We all know that there’s a shortage of workers for mostly all businesses in all industries because of the great resignation. As a shop owner, how are you attracting the best technicians? Are you promoting your culture and the opportunity to work in your business? Wouldn’t it be nice to know what is important to technicians? What are they looking for in a shop, and do you offer it? Jimmy Alauria and Jason Stretch discuss the results of a recent technician survey that might surprise you. And how the value of the survey shapes the ads that attract superstars.
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Have you heard about the new ASE L4 ADAS Certification? This test has been in development since January 2020 with the help of industry experts. My guests Matt Shepanek, Matt Haugh, and Keith Perkins say the certification is going to be a major differentiating factor when hiring technicians. We all know the best technicians are the ones constantly learning and training. Stick around for an inside look into the test development and tips on how to pass the test.
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Are A,B, and C technician levels outdated? Or do we need to take into account specialized skills that can be required in certain areas? Is there room for A, B and C levels within categories? As our industry continues to change, maybe our perspectives on technician labels change too.
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There are business coaches for shop owners, service advisors, COO’s and managers. But what about technicians? Training events are critical for everyone in your shop, but one on one technician mentoring at your facility is unrivaled. Find out the benefits of bringing a trainer in specifically to teach your team.
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Is your shop a part of the Motorist Assurance Program (MAP)? If this is the first you are hearing about the Motorist Assurance Program, you just may be pleased to know that MAP provides repair and maintenance standards that create trust between the consumer and your business. Besides the consumer element. MAP follows and gets updates on state bills, guidelines, and regulations that you might not be aware of.
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Do you have a passion for teaching others and watching them grow? Is it something you’ve been interested in doing? I’m with Brandon Steckler at the TST Big Event 2022 and we discuss his path to becoming a trainer and writer for MotorAge Magazine. He also shares a transparent review of one of his classes from a peer. A special episode I did with Brandon on his passion for teaching is episode 342. Speaking of training, did you know that auto tech colleges need part-time instructors? It is a great way to engage with auto tech students. How about being a high school night school trainer. Let’s think outside the box and advance the aftermarket together.
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Dive into the minds of three incredible industry trainers in the studio of the 2022 Vision KC Hi Tech Training & Expo. We had no agenda, just some friends chatting with a special dynamic and their passion for the advancement of the aftermarket. Some of what we covered: what are their perspectives on electrical theory, becoming a trainer, and training in general, you’ll also hear talk about business culture, mentoring and so much more. Profound fun awaits you.
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What’s better than having 3 trainers sit down with me at Vision 2022 and record their very candid conversation. Be a fly on the wall as we discuss hybrid training, student assessments and breakout teams. My panel shares their experiences and together we push the boundaries of training in our industry.
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The idea of completely restructuring your staff seems impossible, right? So how did Vinnie Lucido do it after his brother and partner retired from the business? And how did his role as the sole owner and operator change? I asked Vinnie all these questions, in the Vision KC studios, including his perspective on interns and how he can work such a few hours a week.
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I asked Travis Troy, point-blank, what did it cost him to take his entire team to Vision this year. I talked to so many shop owners at Vision KC 2022 that closed their shops to take their entire team for some of the best training and networking both Technician, Service and Management. I stopped counting at 30 the number of shop owners who closed their shops there had to be 100 or more based on my simple survey results. Some strategies were to uplift and cross training their people into leadership roles by selecting that type of training. Travis and his partner Josh know they’ll get a huge return on their training investment. The message: get out of your comfort zone.
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Asking for help and admitting you need help is often the last thing struggling business owners want to do. They also might not know who or how to ask. My panel of coaches has experience in the shop business and has a huge tenure as successful aftermarket business coaches. They’ve seen a lot and have helped many find unrivaled business success and a path to financial freedom.
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Guest host and shop tour with Phil Carpenter, Urban Auto Care and Avalon Motor Sports, Denver, CO, discusses scaling your business the right way. Learn from Phil’s experience with 5 locations and over 30 employees.
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This episode continues the previous discussion about learning environments and breaking the mold for both teachers and students. My group wants to revamp training (the lectures and presentation style) with smaller focus groups, that will allow the attendees to understand theories and concepts and have them apply them within a study group. This episode will push your think on the transfer of knowledge and maybe it’s time to break the mold on training.
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There’s nothing like hitting the record button and letting Bob Heipp, Matt Fanslow and Scot Mana have a wide open discussion about the automotive industry. What does it take to really fix cars? Are we doing a good job explaining it to our customers? How do other industries compare to ours? Should we really be using the term ‘diagnosing’ when what we are doing is performing tests and analyzing? My panel continues to advance the aftermarket, with great talk that will make you think.
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Another episode recorded at AAPEX 2021. In this episode, you’ll hear from three different perspectives, a hands-off visionary owner, his partner and director of operations, and a 26 year old service director that started as a technician. Find out how these three successful businessmen work cohesively together while continuing to look toward the future. You’ll be inspired.
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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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Are You Getting Value From Your Training Dollars? [THA 254]
We preach on this podcast that the investment in training is everything to you and your business. However, are you receiving the training in the proper way? We are taking a deeper dive into what training should be, and how to learn effectively. You might think those are simple concepts you can skip over, but trust me, this episode will change your perspective.
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PAVE Training Part 1 [CC 100]
Here’s another special CarmCast highlighting PAVE, the Professional Automotive Virtual Education training which starts December 2-5, 2021. Yes, this is a timely message and Yes virtual training for technicians, shop owners, managers, service advisors, and collision professionals. With over 55 classes from some of the top industry trainers PAVE has something for everyone.
A great panel of industry trainers in this episode, speak to the importance of installing a training culture in your shop and the benefits from the long weekend of daytime training and why a training investment pays big dividends. A fitting end to 2021 with this virtual training opportunity. Guess what? You’re out of excuses, sign up at pavetraining.com — Let’s make training the new normal.
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Vision KC 2022 – Prepare to Go to the 30th-anniversary event
New classes are available. We listen to the why, what, who, when, and where of Vision 2022. My guests set up all the reasons to attend and they share some stories with you and important new things to look forward to next year. Some information in this podcast is time-sensitive that you will want to react to before 2021 ends.Listen and view episode notes
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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Service Advisor Role Play #6 [THA 245]
You’re going to love this episode. My panel dives into a role play like we’ve never done before. Chad Jacks and Ethan Smith swap their roles interacting as a service advisor answering a phone call from a customer. They play an average service advisor and then redo the scenario as an exceptional service advisor. Rena Rennebohm offers coaching in between. Answering the phone is often the first interaction you have with a client opportunity. Are you listening to recorded calls? Do your service advisors need an occasional tune-up? This episode will help in all cases.
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Catching Up With Your Mentor [RR 680]
Mentoring is a special relationship that grows between two individuals and also within themselves personally. With me is Jim Morton and Brandon Steckler: Mentor and Mentee. We all know when you teach you learn, but did you also know the best mentor never responds to a question with an answer? In this episode Jim and Brandon discuss the essence of mentorship. They also agree that going back to the basics is the simplest and often overlooked foundation for any successful diagnostician. I bet you are not surprised!
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Apprentice Journey – High School to Graduate [RR 675]
How did a high school student who wanted to just fill a slot in his schedule end up becoming an apprentice at Dynamic Automotive? What are the qualities a mentor needs to have for an apprenticeship program? Is it possible for a 20 something-year-old to be financially stable in a career with no college debt? This is a down-to-earth, real-life episode that will shed some light on the importance of apprenticeships in our industry. … and you know how important apprentices are to me and to our long-term survival.
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Creating a Training Culture [THA 235]
Training in this industry is always a hot topic to discuss. Unfortunately, there are too many shops that don’t realize training employees and business owners must be non-negotiable in order to have a profitable and sustainable business. If you’re listening to this podcast, you’re already taking action to level up. Take a moment to share this episode with just one person, it may change their life personally and professionally.
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Are You Going To ASTE? [CC 095]
Are you going to ASTE September 24th-25th 2021? If the answer is no, then let this episode be your reason why you need to attend. ASTE is a training and expo destination and the largest venue of its type in the Southeast. This may be the year you take the entire shop. We’ve been pent for a while, needless to say, so it may be just the perfect time to attend technical and business training and network with your peers. remarkableresults.biz/cc095Listen and view episode notes