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Last Show of 2018 On our 158th episode of the BCP Show, we recap our 2018 as well as the three-year history of the podcast as a whole. We also have a special announcement! In an effort to narrow our focus and to shift the podcast to a “quality over quantity” approach, we will be discontinuing our normal weekly schedule. We want to say thank you to …
 
Merry Christmas! “The courage of leadership is giving others the chance to succeed even though you bear the responsibility for getting things done” – Simon Sinek. Today on our special Christmas episode of the Blue Collar Proud Show, we talk about the true meaning of leadership–the most important gift leaders can give their team is teaching them how…
 
Jargon “Have you ever lost a sales opportunity because of the jargon you use?” Today on the BCP Show we talk to Tim Reed about communicating with customers, as well as making sure your team knows how to communicate with customers. Be intentional in your speech, so that simplifying your knowledge base can facilitate any potential sale. This episode …
 
Quick Response to Customers Today on the show we talk to Trevor Flannigan from Home Service Chats about the importance of immediacy when responding to customers. Quick customer engagement is a valuable part of the “speed-to-lead” business strategy. If you can wow your customers at every step, the customer is likely to spend more and spend again. Th…
 
Tech Focused People Skills Today on the BCP Show we talk to Brandi Biswell about training your technicians to develop better people skills. Having your techs learn from day one is a must. If you let your new hires work along side the employees with the best people skills, it can help them adapt to a more personal style suitable for a service busine…
 
Thanksgiving Episode “In our daily lives, we must see that is is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.” Today on the BCP Show we talk about how taking a minute to reflect on life can impact your life and business. Even the not so great moments give us opportunities to learn, and gratefulness can make you a …
 
Make Time to Grow "If there's one thing you need to grow your business, it's intentionality." Today on the show we talk to Tim Reed about the importance of setting aside time for business growth. With only twenty-four hours in a day, you may think you don't have the time to reach the next step for your company. But if you learn to manage what you d…
 
Office Management "In any service business, the office manager is one of the most critical people to get right" Today on the show we talk to Brandi Biswell about the importance of your company's office manager. Having the right person managing your business will be the catalyst for controlled growth and healthy profits. A good manager has to know w…
 
Customer for Life "If you sell something, you make a customer today. If you help someone, you make a customer for life." Today on the show, we talk to Alan Rush about how building relationships with customers can help increase the bottom line for your business. Even if it's not the "big job," growing a base of trusting customers can help offset the…
 
The New Flat Rate Today on the show we talk to father-daughter team, Rodney Koop and Danielle Putnam, of The New Flat Rate. We cover everything from their early days in business and the importance of letting go so you can grow to the different ways family members remember the same story. Plus, you'll hear all about menu pricing systems for contract…
 
The Value of Trying New Things “It’s really hard to recognize failure if you’re so busy recognizing what you’ve achieved.” Today on the show we talk to Trevor Flannigan from Home Service Chats about the importance of learning from your business failures and applying what you learn toward positive business growth. Don’t let the fear of failure keep …
 
Firing Customers "When you're first talking to a customer in the sales process, one of your jobs is to ensure this becomes a good fit for your entire team." Today on the show we talk to Brandi Biswell about firing customers when things go wrong. Learn how discussing your company's core values with a potential customer can help set expectations befo…
 
Tracking and measuring "When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported back, the rate of improvement accelerates." - Pearson's Law. Check out the final installment in our series with Danny Kerr of Breakthrough Academy. Today we're talking about budgeting. Be sure to check out our other episodes on time…
 
Your team determines your traction We hear from almost every company we talk to that hiring is their biggest problem, but no one seems to be dedicating time to recruitment and instead they're just hoping for the best with some Craigslist ads. Before anything else, set aside real time to dedicate to real recruitment. To learn the next steps, check o…
 
Do you have a growth plan? A lot of business owners wing it as they go along and that works up to a point. But a truly successful business doesn't happen by chance, it's the result of an intentional growth plan. Today we talk to Danny Kerr of Breakthrough Academy about the essential skill of time management and how it contributes to a business's su…
 
Using Your Business to Give Back Today on the show Carter and Taylor talk about the importance of using your business to give back. Not only does participating in your community's charitable endeavors make you feel good about what you're doing, but it's a great culture-building opportunity for your team and it can have positive business benefits, t…
 
Saving a Toxic Culture Is your culture driving employees and customers away? Today we talk to Hope Stevenson about how to prevent a culture from getting out of control and salvaging a culture that has turned toxic. Creating and sticking to core values, being open and honest with yourself and your employees, and holding yourself accountable is just …
 
Bracing for the Busy Season Most service businesses have some level of seasonality that owners need to negotiate. Today we’re talking to Chuck Roydhouse of The Roydhouse Effect about how to best prepare for the busy season and be proactive rather than reactive. Listen in to find out the keys to being ready to embrace the flood, manage the workload,…
 
Branding & Promotional Strategies That Actually Work Branding is so much more than just coming up with a catchy company name. Companies have to think bigger than having just a single logo and a handful of business cards. Check out what Kimble Bosworth, our resident brandmom, has to say about branding and promotional strategies that actually work! T…
 
Be smart enough to get out of your own way! Get out of your own way! Past failures, comparison culture, and failure to implement can keep business owners stuck in their ruts. Tune into today’s episode with Jerry Isenhour to find out how to get out of the weeds and get back to what you do best. This episode is brought to you by Closing Commander! Cl…
 
Good leadership isn't just part of business - it's the whole game! If you aren't actively curating your culture, it's left to run wild on its own. Ignoring your leadership duties can ruin your company in the end, just like poor operations or uninformed bookkeeping decisions. Today on the show we talk to Trevor Flannigan about his booming chat servi…
 
How to have culture-building events that don't suck Are you taking the time to bond with your team? Jasper Drengler joins us today to talk about a very unique culture-building experience he had with his team. Not every culture-building opportunity has to be quite so extravagant, though. Carter and Taylor review some low-effort, high-return social e…
 
Communication is Worth More Than You Think Are you communicating thoroughly with your customers? With your employees? With your business partners? Tim Reed joins us in the studio today to talk about the real money value of communication and how it may be unknowingly affecting your bottom line and customer lifetime value. This episode is brought to …
 
The Recipe For Growing Your Business Growing your business takes vision, but it also takes great leadership, great culture, and a great mindset. Are you looking for the secret to growing your business and having the life that you want? Listen up because our guest, Mark Stoner, is sharing the recipe that gave him the good life. This episode is broug…
 
Women in Blue Collar Businesses Are you giving women the same consideration as men when hiring? So many companies discount female technicians in blue collar trade industries, but check out our interview with Brandi Biswell and find out why this half of the population can be a valuable asset to your company, especially in a technical capacity. Drumr…
 
Are you celebrating the small things? We all know to celebrate the big things - big business milestones, new clients, new trucks - but are you encouraging your team to celebrate the small things, too? Each well-done job should be celebrated, all the good hires, and each the this-day-just-went-well. Not only do you get the warm and fuzzies, accordin…
 
Closing Commander Special Episode Welcome to today's special episode featuring Closing Commander, a new system designed to help you close more business with less effort. Follow along (visuals here) to learn how the Rule of Seven Touches can make or break your bottom line. Be sure to stick around until the end to learn how BCP listeners can take adv…
 
Closing the Gaps in Your Sales Training We've covered how important it is to have standardized operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure a smooth and productive system, but are you applying that standard to your sales process, too? Let's hear what Alan has to say about the importance of systemizing your sales process from the initial quote through the …
 
Sales Training Is About So Much More Than Meeting Quotas Is your sales approach about tricking customers into spending as much money as possible with you, or truly helping them? Sales isn't just about meeting quotas, it's about helping your customers solve their problems. If you do what you can to really reach out and help, you'll find more people …
 
Calling All Electricians IDEAL Electrical, titan of the electrician world, is hosting their national competition in Disney World this December. Do you have what it takes to beat the rest and show them who's the best? IDEAL Electrical | Competition details Hosting an event and need speakers? Check out our speaking page! Blue Collar Proud: Ten Princi…
 
From Managers to Leaders What's the difference between management and leadership? Find out the finer points of both management and leadership from our guest this week, Kenny Chapman. There are so many benefits to realizing the key differences between both aspects of being a business owner, and learning in which areas you and others on your team can…
 
Getting Your Techs Field Ready Today on the BCP Show we talk with Chuck Roydhouse. Setting your techs up for success in the field goes beyond technical training - it requires systems and organization. In our opinion, there's no better person to talk to about systems, organization, and what's needed to get techs field ready than the master, Chuck Ro…
 
Is Your Culture Hurting Or Helping? Today on the BCP Show we talk with Hope Stevenson. Culture is one of the most defining aspects of your business, but many business owners either overlook it or carelessly cultivate it. So what are the real benefits of intentionally creating and safeguarding your culture and how do you hire the right people for th…
 
What's In Your Library? Today on the BCP Show we talk with Kenny Chapman. One of the many things we have in common with Kenny, a regular on the BCP Show, is that we believe readers are leaders. There's so much you can glean from the aha! moments, mistakes, and lessons of other business owners, but if you don't make time to read (or listen, thanks t…
 
Financial Basics: Part 2 Today on the BCP Show we talk with Ellen Rohr. Ellen's back for Financial Basics: Part 2 and this week she's talking about cashflow, debt, tax season, how and why you should involve your front line people in the financial side of things, and more. If you haven't listened to last week's episode, be sure to check it out. Elle…
 
Financial Basics: Part 1 Today on the BCP Show we talk with Ellen Rohr. Ellen is always a lot of fun, and today's no different. In this episode, she's going to be talking about the numbers you need to know and understand if you want to win at the game of business. So listen up as Ellen talks financial basics, and shows us that numbers don't have to…
 
What Marketing Is & Isn't Today on the BCP Show we talk with Tom Smodic. Tom is the Operations Manager at Spark Marketer, our marketing agency for service contractors, and today he’s here to talk about what marketing is and isn’t, and what it can and can’t do for your business. Tom Smodic | 110 Want to keep up with us as we travel? Download the FRE…
 
Allocating & Tracking Marketing Dollars Today on the BCP Show we talk with Tim Reed. The options for marketing your business are virtually limitless today, but throwing dollars into different marketing avenues without evaluating and tracking results is a great way to waste money. If your marketing strategy is to "spray & pray," listen up because Ti…
 
Why Your Credit Score Matters Today on the BCP Show we talk with Patty Lawrence. As business owners, our relationships with credit can greatly impact our options and the financial health of our businesses. But what's the healthiest way to think of credit and how much does credit really matter? Who better to give us the rundown than CFO and co-found…
 
Customer Service Today on the BCP Show we talk with Mark Stoner. Customer service is EVERYTHING in business. But what can you do to ensure that your company is consistently delivering the high level of customer service your customers expect and deserve, even in the busy season? Our good friend Mark Stoner has some great ideas. Mark Stoner|001|026 A…
 
Making The Most Of The Slow Season This week on the BCP Show we talk with Chuck Roydhouse. Everyone gets worried when business slows down, and it can be a particularly challenging and worrying situation for seasonal businesses. But there are some things you can do to prepare for your seasonal slow down and make use of that time, so you aren't strug…
 
Employee Retention Today on the BCP Show, we talk with Tim Reed. It's no secret that finding quality people who want to do blue collar work can be a challenge, but that's why retaining the quality people you DO bring on is more important than ever. Do you invest in hiring and training, only to have your best employees leave shortly after? Then list…
 
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