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HVAC Residential Service – Source of All Energy

As an owner or service manager of a residential HVAC service company, your energy is a finite resource and you need to manage it. If your team is always coming to you for solutions, you may be the source of all energy for your company. This is a draining place to reside.


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HVAC Residential Outbound Calling: Everybody’s Doing It

In the world of HVAC residential service, everybody’s doing outbound calling, but not many are doing it well. What do I mean by not everyone is outbound calling well? It’s simple; your people hate making the outbound calls, and your customers can hear it in their voices.


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HVAC Residential Service – Busy vs. Productive

As an HVAC manager, you are responsible for yourself as well as others. It’s common to feel strained by the daily demands of your position. Here are a few strategies to ensure you are busy being productive and not just busy.


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HVAC Residential Service: What’s the Rush?

Your air conditioning business might be slowing down right now, so what are you doing to prepare for the next rush? I suggest you take some time to work with your team to train and help them improve their skills before heating season hits.


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Checking Blind Spots

One of the benefits from having real connections between your team is the exchange of constructive feedback. When a teammate is acting out of synch with what is best for the team, a good teammate will be comfortable to call out the behavior — not to turn a blind eye to it.


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HVAC Employee Performance: What Everyone Just Knows

I speak with many HVAC contractors who are frustrated with the way things run in their businesses. When we get to the topic of employee performance, and I ask, “How do employees know what is expected of them in this specific situation?”, I get an answer that just drives me crazy: “They just know.”


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Get Connected

We commonly ask our employees to connect with the customer, from the phone call to the visit at their home. “Get to know them, and ask questions. Connect with them,” is the creed. But before we ask employees to connect with customers, we should ask “How well connected are we with each other?”


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Get a Month Ahead

A plague in the customer service aspect of most service businesses is that they are in a constant state of reacting to things that are already happening. We naturally gravitate toward putting out the fire that just popped up in front of us, which wouldn’t be a bad thing if we weren’t repeating this behavior month after month.


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The Role You Play

In professional business training there is a concept that is important to consider: You are responsible for all of your outcomes for everything you do in life. This concept applies to everyone in a training situation — you the trainer, you the coach, and of course you the participant. 


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The Perfect Script for Incoming Calls

I am constantly asked for the perfect call center script that contractors can modify to make their own, but the fact these contractors know they’ll want to change it indicates they already know canned scripts won’t work for their business. The best script is the one your call center team creates in their own voice.


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