FTR 021: Do You Need a Mentor? Who In Your Life Can You Mentor?

Brin Kline is owner of Assured Auto Works in Melbourne, FL.  His career in automotive repair spans 17 years with nearly 8 years as an owner.

Brin knows that the automotive repair industry is ever changing.  Diagnosing and repairing automobiles of today have many more requirements for up to date training than they did in years past.  Today, a technician must network with and befriend other likeminded individuals, commit a lot of their personal time to craft their skills so they can confidently, efficiently and accurately diagnose the issues that they face on a daily basis.

Brin’s journey to becoming an advocate for improving the automotive repair industry at the national level began when he started to attend conferences and training.  At these events, he rubbed shoulders with amazing people who, recognize the need for a national automotive repair industry step-by-step protocol for entry-level recruitment and training, continuing education events, and conferences, sharing of case studies, and helping businesses grow.

One of Brin’s favorite professional moments was being able to attend the 2016 Spring NASTF meeting at the Sheraton in Overland Park, KS. The topic was attracting and retaining technicians.

Brin feels that being a shop owner of a company with great potential is not what gives him a voice. He believes that being an enlightened industry professional is what gives him a voice.

Enlightenment through training, networking with like-minded professionals, collaborating, sharing ideas, knowledge and our experiences with each other, removing pride and egos, getting involved, receiving help and helping each other is the way to a better future and a better industry.

Brin enjoys building case studies for most of the issues that he diagnoses. He has plans of sharing them with training companies, trade magazines and at some point, possibly presenting them himself. In fact, some friends and Brin are working on a project that allows sharing of their diagnostic knowledge and experiences with others. This friendship is a perfect example of the power of attending conferences and networking. Listen to Brin’s previous episodes HERE.

Key Talking Points

  • A personal story of how a mentor changed a teen’s life.
  • Our seasoned techs are not mentoring enough because they just might feel threatened or make less money.
  • Brin believes that there is not enough mentoring going on in our industry.
  • These types of mentoring relationships can be a very powerful secret sauce for individuals.
  • Stop and think about who is in your life that you can mentor.
  • Is there someone out there that can see your potential who would make a great mentor to you.
  • What is our aftermarket embraced a formal Mentoring program? Where could we go? What can we become?
  • Be careful when approaching someone who you would like you to be your mentor.
    • They may not be ready for this.
  • Market yourself to be available for mentoring.
  • If you identify individuals, build on your relationship before you ask for mentoring help.
    • You could ask directly first without a relationship, but it may not be the best approach.
  • Make it formal.
  • “A Mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you than you see in yourself and  helps to bring that out of you.” -Bob Proctor
  • “The best way a mentor can prepare a leader is to expose him or her to great people.” -John C. Maxwell

  • A special thanks to Brin Kline for sharing his passion – For The Record.
  • Books mentioned in the content library HERE
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About the author, Carm Capriotto, AAP

Carm is the founder and host of the Remarkable Results Radio Podcast and the pioneer of automotive aftermarket podcasts. Carm calls on his years of experience in the aftermarket to bring engaging stories from his guests.

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