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Watt's Up by Master Electricians

Watt's Up by Master Electricians

By Master Electricians NZ
Master Electricians is the professional trade organisation for electrical contracting businesses in New Zealand. Our membership is made up of over 1000 businesses across New Zealand whom we actively support and advocate for.

Watt’s Up is the official podcast of the Master Electrician bringing you content relevant to the industry and your business.

Each week we will cover a new topic that relates to the monthly theme. Providing tools and resources that will help you grow in business and life.

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Product Knowledge and the Upsell
We chat to Bryce McClure, ME Regional Manager and former wholesaler, about how your product knowledge will impact sales. We’ll also cover what upselling is and how you can incorporate this into your daily business.
September 22, 2021
Digital Sales Impact
Did you know that the quality of your digital presence will impact your sales?  Today more and more people will make their purchasing decisions based on the information they find online.  We chat to Brady Smith from Invicta Enterprises about the importance of reviews, upside-down home pages, and how this impacts your sales.
September 15, 2021
What are Sales?
We chat with Scott Boyd, National Sales Manager for Legrand New Zealand, about what sales are and what they mean to an electrician.  Also, three top tips for converting those quotes/inquiries into actual jobs (or sales!).
September 01, 2021
Special edition: Level 4 tips
In this special edition we chat with Pete Finnegan, Southern Regional Manager, about some of the things you will need to know in order to get your business through the latest Level 4 lockdown in NZ
August 19, 2021
From Electrician to Country Managing Director
We chat to Ewan Morris, Country Managing Director for ABB New Zealand, who started his career as an Electrician on the tools.  We take a look at the path he took to get where he is today and why he thinks the electrical industry is an exciting place to be.
August 11, 2021
People Law
There is a lot of legislation that relates to people in the workplace. Two areas tend to get a lot of focus – wages and leave entitlements.  We chat to Shelley Kopu, Employment Lawyer, about what you are entitled to (as an employee) and what you need to provide (as an employer) for these two areas.
July 29, 2021
People Culture
What is good workplace culture and how do you have one? We have a chat with Dean Lipscombe from Firstflex about why this is such an important part of going to work and why it makes productivity better.
July 14, 2021
Know your Market
There are over 550,000 businesses in NZ – getting your voice heard above all of those can be difficult. We chat to Mark Roberts, Director of Marketing and Strategic Marketing at Rittal ANZ, about how understanding what your marketing strategy will tie into having a successful business.
June 17, 2021
How an active Social Media presence helps
Social Media is an integral part of life these days. In fact 97% of the population of NZ were active mobile social media users (March 2021, Statista). With that kind of statistic it seems logical that a business would be on social media, but how does this help market your business?
June 09, 2021
And an Electrician
There are so many paths to take as an Electrician.  We chat to Tara, a qualified electrician, working on electrical distribution in Auckland about the challenges she is facing and why she loves her job in the electrical industry.
May 28, 2021
To Business Owner
Owning and running your own business can be a formidable task.  Throw in being a parent to two young kids and it can be quite daunting.  Amelia Rae from TKR Electrical does it all with grace and a great eye for detail.  We chat to her about challenging the stereotypes.
May 19, 2021
From Apprentice
Starting out in the electrical industry can be exciting but challenging.  We chat to Brooke Thompson about the challenges of being a woman coming into the industry, how she is overcoming those obstacles, and challenging the stereotypes.
May 06, 2021
A Balancing Act
We all know that getting the balance between work and life right can be a challenge.  We chat to Rob Stockley about how he manages to run an electrical business while still having time for his family and community.
April 15, 2021
The importance of Back Costing
Do you really know how much that job cost you?  Have you ever gone back and priced a job you have done to make sure there is a profit margin?  We chat to Greg Hughes from Righway about what back costing is and why it’s so important.
March 24, 2021
Choosing an Accountant?
We chat to Joe Consedine from Chartered Accountants ANZ about the things you should consider when choosing your accountant and why it’s so important to have a good relationship with them.
March 24, 2021
The Basics
We chat to Greg Hughes from Rightway about what some of those basic accounting terms actually mean. How many of them did you really know about? 
March 03, 2021
Another way to Grow
Growing your business isn’t necessarily as straightforward as employing more people. We chat with Mike Barr from RichmondBarr Electrical about how he grew his business and why he took a different path by joining another group.
February 24, 2021
Learning to Get Ahead
You’ve decided that growth or development is the way your business is heading.  But what now? We chat to Lance Riesterer, GM Training & SME from IMNZ about the different courses you can do to get ahead.
February 17, 2021
From Small to Large
Are you thinking about expanding your business? We chat to Craig Wright from Wright Wire in Christchurch about starting out as a sole trader and expanding to a larger business.  What steps did they take to start the expansion process?
February 10, 2021
Technically that's Interesting
Following on from those common misconceptions we take a look at the interesting challenges an electrician can face.  We talk to John Hutton, ME Technical Manager, about why electricians do things a certain way and why the job is so technical.
January 27, 2021
Myths Busted
Doesn’t an Electrician just pull wires? We chat to two of our Regional Managers, Nigel and Bruce, about some of the myths surrounding what electricians do.  We’ll take a look at some common misconceptions and how varied the job can really be.
January 20, 2021
How do I become an Electrician?
We chat with ETCO Wellington Regional Manager, Mark Webster about what is involved in an electrical apprenticeship.  Find out all the details about what is involved in being paid to learn!
January 06, 2021
Interesting People We Know - Joe, Active Electrical
Watt’s Up isn’t the only podcast for the Electricians in New Zealand. Active Electrical Petone have their own podcast, where they chat to all sorts of interesting people not only in the industry but also from their local area.  We chat with Joe about why they started the podcast and what the plans for next year are.
December 16, 2020
Interesting People We Know - Colin Smith, Master Electricians Chairman
We chat to the new Chair of the Master Electricians Board about why he's passionate about the industry and what the future holds for organisations like Master Electricians.
December 09, 2020
Interesting People We Know - Mike Heron, NHP
During the month of December we are chatting to some of the interesting people we know in the industry. First up is Mike Heron from NHPO.  He is the Head of Country for NHP NZ and has been in the industry for a number of years.  We chat about how he got into the industry and went from being on the tools to Head of Country!
December 03, 2020
Talking to your mates - the hard convos
We chat with Dr Fiona Pienaar, Clinical Advisor for Lifeline, about how to tackle those difficult conversations with your mates when you think something isn't right.  Also, how to look after yourself during those conversations and where to go to for help. If you would like to talk to someone about any issues you are having Lifeline is a free service which can help.  Call 0800543354 to talk or text 'help' to 4357 for a text chat.
November 26, 2020
How an employer can provider support
We chat to Tricia from Ideal Electrical and Simon from EAP Services (Employee Assistance Programme) about how employers can support their people through the tough times.
November 11, 2020
What is Movember?
We chat to Rob from Movember about how the cause started, how it works, and where the money goes. Are you growing your mo this month?  The team at Master Electricians are.
November 04, 2020
The future of Sustainability for the Electrical Industry
We chat with Michael Dudley from TechCollect about the research they are undertaking.  They are looking into ways that e-waste (which will likely include everyday items electricians use) can be reduced through recycling or product stewardship.
October 21, 2020
Why is Sustainability good for business?
Today we chat with James Griffin from the Sustainable Business Network about what sustainability means for us as a country and why it can be very good for business.
October 14, 2020
Tradify - how is this business sustainable?
Today we talk to Michael Steckler, CEO of Tradify.  We cover why they are creating policies around sustainability for the company and the important role it plays in their business – now and in the future.
October 07, 2020
How can an Electrician be sustainable?
Why be green? We chat with another one of our Members,  Monica and Iain McIsaac from Green Van Electrical on the Kapiti Coast, about what sustainability means to them and why they have made it a part of their business.
September 30, 2020
Starting a Business: The Basics
On this week's podcast, we have Bernie McLaughlin, Master Electricians CEO, who had his own Electrical Contracting business and his tips for starting a business. Hear about what Bernie would do differently to last time around, and some of the lessons he learned along the way.
September 16, 2020
Apprentices - A perspective from both sides
What’s it like to be an electrical apprentice? Why does an electrician want an apprentice? We talk to Dan from Seven Electrical, and Sam who is a first-year apprentice, about these questions and more.
September 09, 2020
ETCO: Who and What?
Who are ETCO and what do they do?  Rebecca speaks with Jeremy Sole, CEO of The Electrical Training Company about training apprentices and the support they provide.
September 02, 2020
Business Mentoring: A Mentor Perspective
This week we talk to Ross Beal, Director on the Master Electricians' Board, who is also a Business Advisor with the Skills Business Advisor Programme. We hear what’s it like to be a mentor and why he does it.
August 26, 2020
Business Advisor Programme with Skills
In this week's podcast, we catch up with Garry Fissenden, CEO at Skills. The Business Advisor Programme is designed to help business owners become more confident and build ambition for their business. The programme offers small to medium businesses throughout New Zealand a trade specific business advisor to work alongside them, free, one on one, for a period of up to 6 months (terms and conditions apply).
August 19, 2020
Business Mentoring: A Member Perspective
Last week we heard from Business Mentors NZ about the services they offer - This week we talk to one of our members, Mark Dudfield from Dudfield Electrical in Cambridge, about his experiences with having a business mentor from this service.  His real-life experiences will give you an insight into what it is like to have a Business Mentor. 
August 12, 2020
Business Mentors New Zealand
Hear from Colin Bass from Business Mentors NZ, as he talks about their Small Business Mentoring service.  The service provides up to 12 months of confidential, one-on-one assistance for small business owners, who are trading, want to grow, or need help to solve specific business challenges. The Mentors have experience and empathy for small businesses, offering guidance, a sounding board, challenging their thinking, and providing them with an independent and fresh perspective.
August 06, 2020
Should a Small Business join Master Electricians?
Should a Small Business join Master Electricians?  Join National Operations Manager, Mathew Lawrence, and Sponsor and Event Manager, Rebecca, as they discuss the benefits behind being a Master Electrician's Member, especially for a start-up or small Business wondering if the Membership is worth it.  Health and Safety Policies, Terms of Trade, Know Your Costs Business Calculator, Wage and Salary Surveys, Technical Advice, and use of the Master Electricians Brand- these are just some of the business benefits Mat and Rebecca cover off in this podcast. 
July 29, 2020
Brand and Workmanship Guarantee
Master Electricians Quality Assured members can safeguard the quality of their workmanship and provide extra assurance to consumers with a $20,000 workmanship guarantee. The guarantee is an integral part of the Master Electricians brand – our members are the only electricians in New Zealand who can offer consumers such assurance. Want to know more about the Brand and Workmanship Guarantee? Have a listen! 
July 23, 2020
Member Benefits
This episode is all about some of the benefits of being a Master Electricians Member! From having access to SimPro Job Management Software to n3 and Boost discounts for you and your Employees, to discounted fuel at Mobil. Join Sponsorship and Events Manager, Rebecca Travers, as she chats with each company about the benefits they offer specifically to our Members. 
July 15, 2020
Regional Manager Support
Regional Manager Support is an important service we provide to our members. They provide face-to-face support to our members and uphold our quality assurance.  Join Rebecca as she chats with our RM's about their job and the service they provide.
July 08, 2020
Tech Support
Today we're joined by John Hutton, Master Electricians Technical Services Manager, as he discusses his role in the association and how Tech Support benefits the members.
July 01, 2020
Marketing your Business with NZME
​Join Sponsor and Events Manager, Rebecca, as she talks with Arron Smith and Mark Roughton from NZME about some basic branding and marketing concepts every business should be looking at.
June 24, 2020
Culture as a part of Recovery
Join the team from People Passion, an HR Company in Auckland, talk about why a positive workplace culture is important to Business Recovery. People Passion offer 30 minutes of free HR Advice every month for Master Electricians Members. 
June 17, 2020
Business Resilience
​Today, Master Electricians Event and Sponsor Manager, Rebecca, speaks to Nickie Sheehan of Trio Accounting on ways that business can keep a handle on things in these strange times.
June 10, 2020
The Future of Business in NZ
In this episode, Master Electricians CEO, Bernie McLaughlin, speaks to Paul McKay from Business New Zealand on what things are looking like for SME's around the country, and what the future looks like for business in the trades.
June 01, 2020