Mark Stoner runs a multi million dollar service business, has written the Amazon best selling book Blue Collar Gold "How to Build a Service Business From the Dirt Up and has appeared on CNBC's Blue Collar Millionaires TV Show. This podcast will talk about the secrets to running and building any type of business focusing on service based businesses.
Hot out of our 2 day business symposium, we had one of our favorite guests and my good friend back on the podcast. Chuck Hall is the past president of the Chimney Safety Institute of America and is the CEO of Winston's Services in Washington DC. Chuck is super entertaining to listen to and very insightful on the challenges of running a service business.
This episode is about the stages of business that I recently hear on the Dave Ramsey podcast. These stages are what everyone must got through to achieve the greatness that business can be. They all have their ups and downs and I discuss what its like in each stage.
Don't forget that I still have hundreds of my book, Blue Collar Gold that I am giving away. If you would like 1 or 50 copies, let me know!
As we ring in a new year, we say good bye to the most challenging year in any of our memories. So many challenges and changes...especially in all aspects of leadership. In this final episode of 2020 I discuss some different thoughts on leadership.
We will be having a 2 day business symposium at my shop on January 12-13. All the in person seats are sold out but you can still attend virtually!
Here's the link:
Today i welcomed Chad Murray to the podcast. Chad runs a very large chimney operation out of Dallas Texas as well as a coaching business for leaders and entrepreneurs. Chad has some great insight on business and how to run a larger service company.
Please bear with me as I had some audio difficulties recording this zoom call.
Mr. Waste is a very very well paid employee in every business. It is in everything that you do. It's in wasted movement, wasted materials, wasted data and wasted human assets. In this episode I break down where waste is and what could be done.
What motivates you to take action instead of just dreaming? I talk about the vicious cycle that many people go through with their business dreams.
The cycle includes uniformed optimism, informed pessimism, the Valley of Despair, Informed Optimism, and then Success.
Also, Hotttttttttt Profits with Alan Rush talking about consistency!
Its the week of Thanksgiving and we all have so much to be thankful for. By being outwardly thankful and giving should be part of your entire business model, from your employees to your customers.
Plus Hotttttttt Profits with Alan Rush - He discusses "what the customer really wants"
Thank you to all of the listeners that tune in weekly!
On this episode I discuss several areas of "replacement' that people and businesses need to make to be more successful and even healthy.
Also, I messed up last week and only posted part of my technology talk with Alan Rush so I reposted it this week with the full interview
plus I have a link to another business symposium at my facility on Jan 12-13. This is open to all business owners of any type of business. Below is the link if you are interested.
The final episode in my Success kit series is Persistence. I speak with a good friend of mine and contractor Mike Lunn. We talk about how he has been persistent in his philosophy of business and the importance of staying small. I also tell a great story about the Mexican Fisherman that fits well with this episode.
Criticism is this weeks topic and is one of the most important aspects to becoming better at anything that you strive for! I will discuss all types of criticism and the right and wrong way to be a critic yourself .
This weeks episode is about the importance of patience in business. I personally struggle with some aspects of this trait. I will discuss articles from Forbes and Entrepreneur magazines to talk about this topic!
Have a good week!
This is one of my favorite topics in the entire success kit. The more businesses that I work with and the more things that I become involved with, the more risk shows up everyday for me. I discuss many different ways that you can add risk into you life without risking it all. Taking risk is absolutely necessary if you want a different result than you are currently getting in life!
This weeks episode will cover the need for Discipline in business. Have you ever wondered why some business owners always seem to come up winners? Seems that it has more to do with business disciplines than great ideas.
On this weeks episode, I talk about the importance of optimism in business. This is my favorite subject as it can pertain to rainbows and unicorns! :)
and Hottttttttttttttttt Profits with sales genius Alan Rush!
This weeks guest is weightlifter Genny Tidwell. Genny was born without her left hand and she has become the first adaptive weightlifter in USA Weightlifting! She will talk about her incredible focus and how she overcomes obstacles. She has a quote at the end of the podcast that is an absolute classic!
Also Alan Rush talks about how to Continue the Conversation on our Hottttttt Profits segment!
In this episode, I talk about the prediction that I have for the next year. Get you and your business ready for what's already happening!
Hotttttt Profits with Alan Rush discussing how to present financing options to your customers.
This week I had special guest Michelle Lewis talk to me about what its like working in some great cultures and also working in some not great cultures. She is the current Assistant GM at Virgin Hotels in Nashville and I met her while she was helping to launch the new hotel here. She has some great advice and some funny stories too.
Plus Hotttttttt Topics with sales guru Alan Rush
We are approaching 20,000 listens to the Blue Collar Gold Podcast, so thank you and please review our podcast on Apple podcasts.
This week Ashbusters Chimney Service was named to Inc Magazines 5000 list of fastest growing, privately held, businesses in the US.
It is a real honor to be named to the list but I also wanted to talk about the four enemies that plague business growth.
1. Unnecessary Complexity 2. Unscalable Process 3. Unhealthy Mindset 4. Under Developed Leaders
Plus - Hottttttt Profits with Alan Rush!!!
This week I sit down with veteran business owner and chimney sweep Dennis Dobbs. Dennis tells his story about he got into owning his own business all the way to growing it and eventually selling it. Dennis was also one of the driving factors behind the Certified Master Sweep Credential.
Also, we have the first in a series of 8 segments with Alan Rush called Hotttttt Profits!
Hop you enjoy!
Do you have a mission that drives you? If you do, it can guide all your decisions and goals. I talk about what helps to drive my decisions and actions from a mission that was told to me at a young age.
Have you ever leaned something that seemed so counter intuitive to success until you tried it or saw it work for someone else? Today I discuss a few things that I have found that have definitely helped in success and overall happiness.
Plus a Dumb is Real spot!
In this episode, I talk about the main guiding factor that drives results in your business life....personal accountability. Everyone has some headwind in life and some people have more than others but the headwind can wither make you stronger or give you an excuse not to succeed.
I talk about my thoughts on how to tackle opportunity, fear and a new concept to me called "The 8th Day"
Another super fun week in the day and life of business ownership. This episode covers how I approach and make tough decisions in my business.
We also talk to Mike Barrett about he gets insurance work for his business.
And a Dumb is Real Rant about Lawn Care Service
This week I discuss my Facebook live talk about racism with my black friend Tiffany Largie. I spoke for over 3 hours live on Facebook about an extremely hard conversation especially with the volatility of Facebook. I think it was great, enlightening and needed. I hope you like it and it brings more perspective to the topic.
Mike Barrett talks about how he handles vendors in this weeks Mikey Minutes.
Lets get better every week!
We are being played against each other by the media and by huge forces and its becoming very obvious. I want to talk about just the struggles that I have encountered recently in my own businesses and what I am witnessing.
The way out of this is to stop listening to the media, have real conversations with real people and be truly good to one another...not by some BS statement on social media either.
2020 is sucking hard to start with! In this episode I talk about misconceptions that we all have about each other, about ourselves and about our businesses.
Mike Barrett talks about the advantage of being and doing things differently.
Be good to each other out there!
Corny, I know but hey, I have a shiny new hip this week! 50 plus is hitting hard these days. Recovery has been a little rough but getting better every day. I talk about my late hours coaching call with many hungry entrepreneurs and we have Mikey Minutes where he talks about taking risk.
I also had the chance to be on a really great podcast called Dreams Are Real with my friend Dan McPherson.
I'M SICK OF IT!!!!!! My stress level pegs this week with some Covid situations in my company. I hope you can get something good out of one of the worst weeks for me.
Mike Barrett discusses his "business is a football team" analogy.
Enjoy....because I didn't :)
Author, Professional Speaker, Business Owner, Consultant plus BBQ and Chocolate aficionado joins me today. Tiffany has spoken at huge events all over the world and today we talk about thinking bigger. We are always our own biggest obstacle and she talks about he she thinks and knocks down barrier after barrier to make things happen in her life and many many others.
My long time mentor and friend Larry Winget joins the podcast today. He is a 7 time New York Times best selling author and also in the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame. Larry talks about his thoughts on several topics and also on one of my favorite books of his "You're Broke Because You Want To Be"
We also have the first installment of Mikey Minutes. where roofing expert Mike Barrett give his thoughts on several topics!
This is not going to go away but we are going to have to get back to living and working. Everything will be different and it is sad in so many ways. t's begin to embrace it and drive on! Grit is what we must have in business and life.
I also talk about a fascinating book that I listened to and highly recommend "Can't Hurt Me" by David Goggins. Definitely listen to the book because there is a lot of extra content in the Audible version.
Guest Mike Barrett joins me this week to talk about business. Mike is one of the strongest relationship builders that I know. When Mike gives you a referral, you can take it to the bank so I ask him how he builds such strong relationships so quickly with his clients. Mike will give us some of his thought processes and insights on his philosophy in business.
Chuck Hall is the CEO of Winston's Services in the Washington DC area and has one of the largest chimney service businesses in the US. He has gone from a single service truck sized business to one that services some of the most prestigious buildings there are including the US Capitol. Camp David and many many more. Chuck is a great story teller and leader and he shares a few great ideas on how to run your business.
Hope Stevenson is a co-owner of multiple businesses including construction, fabrication and consulting companies. She will give us the latest on the governments programs, loans and available money for us. She also discusses tactics to save cash right now! I always enjoy talking to Hope and I think you will enjoy listening.
In this episode I talk to long time friend, business confidant and the guy in charge of big parts of my overall marketing strategy. Taylor works with hundreds of service companies and he will share so much of his wisdom on what we need to do in the marketing game.
3 firsts for the podcast! 1. It was recorded all on my phone with out using mics and computer and 2. Darin calling in to be a guest (which opens up a lot of possibilities). 3. Darin is my first two time guest!
In this episode serial entrepreneur Darin Bibeau talks business and his new book. In this book he explores how he went from Coast Guard Special operations into business owner and entrepreneur.
I think you will really enjoy this.
The virus is shutting down the US. I give my thoughts on the current environment and how to come through this stronger than before!
If you want to take advantage of online education for the chimney industry, CSIA and Surefire and cutting the online courses by 50% go to www.surefire.academy if you would like more information.
In this episode I speak to a long time mentor, business partner and industry icon Jim Brewer. Jim has completely transformed his life and our industry after a tragic accident took the life of an employee. If you care about your safety and you employees, this is a must listen to episode. www.rooftopsafetyusa.com
This weeks episode is about a phrase that I was unaware of and is so relevant to how we empathize with others during a conversation. You do it, I do it but being aware of it will make us better leaders and people!
This weeks guest is Kevin Russell Kevin is the founder of Warrior Horse which is a non profit started to help veterans that suffer with PTSD by pairing them with horses. Kevin talks about how an idea became a true calling for him and how his foundation is changing lives.
Please consider donating to this amazing cause.
Our 50th episode with no over 10,000 total listens to the podcast! Thank you! We explore the reality that most peoples dreams are not far from where there are now . We put some numbers behind the dreams to see how they can become reality. We talk about doing your perfect day exercise to attain the life that you want.
Wow, what week! We did the grand opening of Poppy and Peep chocolate! www.poppyandpeep.com
I was also a speaker at the Do the Damn Thing Conference in Los Angeles this week. My friend Tiffany Largie is a powerhouse of a personality and speaker It was an great conference with lots of lessons that I want to share in this podcast!
In this episode I discuss the difficult decision of firing employees. Although this can be the absolutely hardest thing a business owner can do, it is mission critical to do it to promote and build a great company culture. I will discuss some of the situations that I have been in and how I handled them.
CFO Ray Palfe joins me today to discuss the importance of understanding your costs and profitability on every job that you do. They say "if you don't know your numbers. then you really don't know your business" Ray helps to break down how to do that in your company and how to achieve the profit that you deserve.
If you need help with job costing you can contact Ray at 941-661-7184
Today my guest is Alan Rush. He is an industry sales trainer and he is going to talk about how to make the most out of every time you or your technician is in a home. We discuss common mistakes that are made when we are talking about price with the customer and much more. I really enjoyed this episode and look forward to him coming back for more great sales tips.
How do you get your business day started? I feel that my most valuable time of the day is getting the show off the ground. We do this through a daily morning meeting where we have a chance to really communicate and build culture with consistency. In this episode I discuss what we talk about and the importance of each topic.
Also, Join me at the CSIA Business Symposium January 27-28th!
Happy New Year everyone! What's the plan? Do you have one? Unfortunately most people don't plan...don't be like most people. I discuss some of my thoughts about planning and even some of my plans for the new year.
Also, I discuss an upcoming business symposium in Plainfield Indiana on January 27-28 Open to all business owners For more information go to CSIA.org
This episode talks about getting momentum in a business and then maintaining and managing momentum when it wants to overwhelm you.
The chocolate business had its "soft" opening and we talk about the good and bad.
With Christmas upon us, I wanted to reflect on some stories and situations that I hold close to my heart about business and interactions that we have with people. If you are truly grateful for all you have and the people in your life and business...life gets a lot more meaningful!
I hope you enjoy this podcast and thank you for listening!
Today we welcome Chief Operations Officer and hiring guru Kent Wessley to the podcast. Kent has an extensive background at starting and building companies and he will discuss how he thinks about the process. Kent dives into the importance of your unique company story and how to use that to attract the very best people to work in your business.
Kent also talks about mistakes that are commonly made by companies trying to grow through employees.
If you would like to contact Kent about helping your company recruit top talent, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-701-3691
Allison Reynolds is a Certified Public Accountant that also offers fractional Chief Financial Officer services to all types of small business's
In this episode we talk about common mistakes that small business owners make, what are some of the keys to prepare for a possible slow down in the economy and lots of other really great practical advice for your business.
We talk about starting a business with the opportunities that are all around you! They are everywhere and if you are more risk averse, starting with something that is familiar may be the right thing for you.
In this episode, I talk about the fact that every business that I have ever started required 1 or many pivots from the original plan to stay relevant, be successful or to take advantage of a new opportunity. Where do you need to pivot? Also, Dumb is real in the chocolate world!
We talk about Blue Collar Cats and the business leadership lessons that can be gained by understanding the way in which Killer Whales are trained. Dumb is Real looks at dumb parking garages and October is Cancer Awareness month so please support Sweep Away Cancer.
In this episode we talk about all role of the CEO. The 6 tasks that you cannot delegate away and what you are ultimately responsible for in your business. We also have a new Dumb is Real segment and new info on Sweep Away Cancer.
This episode is also available on YouTube
Do you want "A" Players on your team? Of course, we all do but many people cant attract them or retain them very long. In this episode Mark discusses several needs and characteristics of "A" players to help you get more of them on your team! Also, a new rant section of the show "Dumb is Real"
In this episode Mark talks about 9/11. He also shares stories about business owners thinking in a way that actually hurts them and limits their ability to make their business become a vehicle to bring them happiness and prosperity .
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We pay tribute to Terry Dearborn, an icon in the chimney industry and we start mini series on leadership styles. The first style that we discuss is the Unpredictable Leadership style. These types of leaders create hesitant employees. They don't know how the leader will react to issues. They can be super happy or fly off the handle depending on their mood. They also tend to not see projects all the way through so the consistency can also be unpredictable....and as we know "consistency is everything"
John Meredith is our guest this week. He is the founder and CEO of SaverSystems and Mark's closest mentor. John has built one of the strongest brands in the coatings industry and he has done it while remaining a humble yet strong leader. John talks about how he looks for the soft skills in leadership and uses intuition to guide his daily actions in business.
This weeks episode is with entrepreneur Kimble Bosworth. She runs a fantastic promotional marketing business and has a really great outlook on how to run a business. This episode has some really great takeaways!
In this episode Mark interviews serial entrepreneur Darin Bibeau. Darin served in the a special forces and then took that training and focus into the business world. He has started several different types of business's from fabrication, to restaurants to fitness gyms. He has a great philosophy on running his businesses through the guidance of his core values. If you want to know how fast moving entrepreneurs think, you won't want to miss this episode.
On this weeks episode, Mark talks to entrepreneur Jake Loeffler. Jake started off working on Wall Street but found more satisfaction in Blue Collar businesses His latest business is an Amazon based business that has no employees but fierce competition. Jake will tell the listeners how he started the Amazon business from sourcing a product to protecting it from copy cats on Amazon.
The guest this week is Stacy Files She is a mother of 4 and a Certified Chimney Sweep in Charleston South Carolina. Stacy talks about her journey to become a chimney sweep as well as what its like in the day in the life of one of only a very few female chimney sweeps in the US.
Also, come join us in Nashville August 8-9 for the Blue Collar Gold University Summit
Mark talks about the heath effects of over hustling. Also, In today's competitive market place you compete for customers and talented employees. The single best weapon to help beat your competition in both categories is your focus on education. a better educated staff will out perform your competitors and will help you run a smoother operation.
We welcome you to attend The Blue Collar Gold Summit that will be held in Nashville on August 8-9 for more information go to https://markstoner.com/bcgu-summit/
This is a bit of a rant about dumb stuff and especially dumb business policies that hinder the customer experience. Also, real dumb laws that are on the books in certain states Enjoy
Blue Collar University Summit is August 8-9 To fond out more information or to attend go to www.markstoner.com/bcgu-summit/
Mark interviews Chimney Master Andreas Gaetner on the podcast today. He discusses the differences in the trade and their businesses between the United States and Germany. The education of chimney sweeps in Germany is taken much more seriously than in the United States and they discuss the strict requirements of being a chimney sweep in Germany.
We announce our first ever Blue Collar Gold Summit August 8-9 in Nashville TN More details and links to come! Today the podcast has its first ever guest Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Stoner. We talk about hiring vets (www.pwc.com/vets) and how to employe and lead them in your business
Tim also talks about leadership in military and civilian life. We hope you enjoy
Its a myth that there is a "THERE" that you will magically arrive at in life and then everything will be perfect. Don't set yourself up for that let down! Mark also annouces the first ever Blue Collar Gold Summit held in Nashville TN August 8-9!
We start with a public service announcement about the alarming stats concerning Alzheimer's disease. Mark's father is suffering from this disease and some of the lessons he has taken away from it while he watches his father go through the stages.
Have you ever made a wrong decision based on what someone told you? This episode explores how wrong we ll can be about issues and how, as a business owner, you must get all sides of the story before acting on the information. Mark also talks about how inaccurate eye witness testimony has been found to be in the courtroom.
One of the biggest challenges in running a business in this booming economy is hiring people...even getting them to answer an ad or show up for an interview. This episode shows you some tactics that will help you to fill your roster and grow your business!
Do you know people that damage others with their words and actions? Do you have employees that cause problems but they are great at saying "I'm Sorry" ? This episode talks about the way to handle telling people the hard truth sometimes while truly caring about them.
What is transformational leadership? It's how you lead people through transforming them into positive ambassadors for you and your brand. Its how you bring joy and happiness to their lives through the seven core beliefs of a culture of gratitude . People Matter, Truth Wins, Transparency Frees, Authenticity Attracts, Quality Speaks, Generosity Returns and Courage Sustains.
In this episode Mark talks about pay, compensation and score keeping for employees. He references the Profit First and Rich Dad Poor Dad books for some source material. Mark is also giving away free copies of Blue Collar Gold so listen up!!!
Leadership is the main driving force in all business and in this episode Mark talks about the leadership lessons that we can learn from Buffalos and Cows. He also talks about hard lessons and mistakes that he has made as a leader. He asks you to figure out what you are wrong about in your life!
In this episode Mark talks about ideas and tactics to use if you have a spouse that affects you and business. Some spouses are there for support or sometimes the wet blanket on your entrepreneurial dreams. Sometimes they are your business partner and can either be your biggest strength or worst nightmare! This episode was a special request for Mark to talk about his ideas on how to navigate these waters.
In this podcast Mark talks about the weightlessness of "Convention World" and how easy it is to get caught up in motivational speakers and events. Then coming back to the "gravity" of the real world and problems we face every day. Some people love convention world and do very little when they get home. Mark talks about how to push through, stay motivated and make it happen daily for your business!
In this episode Mark discusses his style and thoughts on marketing. He will talk about the simple marketing mistake that most companies miss!
Also covered are his book recommendations on marketing and simple ideas about getting your company found by potential customers.
In this episode Mark talks about the studies and science behind being happy and how it affects your business. The book The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor is one of Marks favorite books and he talks about how it is applied to business.