the podcast where ‘Your Learning Curve Never Sounded So good!’
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Talking Tech: SVI, ADAS, Perception Systems, and Ethernet with Joe Register [RR 708]
Consider this episode a blitz round table with Joe Register, Vice-President Emerging Technologies at the AutoCare Association, we are discussing, emerging technology, ADAS, electrification, the Right to Repair Act and more. Vehicles have never been more connected and complicated than now and it’s critical to pause and learn about the intricacies involved.
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ASE ADAS Certification and Other Important News [RR 707]
If you’re not actively involved in ASE certifications or the ASE education foundation, you are missing a huge opportunity. There are so many resources at your fingertips to improve your business, get involved in education, become certified, or stay certified with ASE. Stop making excuses in this new year, become proactive and start taking action.
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What Type of Training Works for You? [RR 706]
Training, training, training. We can’t talk enough about the importance of training and how it’s changed due to COVID-19 along with smarter trends on virtual. How has free virtual training impacted the industry? What are the pros and cons to live training and virtual training? What can we do to encourage more people to get training? And another thought …. What is your commitment to training in the new year?
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Training Workshops: Develop Your Culture and Leadership [RR 705]
How do you elevate your business to the next level? It can seem like an uphill battle. Why does improving yourself and your business seem overwhelming to most people? Where do you even start? It all starts with one step at a time. Here is a great interview about UpShift Powered by Ask Patty and provides training on culture, leadership skills, and diversity inclusion (including women) among so much more. Consider it your own personal board of directors for your business. With Jody Devere and Donna Wagner.
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How to Pass a Wage and Hour Audit from DOL [RR 704]
When was the last time you thought about your business being audited? The proverbial ‘Hi I’m from the government and I’m here to help!’ type of audit. Well, they are very real and we hear of stories and fines that get levied because we are not paying attention to specifically wage and hour laws. If you thought about it more often, you would be taking all the precautions to avoid penalties and fines. This episode is all about an audit and how to play by the rules. Don’t wait until the department of labor calls, take action to ensure your business is conforming to the law.
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The Four Pillars of Marketing [RR 703]
This episode focuses on simplified marketing that will offer new ideas to try out and to bring focus to “thinking like the customer.” Make sure your business is making a splash and being noticed.
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Three Managers You Need In Your Business [RR 702]
Can owners buy freedom? The short answer is no, they have to grow it with their people. Are you grooming specific employees in managerial roles? Or do you give them a title and assume they can go on autopilot? George Zeeks discusses the three different managers you need in your business as it grows. Find out if you have these roles filled or you need to start.
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Marketing: Never Take Your Foot Off the Gas Pedal [RR 701]
It’s always a pleasure to sit down with the Shop Marketing Pro’s team. We recorded this at the 2021 ASTE Conference. Marketing is constantly evolving and as a business owner, it’s easy to push it to the back burner. So do you know when is the best time to be marketing? My panel explains the great mystery of life.
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700th Episode Milestone- 7 Trends [RR 700]
While past milestone episodes have focused on reflection, this episode focuses on the present and future in a rapid-fire format with 7 guests. Can your shop hold up as the industry and technology change? Do you have any plans to improve or change your business based on recent trends? My panel discusses some key strategies and how they face these opportunities and challenges.
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New Leadership Team at ASCCA [RR 699]
At AAPEX 2021 I caught up with the new Leadership team at ASCCA the Automotive Service Councils of California. I’ve known so many industry leaders who make ASCCA a great organization. I have the incoming and the outgoing president to talk about the future and a wide perspective on the power and value of association membership. Remember great things happen when we work together and my panel of ASCCA members is here to encourage you to get involved.
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Industry Leaders Update Right to Repair Act & Discuss AAPEX 2021 [RR 698]
AAPEX 2021 went off without a hitch, despite the constant changes in regulations and mandates as it related to COVID. I was there and now get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it took to successfully launch AAPEX, plus, an important update on the Right to Repair Act and the future of our industry. Serious stuff here. While you’re listening to this episode take out your phone, go to repairact.com and be an active voice. It’s time to tell Congress you support the Right to Repair Act! If you earn your living in the independent aftermarket you need to get behind this.
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AAPEX 2021 Service Award Winners [RR 697]
I had the privilege to speak with the AAPEX 2021 service award winners while at AAPEX. Be a fly on the wall as they discuss what it was like to receive the call that they were award winners and what it means to them. They were selected based on the guidelines of the nomination process and the final voting and filtering from industry professionals. Congrats again to Matt Fanslow, Eric and Jaime Carlson and Brittany Schindler, your awards are well deserved.
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Automotive Service Councils Educational Foundation [RR 695]
Did you know ASCCA (Automotive Service Councils of California) the great California association also has an educational foundation? The purpose is to raise funds to support and encourage technical training and education for the automotive industry. Did you also know you can be involved outside of California? Ask yourself if you and your network are doing enough to support educational scholarships for our industry.
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Supply Chain: Getting Parts to Market Post Pandemic Part 2 [RR 694]
After the overwhelming response to our first Supply Chain episode, I decided to follow up with Part 2 while at AAPEX 2021. Every day seems like there is a new challenge or problem to overcome. The squeeze of supply issues and parts availability are felt throughout our entire industry. Did you ever stop to consider this crisis isn’t a supply chain problem, but rather an increase in demand? Which is actually a good problem to have. This has forced every manufacturer to improve their efficiency and focus on a better connection with shops in order to service them properly. Let’s bring both sides together and continue to keep the dialogue open and transparent.
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Short Term Goals WILL Change Your Behavior – Bob Cooper [RR 693]
Don’t just write down a few goals for 2022. Allow them to change your behavior. As we near the end of 2021, we all start to think about New Years Resolutions. But did you know only 3% of people have clearly defined goals? The other 97% that don’t how to set clearly defined goals — face fears of failure and rejection. This is a one-of-a-kind episode with Bob Cooper CEO at Elite Worldwide, that will set you on a path to change yourself and your business. It’s not about the 97 yards you’ve traveled down the field but the three ahead of you that will score a touchdown.
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CEO Margaret Palango Takes the Lead [RR 692]
I’m so honored to be speaking with the new CEO of Auto Shop Solutions, Margaret Palango. In this episode, Margaret shares how she went from a stay-at-home mom to her newly appointed position as CEO. You have to create opportunities for yourself and go for what you want. Her new role will encourage more women to join our industry. Listen and be inspired and strive to grow your confidence so you can reach your goals, take big leaps and make a difference.
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Jimmy Lea’s Top 7 Proven Marketing Methods [RR 687]
The online realm of marketing can be overwhelming by just thinking about it. How do you successfully market your business online? Stop spending money on methods that don’t produce or may even work against you. You need to measure and manage your marketing for the most significant results possible. I’m in the ASTE 2021 studio with Jimmy Lea, Kukui evangelist, to discuss the top 7 methods you can implement in your shop today that are proven to put your shop on top.
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We Are Signal Intelligence Specialists – Gary Smith [RR 685]
Trainer Gary Smith loves to diagnose tough challenges. He is going to touch, in this episode, on the importance of computer and mechanical data in finding carbon and deposit fouling when diagnosing driveability concerns. He is also going to talk about a new definition of technicians saying that they are “Signal Intelligence Specialists.” A unique approach to a technician’s skill set. We discuss the skills necessary to play in this new field of automotive tradecraft.
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The Power of Transformational Coaching [THA 242]
Employee reviews: We’ve all been there. You get called into your boss’s office and get graded on your performance over the past year. It can be easy to forget your review once you leave the office. Out of sight, out of mind. Isn’t it time to change that mundane process? In this episode my panel discusses a transformational approach for owners to deepen their relationship with their employees. Let them be a part of your business and see how it can flourish. We are talking Transformational Coaching.
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Job Expectations: Boomers vs Millennials [RR 676]
Boomers and millennials could not be more different if they tried. We’ve all heard the stereotype for both generations and miscommunication and frustration often bubble to the surface in any work environment. Instead of criticizing different generations than our own, isn’t it time we pause and start understanding each other? In this episode, Bill Haas is the boomer and Sara Fraser is the millennial. They are also a father-daughter team that works together. Listen to both perspectives and find out how both generations can actually work together harmoniously.
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Q & A with Chris Chesney [THA 241]
You’re going to love this question and answer format style episode with the newly retired Chris Chesney. My panel takes a deep dive into Chris’s long and successful career. What was his most rewarding experience? Does he have any regrets? What is his forecast on the technician shortage and electric vehicles? And most importantly, is retirement really in the cards for Chris Chesney?
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Social Media 101: Lead Gen, IOS Changes, Boosting [RR 674]
Are you a do-it-yourselfer when it comes to handling your own marketing campaign for the business? Where do you start? What’s the best way to target your audience? How do you set up ads for Facebook that are going to really work? It can become frustrating very fast and so many people end up throwing in the towel. In this episode, Christina Modesti from Mode Marketing Agency outlines simple steps to point you on the right track. As she explains, “you don’t win or lose in marketing and advertising, you win or learn.” Keep in mind that Cristina’s husband owns a shop so she does have a great perspective.
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I Want $1 Million For My Business [THA 240]
In this episode, my panel will be dissecting a pertinent issue when it comes to selling any business, which is wanting more than it is worth. Many have worked for years and want to get 1 million for their business.
As a business owner, you’ve been painting a very specific picture in your mind about retirement. Where you’ll live, what you’ll be doing, and most importantly, what will your nest egg look like. Too often your ideal price tag does not line up with the bottom line financials of your business and its true market value and what the buyer is willing to pay. And, if you’re a buyer, how do you bridge that gap from want to real value? The panel rolls up their sleeves and discusses both sides of buying and selling a business.
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