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Why Not a Woman?

Posted by Vicki LaPlant on Oct 26, 2018 8:58:32 AM

Having been in this industry for over 30 years, I have seen many amazing changes. There have been technological improvements in equipment – furnaces and air conditioners that will tell a technician the last 20 faults that occurred. Technological improvements have enhanced interactions with the customers – instant billing of customers from a hand-held tablet, programs that allow a customer to schedule a service call on-line. Improvements in business processes – recognition of the value of maintenance agreements for the customer and the business, the importance of maximizing the return from labor through pricing methodology and pay for performance systems.

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Topics: Building a Business, Plumbing, hvac, Marketing, business culture, learning, knowledge, Management, team building, Leadership, Business Growth, Business Leadership, creative marketing, Branding, Customer Service

How to Make Facebook Work for You!

Posted by Chris Hunter on Oct 19, 2018 10:11:35 AM

 

Try Facebook with your business they say, it’ll work great! So you try it and it stinks. You post and get three likes. One was you, your mom, and someone who accidentally hit the like button while scrolling.    

What are you doing wrong? Why can some have great results and you try it and nothing happens? Facebook has an algorithm that can make or break your page. I put together some best practice tips based on information from Facebook for my team recently and decided to share with you!

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Topics: Building a Business, Plumbing, hvac, Marketing, business culture, learning, knowledge, Management, team building, Leadership, Business Growth, Business Leadership, creative marketing, Branding, Customer Service

Technician Fitness and the Training Diet

Posted by Steve Mores on Oct 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

Recently, I was reading an article about health and fitness as it relates to the misconception of dieting. My recent speech at Service World revolved around this same subject, and I thought I would share this information with you here as I believe there is a great correlation between our physical fitness and the technician’s training diet. 

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Topics: Building a Business, Plumbing, hvac, Marketing, business culture, learning, knowledge, Management, team building, Leadership, Business Growth, Business Leadership, creative marketing, Branding, Customer Service

How to Create an Effective Annual Training Plan

Posted by Todd Liles on Oct 3, 2018 12:13:57 PM

 

"Can you lead a session on how to create an effective training plan?" asked Angie Snow. She is the co-owner of Western Heating and Air. She is also a great trainer in her own right and a leader of Service Nation Alliance’s AB group for women in HVAC/R, so I was honored to receive the request. This article follows the essential notes from the training session completed, with a few stories for context and emphasis. Many ask, “What if I train my technicians/plumbers and they leave?” Or “What if you don’t train them and they stay on board?”

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Topics: Building a Business, Plumbing, hvac, Marketing, business culture, learning, knowledge, Management, team building, Leadership, Business Growth, Business Leadership, creative marketing, Branding, Customer Service

Three Time-Saving Technologies That Put Talent to Work

Posted by Lynn Wise on Sep 28, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Just as ATMs free bank tellers from handling many routine tasks and allow them to focus on customers’ more complex needs, automation and artificial intelligence in accounting and bookkeeping can redefine skilled workers’ jobs and save your business time and money.

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Topics: Building a Business, Plumbing, hvac, Marketing, business culture, learning, knowledge, Management, team building, Leadership, Business Growth, Business Leadership, creative marketing, Branding, Customer Service

Nine Guaranteed Takeaways from the Service World Expo

Posted by Matt Michel on Sep 17, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Are you vacillating about Service World? Do you wonder if it’s worth it? Do you think you cannot afford the cost or time away from the shop? Here are nine takeaways you will benefit from if you attend Service World.

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Topics: Building a Business, Plumbing, hvac, Marketing, business culture, learning, knowledge, Management, team building, Leadership, Business Growth, Business Leadership, creative marketing, Branding, Customer Service

R-E-S-P-E-C-T Asset Protection

Posted by John LaPlant on Sep 14, 2018 7:00:00 AM

A few weeks ago, we lost two great people. John McCain, the consummate gentleman and statesman and a man who was respected by his constituents and peers, and Aretha Franklin, the amazing talent with a special voice that had passion, range, and register. She also made the song “Respect” an iconic hit.

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Topics: Building a Business, Plumbing, hvac, Marketing, business culture, learning, knowledge, Management, team building, Leadership, Business Growth, Business Leadership, creative marketing, Branding, Customer Service

The Business of Professional Development

Posted by Dave Rothacker on Sep 7, 2018 7:00:00 AM

“Fred has 25 years of experience. I bet he’s pretty good!” This is a fair assumption until you hear from Bill, one of Fred’s previous service managers who replied that Fred has one year of experience repeated 24 times.

What about your doctor? Let’s say he attended college for nine years. Then for the next 20 years, he practiced medicine without additional education. Are you still comfortable with his expertise?

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Topics: Building a Business, Plumbing, hvac, Marketing, business culture, learning, knowledge, Management, team building, Leadership, Business Growth, Business Leadership, creative marketing, Branding, Customer Service

It's Your Busy Season - Train Anyway!

Posted by Steve Mores on Aug 31, 2018 7:00:00 AM

I’d like to jump outside of our industry for a moment to mention a few unrelated fields with a common component: Training.

My soon to be daughter-in-law works in the insurance industry, and as you can imagine with the constant changes going on in the insurance world, they have continuing education training all year to keep them up-to-date on current trends and changes. Even during their busy open enrollment season, training continues.

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Topics: Building a Business, Plumbing, hvac, Marketing, business culture, learning, knowledge, Management, team building, Leadership, Business Growth, Business Leadership, creative marketing, Branding, Customer Service

The Train Them or Replace Them Decision Grid

Posted by Todd Liles on Aug 17, 2018 9:00:00 AM

“Should I put money into this person, or should I just replace them?” This question comes up weekly inside of our consulting company. Clients and readers send in their emails, texts, and social messages pleading for an answer. This topic is causing a lot of frustration and anxiety for business owners today.

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Topics: Building a Business, Plumbing, hvac, Marketing, business culture, learning, knowledge, Management, team building, Leadership, Business Growth, Business Leadership, creative marketing, Branding, Customer Service

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