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Marketing Your Restoration Firm to Plumbers

28 Jan
January 28, 2015

Episode 16

Featured Guest: Ivan Turner – Show Me Marketing Solutions (Jefferson City, MO)

Episode Sponsor: Esporta Wash Systems

Summary: To pay referral fees or not to pay referral fees? That is the question. We all know that plumbers are a key target to market your restoration firm to. How you do this is another story. There are many philosophies and approaches to doing this successfully. Ivan Turner of Show Me Marketing Solutions shares his thoughts on how to build mutually beneficial relationships with plumbers.

The Restoration Nation Challenge: Are you currently marketing to plumbers? If you are paying referral fees, do you think Ivan’s approach could better serve your firm?

Motivational Quote: “Man’s mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Business Resources:

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Built to Last by Jim Collins

Good to Great by Jim Collins

Guest Contact Info:

Company website

Ivan’s LinkedIn Profile

Kim’s 10 Life Lessons Courtesy of Barry Costa

01 Jan
January 1, 2015

Kimberly Joy Costa

(July 17, 1981 – July 24, 2000)

“Ten Life Lessons”

 

Life Lessons number 10 is “Deal with life one day at a time.” Sometimes when life gets crazy we feel like we’ll never sort everything out. But if we just deal with everything one day and instance at a time, life just has a way of working through things. It also makes life’s circumstances a little less overwhelming.

 

Life Lesson number 9 is more a word of advice. “Turn every life experience into a learning experience.” The best way I have found to cope with hard times more easily is to become knowledgeable about what is going on and try to find a meaning to everything that happens. Trust me, there is always one there.

 

Life Lesson number 8 is “Always look for the positive.” No matter how bad life can get, there is always a positive to be found. If you focus on the positive aspects of life, the hard times are easier to get through. The power of positive thinking is amazing, and it works.

 

Life Lesson number 7 is another piece of advice. “Try to do at least one new thing everyday.” Much to often, people get into a routine of doing the same thing everyday and their lives become boring. The new thing doesn’t have to be big. It can be something really small like taking a different route to work, or trying a new kind of food. Make a wish list for yourself of new stuff you want to try. Some things can be small and others, big.     Plan on completing one of those things each day and by the end of everyday your life will be that much more full.

 

Life Lesson number 6 is “Be true to yourself.” No matter what happens in your life if you are true to yourself and confident about who you are, you can overcome anything. Always stick to who you are and don’t worry if people are going to accept you or not. If you are confident with yourself, it will show and the people who really matter will accept you for who you are, not for who you are not.

 

Life Lesson number 5 is “Touch as many lives as you can.” Every time you meet someone new, you leave a little bit of yourself with them. They are affected by you. The more people you meet, the more complete both their and your lives are because of how you have been affected by each other. Think of the possibilities.

 

Life Lesson number 4 is “Enjoy the little things.” Although the big accomplishments in life are important, sometimes it’s the little things in life that are more enjoyable. The conversations with your best friend in the middle of the night, or a quiet moment somewhere peaceful where you were just able to think, can add up to be much more important and memorable than any big thing.

 

Life Lesson number 3 is “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Many times in life, people begin getting concerned with petty things. What people forget is that in the long run, it doesn’t matter what “he said” or what “she did.” It’s not worth your time to get worked up about anything small or petty.

 

Life Lesson number 2 is “Hold on to your friends.” No matter what happens in your life, good or bad, your friends will be there for you.     Whether it is a pat on the back or a shoulder to cry on that you need, your friends are there for you always.

 

And the number 1 Life Lesson is “Make everyday count.” Life is short and we never know how long we are going to have.     We must live life to the fullest EVERYDAY. Everything we do should have a greater purpose. We should never throw any opportunities away.

 

Our lives will continue to be impacted by our friendships, generosity, compassion and spirit. As each of us works each day to be the person we want to be, remember my favorite quote from the Broadway play “Rent” – “No Day But Today.”

 

Please join The Restoration Nation in this fight!     Together as a team we WILL make a difference!

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What is my Cleaning and Restoration Company Worth?

17 Dec
December 17, 2014

Episode 10

Featured Guest: Fred Geyen – Geyen Group (Minneapolis, MN)

Summary: We push off the topic more often than we would ever admit. It is the issue of company valuation and preparing to sell. Fred Geyen of Geyen Group explains the importance of why you need to know the value of your cleaning and restoration company (even if you have no plans to sell). Fred offers some common sense suggestions on how to approach the topic and why it should be a priority for your business.

The Restoration Nation Challenge: Do you know what your company is worth? Have you evaluated your company from the prospective of an outside buyer? What are your strengths and what are your weaknesses to that prospective buyer?

Motivational Quote: “You either make dust or eat dust.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Business Resources:

Book: Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You by John Warrillow

Website: www.bizbuysell.com

Guest Contact Info:

Email: fred@geyengroup.com

www.geyengroup.com

Fred’s LinkedIn Profile

A Personal Touch For Your Sales and Marketing Effort

19 Nov
November 19, 2014

Episode 6

Featured Guest: Victoria Ronan- Marketing Director with Clothes Call (Crofton, MD)

Summary: Listen to Victoria as she guides us through the “life of a salesperson” in the cleaning and restoration industry. Her philosophy focuses on building relationships that last. A key to her success is creativity, consistency, and most importantly- adding a personal touch. Victoria shares some of her best practices to sales and marketing that she has learned through working with previous employer Servpro and current employer Clothes Call (textile restoration).

The Restoration Nation Challenge: Does your sales effort do anything out-of-the-box? When was the last time you tried something new when it comes to sales and marketing? How are you going above-and-beyond the competition?

Motivational Quote: Life does not need to be perfect to be wonderful

Favorite Business Book: How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Guest Contact Info: www.clothescall.us.com

One Industry Trend That You Need To Keep Up With

12 Nov
November 12, 2014

Episode 5

Featured Guest: Jeff Cross, Executive Editor – Cleanfax (Columbus, OH)

Summary: Listen to Jeff Cross as he discusses industry trends and common challenges amongst cleaning and restoration contractors. He is an industry veteran and a wealth of knowledge. Here he shares from his deep industry experience. Jeff is the Executive Editor for Cleanfax Magazine and the leader of Totally Booked University.

The Restoration Nation Challenge: How are you getting your industry-specific educational content? Are you being purposeful about learning something new every day?

Favorite Business Book: The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

Guest Contact Info: www.totallybookeduniversity.com and www.cleanfax.com

Introduction to The Restoration Nation Podcast

31 Oct
October 31, 2014

Episode 1
Featured Guest: Joshua Solloway- Host
Summary: This is the who, what, where, when, why, and how of The Restoration Nation podcast show. It is a brief introduction of the host along with the show.
The Restoration Nation Challenge: Take a snap shot of your day. Are you working “in” your business or “on” your business? Take the time to learn something new so you can apply it today!
Motivational Quote: “Good, better, best. Never let it rest, until your good is better and your better is best.”
Favorite Business Books:
The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Garry Keller
7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Guest Contact Info: josh@therestorationnation.com

The Restoration Nation Launches

27 Oct
October 27, 2014

Welcome to The Restoration Nation Podcast! It is a resource designed to benefit entrepreneurs and leaders in the cleaning and restoration industry. We are about education, collaboration, and motivation.

The Restoration Nation’s goal is to…
• Educate – Entrepreneurs and leaders never stop learning. We will bring valuable, applicable content to our audience.
• Collaborate –No one can achieve their full potential alone. We will connect with industry experts to communicate “best practices.”
• Motivate – Even entrepreneurs need a morale boost from time to time. We will present inspirational stories from industry peers to help fuel your passion.

If you have an idea for a future episode or would like to be a guest, contact us. We’d love to hear from you.

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