Job of a Trainer Isn’t a Job, It’s a Lifestyle [RR 833]
Recorded Live at Vision 2023, we are with 3 trainers that describe training as a lifestyle, not a job. Today’s technicians must have an engineering mindset in order to repair vehicles and that requires a continuous commitment to learning, improving, and teaching for both the trainers and attendees.
First Ever General Service Technician Academy at Vision KC [RR 832]
Recorded Live at Vision 2023, Al Wright and Travis Troy discuss the benefits of joining MWACA’s S.O.S. (Shop Owner’s Support) Group. When we can support and learn from other shop owners, we continue Advancing the Aftermarket and raising the bar for the industry. Travis also gives us an overview of Vision’s newest class for general service technicians.
Future Shop: Sooner Than You Think [THA 318]
Will diagnostic work overtake remove and replace work? How will you position and present your shop as a technologically advanced repair center? What training will our employees need? How will artificial intelligence impact our industry? Will we be prepared? Join Jake Sorensen, Chris Chesney and Derek Kaufman as they discuss the shop of the future.
Resilience in Your Commitment to Succeed [RR 829]
Recorded Live at the 2023 Institute Summit, Michael Smith, Jason Brennan and Mike Simard discuss leadership, growth, culture and the resilience needed to commit to succeed in your business.
Why Elminating Waiting Appointments and Closing Saturday Changed My Business [RR 828]
Transforming your business doesn’t happen overnight, but it starts with committing to one small change. Recorded live at the 2023 Institute Summit, Anthony Bodine shares his remarkable journey of trusting his coach and how it changed his business.
Stop Stopping Progress [RR 827]
Recorded Live at the 2023 Institute Summit, Tim Chakarian and Johanna Reichert explain why you should ‘stop stopping’ and the biggest change and growth in your business comes from within.
4 Day Work Week and Our Own App [AW 146]
Erich and Lauralee Schmidt went to a 4 day work week during COVID and haven’t looked back. They also have an app for their shop with benefits to customers.
Surviving a Health Scare [THA 316]
You never know when something can and will happen to your health. Do you have a written contingency plan in place for your family and business? Are you maintaining your body like you teach your customers to maintain their vehicle? Join 3 shop owners as they discuss personal health scares, outcomes, preventions, and planning for if and when something happens.
A Crisis is Rarely a Motivator for Change: Why Wait? – Chip Eichelberger [RR 825]
Did you know most people will die from a preventable disease? 42% of the first symptom of heart disease is sudden death. How much time are you spending on your most valuable asset, yourself? Are you investing in the health of your employees? Everyone thinks they have an infinite amount of time until something happens. Recorded Live at the Institute Summit, Chip Eichelberger discusses actionable solutions to create a healthier lifestyle. It’s never too late to make a small difference in your life.
Will You Give 10 Hours to an Auto Tech Student? [RR 823]
How can 10 hours bridge the gap between the classroom and the workplace? Sue Dickson created an internship program called ‘Give Me 10’ that provides 10 hours at a local shop spread out over 5 days. It allows both the shop owner and student to see if the automotive industry is the right career path. This program currently serves 75 students and has collected over 458K in grants. It starts with an idea and passion for connecting students to the automotive industry.
Core Values: Know Them, Live Them [THA 314]
How do you stop having a job and start having a business? It all begins with the foundation of core values. Don’t ‘thesaurus’ your way to writing them down once on a piece of paper. Your core values are the essence of who you are and what you stand for. And guess what? Your company’s core values involve your entire team too.
How to Give Critical Feedback – Dr. David Weiman [RR 820]
There’s an art to giving and receiving critical feedback properly. Join Dr. David Weiman as he dives into the psychological background of what happens when people feel criticized. He also explains common mistakes and practical tools to apply for an effective and efficient conversation.
Benefits of Toastmasters – Craig O’Neill [AW 142]
On Record with Craig O’Neill. Craig discusses the benefits of joining Toastmasters. Toastmasters is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Through Toastmasters you’ll listen better, communicate more effectively, and lead teams and conduct meetings with confidence.
Service Advisor Overload: Part 2 [THA 312]
We are on Part 2 of our Service Advisor Overload discussion because we couldn’t fit it all into 1 episode! Did you know most shops are missing $300-500k in gross profit dollars because their service advisor doesn’t have the time to tap into those dollars? You must build a wall of support around your service advisor.
Advice For New Shop Owners [THA 311]
If you’re thinking about transitioning from employee to shop owner, this episode is for you. Instead of guessing your way through the transition, let the Aftermarket Radio Network be your free library of industry peers across the country help you get started the right way.
Technician Tools and Jocko [THA 298]
Do wages today support the tools technicians need? What are they spending? Are owners using tool purchase programs for their employees? Andy Bizub from Midwest Performance Car, Chicago, shares his perspective on tool programs in his shop. Andy also discusses his experience at Jocko Willink’s ‘Echelon Front’ Muster conference that he is sending his people to and why it is ‘next level’ training.
Reach for Help – Stay In Business – Chris Cotton [RR 788]
Why is reaching out for help so hard for so many people? Let’s break down the barriers and formalities and dive into what the first call to a business coach can be like. I’m with Aftermarket Radio Network host Coach Chris Cotton at ASTE 2022. Look, you don’t have a hobby you have a business that needs your attention to profitability. Never stop improving yourself and your business. Embrace accountability partners, peer groups, and coaching, and watch what you can do.
Onboarding New Team Members [THA 297]
Have you ever experienced the butterflies in your stomach when you start a new job? You arrive on the first day and feel lost as surrounding employees are busy at work. What is your onboarding process for new employees? How do you make their first day efficient, comfortable and welcoming? Listen to learn just one thing and commit to finetuning your onboarding process
A 12 Pack of Conference Rules – John Firm [RR 787]
We’re live at ASTE 2022 with John Firm, and together we have brainstormed 12 “Conference Rules” for when you attend in-person events. Preparation happens before you even step foot into the event and goes on long after it is over.
Creating a Sticky Organization – Dr. Dave Weiman [RR 783]
Do you have a sticky organization? Or is it more like Teflon? Do your employees feel a sense of belonging and ownership? Do they take pride in their work? Dr. Dave Weiman simplifies what it means to have a sticky culture and some warning signs to avoid in your business. Stick around!
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Numbers Don’t Lie, They Also Don’t Tell the Truth [THA 290]
The gang’s all here; we have the entire Aftermarket Radio Network together for an important episode inspired by the movie Moneyball. We all have experience with people who are not our top performers, but are we better to have them on the team than not? You know them; they are consistent, reliable, steady, and contributors. Are they worth replacing? Will they become the best or top performers, or do they help strengthen our overall performance? A great discussion among your peers.
How To Build Relationships with Students and Schools [RR 760]
How many schools have you visited recently? What is your relationship like with the teachers, and school counselors? Have you hosted a shadow day at your shop for students? If your answer is no to any of these questions, answer this one: what is stopping you? Thomas Edison once said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Dont miss this opportunity to get involved with your schools and community and properly represent this industry to our younger generation.
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Hairdresser Turned Shop Owner – Danielle Villa [RR 754]
Are hairdressers the new untapped resource for our industry? How does a hairdresser in San Francisco become an automotive shop owner in Las Vegas? What can we learn from the intimacy between a hairdresser and the client? I’m with Danielle Vila at the 2022 Elite Invitational, stay tuned, you won’t want to miss this episode. We discuss business, hair care tips, and a few laughs in between.
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From Investment Banker to Shop Owner [RR 752]
Ready to be inspired by a shop owner that came from the merger and acquisition realm? Why did he choose our industry? What fresh perspective does he have? I’m with Thomas from Hotchkiss Auto Repair and his passion about people and training is infectious.
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Surviving Two Store Openings During the Pandemic [RR 750]
What is it like opening two locations at the dawn of COVID? David Eschbach shares his story around three primary business tenets. Each Take-Away is wrapped in a compelling story and supported by integrating sub-lessons. See the show notes as a guide, as this information is applicable for leading a business during any crisis or economic environment, not just during COVID.
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