Why Speak to Fifth Graders? [THA 292]

No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Raising the image and perception of our industry starts with getting involved with schools. If you’re involved in your local community college or high school, I would like to put out a challenge that you also visit the elementary and middle schools. The students are buzzing with energy, questions, and already have a leg up on technology. If you’re not involved with any schools, what’s stopping you?  You can’t afford to not put your time into students, teachers, and school counselors. The impressions you leave on the youth are critical to creating opportunities for our industry’s future.

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Andy Fiffick, CEO Rad Air, 10-locations, franchise. Listen to Andy’s other episodes HERE

Bill Haas, Owner of Haas Performance Consulting, Bill’s previous episodes HERE.

Craig Noel, Sun Automotive, Springfield, OR. Listen to Craig’s previous episodes HERE

Key Talking Points

  • To connect these newest minds to our trades really does begin at the 5th-grade level AND at the dinner table or other places where the discussion needs to be about the opportunities that the service trades are no longer a plan “B”.
  • The newer generation truly has a “leg up” as they are ready and are very quick and techy, which then really leaves the “on the job” nuts and bolts experience. This is where an Apprenticeship program is a must for the automotive industry and its future. 
  • Craig has 5 technicians from the apprentice program
  • Vehicles are more advanced than the Apollo spaceship
  • Make sure your presentation includes many questions. It keeps them engaged, and you will learn from their perspective.
  • Tell stories, lots of stories. Don’t go into statistics.
  • You must get to the teachers and parents
  • Working with your hands and mind is rewarding.
  • Solving tough problems builds character.
  • You can’t afford to not put your time into students and the community- the impressions you leave are critical 
  • Raise your hand for any volunteering opportunity

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Shop-Ware: More Time. More Profit. Shop-Ware Shop Management getshopware.com




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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.

Listen to raw, unfiltered, honest, and sincere stories that include insights, trends, best practices, and expertise. Each interview brings an opportunity to learn one new thing through the stories of personal achievement. Many podcast guests tell their story of transformation from working in their business to working on it.

As host of over 1,000 episodes, Carm uses his enthusiasm and passion for the aftermarket especially the service sector to take his listeners on a journey showcasing successful service professionals’ paths to Remarkable Results. He also enjoys interviews with aftermarket industry thought leaders who bring their industry perspectives to his listener.

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