The Power of Service Proposals [RR 974]

Chris Dekker shares his use of service proposals, shop cleanliness, and appointment reminders to enhance customer satisfaction. The episode underscores the value of professionalism, continuous learning, and adapting to industry changes to meet evolving client needs.
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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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This Nerd Says “Go Paperless!” [RR 971]

Doug Brackett, owner of Pro Vitals Consulting, shares his journey of transitioning his shop to a paperless and digital environment, emphasizing the importance of standardized processes and the full utilization of shop management software. He discusses the benefits of going paperless, such as improved internal communication and efficiency. Doug also explores the future of the automotive industry, particularly the role of AI and digital tools, and encourages shop owners to embrace technology for optimal operations and customer satisfaction.
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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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Mastering Systems, Operations, and Procedures [RR 966]

Corey Evaldi and Dave Justice provide a wealth of insights into the importance of systems, operations, and procedures in the automotive industry. By focusing on effective communication, continuous education, incentivizing employees, and building strong client relationships, automotive professionals can drive success in their businesses. The episode also highlights servicing electric and hybrid vehicles, and the value of peer learning and industry networking.
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Red Flags When Buying a Business [THA 383]

Join a discussion with multi-shop operators Dwayne Myers and Rick Levitan, as well as CPA Hunt Demarest, on the intricacies of purchasing a business. They cover the necessity of due diligence, understanding financials, and the emotional aspects of negotiation. The panel shares personal experiences, highlighting the importance of realistic financial projections, environmental assessments, and the role of goodwill in valuations. They advise on building strong banking relationships, scrutinizing financial statements, and respecting sellers’ emotional ties, emphasizing patience and strategy for successful acquisitions in the automotive industry.
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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 Untapped Potential of Tire Sales [RR 958]

Darren Mclea shares his passion for tires and offers valuable insights on how tire sales can significantly boost a shop’s profitability and customer loyalty. He discusses strategies for shop owners to incorporate tire sales, the support available from tire distributors, and the benefits of creating a one-stop-shop experience for customers. 
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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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15 Car Maintenance Rip-Offs Explained [THA 381]

Our panel discusses and debunks car maintenance myths from an online article titled “15 Car Maintenance Rip-Offs You Should Avoid.” They cover topics such as engine flushes, air filter replacements, fuel additives, tire shine, headlight cleaning kits, extended warranties, coolant flushes, oil additives, oil enhancers, undercoating, custom exhaust systems, dealership oil changes, and professional detailing.
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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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Chilling Truths: The Impact of New Refrigerants in the Automotive Aftermarket [RR 955]

Recorded Live at the TST Big Event, Michael Ingvardsen, Global Technical Training Manager from Nissens, discusses the evolving challenges and advancements in automotive air conditioning systems, including the potential warranty issues arising from using alternative refrigerants. This episode is more than just a conversation; it’s a roadmap for staying informed, proactive, and environmentally conscious as we navigate the transition to new refrigerants. 
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Shop Owner Reacts to His 360 Review From His Team [THA 380]

In this groundbreaking episode, shop owner Brin Kline undergoes a first-of-its-kind 360-degree review by his team. The session unveils insights into leadership, stress management, communication, team dynamics, and the importance of training. Through candid discussions, Brin and his team explore opportunities for growth and improvement, highlighting the value of feedback in enhancing leadership skills and business operations. 
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So You Think You Want To Open Your Second Location? [THA 377]

Industry shop owners discuss the challenges and strategies of opening and managing a second location. They explore the motivations behind opening additional shops, touching on wealth building, seeking new challenges, and planning for retirement. Carl Hutchinson emphasizes the importance of providing a growth path and career opportunities to attract and train the next generation of industry professionals. The conversation highlights the complexities of scaling a business and the need for strong leadership, financial planning, and a commitment to developing talent within the industry.
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How to Huddle [THA 374]

Bill Hill, Jamie Carlson, and Doug Callahan discuss the significance of company meetings and the benefits of daily huddles for setting the day’s agenda, fostering team communication, and enhancing company culture. They highlight the importance of clear goals, active listening, and fun elements to keep staff engaged. The episode underscores the positive effects of meetings on team dynamics, customer satisfaction, and overall business success.
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Daily Dose of Top Tier Training: Today’s Class [THA 371]

Research has shown that people will generally forget 90% of what they “learn” within 30 days unless it is reinforced.

Recorded Live at Vision 2024, David Boyes, President of Today’s Class, outlines the mobile app’s features, including gamification and personalized training paths. AJ Nealey and Patrick Roberts share how they’ve implemented the platform in their businesses, highlighting its impact on engagement, adaptability to individual needs and its role in fostering a culture of continuous learning and growth.

“It’s microdosing of training. It’s a set of daily questions on a daily basis. And what I love about it, it’s the question after the question. “How confident are you in your answer?” It’s low, medium, or high. You’re understanding their confidence level.” AJ Nealey
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Coaches Lab: Benefits and Succession [THA 370]

Coaches Mastermind: Bill Haas and Kent Bullard discuss performance reviews, benefit packages and succession. Succession planning in family businesses is often met with emotional complexities and practical challenges. However, with open communication, a willingness to learn from the past, and proper financial planning, these obstacles can be overcome.
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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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The New Frontier of Measuring Service Advisor Effort and Output [RR 913]

Stan Stokes and Eric Renninger from Iron Fist Consultants discuss the evolving roles of service advisors in the automotive industry, the impact of COVID-19 on consumer behavior, and the role of technology. Gone are the days of going purely on gut feeling; today, maximizing conversion rates means utilizing every bit of data available. Operationalizing data and effective communication are fundamental aspects of a positive customer journey. 
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Ways to Unify Your Team [THA 358]

Rick White, Vic Tarasik, and Murray Voth discuss the importance of unifying a team within a business. They highlight the need for a common purpose beyond just making money, and the importance of involving the team in decision-making. They also share their personal experiences and strategies for setting goals, providing feedback, and fostering a culture of respect and empathy. The conversation emphasizes the importance of clear communication, shared vision, and ongoing effort in maintaining team unity.
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