Matt Fanslow is the diagnostic tech/shop manager at Riverside Automotive in Red Wing, MN. His primary responsibilities are to diagnose driveability and electrical/electronic issues, and perform most all programming, coding, initializing, adoptions, etc. Basically, if it needs to be figured out or has wires, it goes to Matt. He’s been a tech since 1996.
Matt is also a subject matter expert for ASE and has instructed at Vision Hi-Tech Training and Expo.
Matt has participated on 18 ASE technical committees for the ASE Practice Test, A6, A7, A8, and L1 tests. He’s also done case studies for Standard Motor Products.
Fanslow’s goal is to do everything in his power to improve the overall level of professionalism within the automotive and light truck repair trade and also raise the level of its public image. Matt Fanslow’s Previous Episodes HERE.
Scott Brown is an ASE Master Certified Automobile Technician with over three and a half decades of professional service industry experience. He and his wife own Connie & Dick’s Service Center Inc., a 57-year-old independent shop in Southern California.
With a strong focus on engine performance and electronics, Scott began collaborating with other industry professionals, online, beginning in the early 90’s. Since 1995, he has been an instrumental resource in the development of the largest online community of automotive service professionals, the International Automotive Technicians Network — iATN where he once served as company president. Additionally, he serves on the NASTF Board of Directors and is a member of the following associations: ASCCA, CAT, ETI, I-CAR, & SAE.
Key Talking Points:
- Echo chamber- diluting and filtering information
- Stopping ability to grow to expand, have new perspectives
- Playing on feeling “accepted” with “Likes” and “Shares”
- Time-consuming- be aware
- Dunning-Kruger effect- inability to recognize their lack of ability, then when met with someone with more knowledge instead of that bringing you up it further ingrains you into your belief
- Remember where you came from and encourage others to improve and learn
- “Mob” and “Pack” mentality in groups and forums- power trip and jump down everyone’s throat rather than encourage deep thought and thinking
- Some topics are too deep to dissimilate in a social media setting
- Communicate at a professional level and use the proper words
- Research the people in your groups
- Be aware of your characteristics- don’t fall into the echo chamber, recognize your social interactions online should only be influencing you by a certain margin.
- Professional groups on social mediaGround rules, professional environment
- Pay it forward- a willingness to help, ability to reflect back
- Diag.netOne area to search instead of trying to remember what group you found the information
- You need to determine when people are trying to help you and not look at it as someone just giving their opinion. Wake up to the situation when you are being taught.
- Embrace the different thought processes and understand that nothing is personal unless you make it
- Thanks to Scott Brown & Matt Fanslow for their contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast.
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