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Asking the Customer to Buy

Technicians are skilled experts and, as such, have to make recommendations to customers about what needs to be done to take care of issues. But that’s not where it stops. As an expert, the technician also has to help the customer figure out how to get it done. This means they have to recommend a solution and then ask the customer to do it. Many times, we see the tech asking the customer to buy too soon, too vaguely, or not at all. Some techs assume the customer knows what to......

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Only Go Forward

Here it is, May of 2020. We are still in the middle of Pandemicville. Covid-19 has turned the world up-side-down…turned lives upside-down, and it is not over yet. So, Only Go Forward. We will get through it! There is no other choice. It cannot be wished away, a head in the sand approach accomplishes nothing, and getting angry at all the inconveniences is a waste of human energy. Think of something funny….laugh a little bit…laugh a whole lot. Only Go Forward. I was at a local grocery store. I witnessed a......

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IAQ Best Practice Success Story

As the COVID-19 inquiries from contractors come in, I am struck by the variety of ways that contractors position themselves as far as IAQ challenges and solutions during the outbreak. And they go from one extreme to another:

  • With all this media attention, MAYBE I should get into IAQ…
  • I’m going to exploit this opportunity to MY advantage… (yes sadly a few)
  • This subject is too sensitive, so I’m going to stop marketing IAQ until it is over…
  • How can I best service my clients with the......

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The Positive Lessons of a Bad Haircut

This Easter Sunday, I made a critical mistake. I gave myself a very bad haircut. In fact, I now have no hair at all. I’ve joined the Bald and Beautiful Club. But, let me rewind a bit. Since COVID-19 has shut down my barbershop, I’ve been cutting my hair with clippers. I’ve done it twice before and it’s been fine. I’ve used a moderate guard and slowly increased the guard size as I went up the side of my head. This technique worked fine. On Sunday, I decided to go shorter.......

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The Best Banana Bread Recipe

As I sat down to write this, I didn’t want to write another article about COVID19. As much as I appreciate people offering suggestions and tips to get through this, and I do read and listen to most of them, everyone is different and deals with stressful situations differently. For a lot of you, your work schedule hasn’t changed.  With many areas in the home services industries being deemed Essential Businesses, you are still taking calls, booking appointments, and providing services to your customers. You have changed how you are doing......

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Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do!

In 2008, I lived in Southern California working for a tech company; we were a ‘start-up’ who had just gone public, and our product served photos and videos on the web before the Facebook and social media craze had fully begun. Looking back, I often wonder, “How in the world did we make it? How did we survive the 2008 crash?” But in hindsight, since we had only just started in 2005, we still had the start-up mentality in our blood; we still had the agile make-it-happen-or-die tenacity. It was during......

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Can UVC kill the Novel Coronavirus?

As I was in the middle of writing my article for this edition, I kept getting interrupted by phone calls, emails, and texts about our take on the Novel Coronavirus and using it as a marketing angle for the use of UVC to kill it. We have received hundreds of inquiries on the subject, and they keep coming in daily.  I decided to shift gears and save what I was working on for my next article and to address the Novel Coronavirus since it has been the main topic of conversation......

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How to Limit the Coronavirus’ Negative Impact on your Business

News about the Coronavirus has spread far faster than the disease. More than 1.29 billion online articles have been written about Coronavirus (Covid-19). Considering that the first major outbreak occurred in December of 2019, it’s amazing how quickly it has taken over the public mindset. I think a big reason why the news of the Coronavirus spread so quickly has to do with timing. The coronavirus came on the scene as the trade war with China was heating up. They were already in the thoughts of the public when the news......

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Back to the Basics

Recently on LinkedIn, a political post and the 13,000+ comments that responded to it showed up on my home page. As I started scrolling through them because as much as I know I shouldn’t go down this rabbit hole, I really couldn’t resist. The reality of how we talk to each other was mind-boggling. I started getting angry at people I didn’t even know because of their rude comments.  I realized we need to go back to the basics. What we were taught when we were younger is (still) important. We......

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