How to Avoid Overwhelm in PDR - PM75

avoid overwhelm in PDR -episode 75

I have this strange fear of cave diving. Those scuba tank and flipper wearing adventurers have my admiration. Yet, just thinking about them doing it can send me into a sitting panic.
Irrational? Yes, I know its true. But the feeling is overwhelming.
Therein lies the topic of today's podcast. Avoiding overwhelm is an inside job, meaning our conscious thought.
Can you train your way out of overwhelm? We think so and I’ll bet the scuba cave diving school could teach me a thing or two. Maybe even calm me down.
Listen for some helpful tidbits to train your way out of overwhelm in these key areas:

  • Hail
  • Dings
  • When you’re busy
  • Even when you’re slow
  • pomodoro method
  • how do you switch modes when a customer walks in
  • how to conquer an overwhelming task

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Are You Leaving Hail Money on the Table? PM74

leaving money on table with low hail estimates ep 74

What really happens when you bid a hail job for a body shop and say, “I’ll do it for X”? Is it possible to sell your future on just one job? A hail season’s worth?
I once felt that, hey, I’m just one guy. How I price doesn’t matter, right? Except it does.
You and I and every PDR tech good enough to work for body shops are now part of a big machine. Like it or not we drive the paintless division of the collision industry.
Think about it. For years it was body, frame, paint and mechanical. Now throw in paintless.
Listen and see how and why you price for hail and dents at collision shops makes a big impact.

  • You say charge like a pro, aren’t you just being greedy?
  • Why dropping your price is the greediest tactic of all
  • Some of the most important real estate in your business (all have it many never use it)
  • Get a good photo of flayed out car for estimating without stealing it

Links mentioned in this episode:
Overhead view of car for esimates for business cards
Appsumo for deals on stock photos

The Value of One PDR Customer - PM73

Value of one customer episode 73

Please a customer and they will tell 10 others. Its a tired old axiom, but it only scratches the surface of what’s really going on in your paintless business.
Is it possible that one client could become a “super” customer?
This is the person who loves you and your PDR service so much, they tell everyone about you. They repeat the story over and over to any who will listen.
They will not forget you.

  • How do you recognize this kind of client?
  • What should you do when you find one?
  • What can you do to create an experience so great they can’t help but talk about you?
  • How to fix your customer’s dented ego
links mentioned in this episode:

PDR Review Getting System
Are You Choosing the Right Customer?
How to make a Customer feel indebted to you
Edge Jack hem tool

Moving Day - PM 72

paintless mentor podcast ep 72

All the excitement of getting a new shop or house is too often snuffed out by the labor of packing and moving.
We've been throwing stuff in corners and cubbies, never to touch it again for years. Now its all in our face. Take the nostalgia walk with us and discover why some of our current setup won’t be going with us.
Also in this episode:

  • Elimadent Glue gun review
  • Shocking, but even your best customer is going to other shops, here’s what you need to do now
  • Is it really possible to have too many lights?
Links mentioned in this episode:
Put Your PDR Business at the Top of the Mountain

Be and Act Like the PDR Expert You Are - PM71

Act like the paintless expert you are episode 71

Hail Season puts a paintless tech and business owner in a unique position.
You are viewed as the authority on price, fixability, repair options, etc.
But some PDR business owners are shy and reserved about stepping into the expert role. We cover 2 key areas where your expertise is needed:

  1. Insurance supplements
  2. Getting paid
You’ll also hear:
  • how we finally solved a problem with our bank and accepting two party checks.
  • How the changes in banking are affecting service
  • How to behave when filing and negotiating a supplement

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Direction to Pay sheets for hail PDR

Hail Money Coming - be Ready

How Not to Be Intimidated in PDR

Should You Sell Your PDR Business? PM70

paintless mentor podcast 70 sell pdr business?

Ever wonder what your PDR business might be worth? Would you sell it?
Never kill the goose that lays golden eggs, they say. Yet, you still may be ready.
What are some factors to consider?

  • Who will buy it?
  • Will they run it well?
  • Do they have more resources than you? Time?
  • How long will you stay on during transiition?
Also in this episode:

Links mentioned in this episode:
David Bowie Sold future earnings
VW loses right to "Rolls Royce" name
Barbara Corcoran How I Built This

Is It Time for a Bigger Shop? PM69

bigger shop for pdr episode 69

Overhead. The largest expense you have.
Some techs say, I don’t want to be tied to a shop. Some would never be without one.
Others think its too expensive and opt for a $700 truck payment instead. Here is our take on expansion and what’s coming up in our PDR business.

  • Should I even have a shop at all?
  • How you know when its time to expand
  • Your customers perception - we discovered ours in the strangest way
  • The shops we’ve had through the years and why

Make Your PDR Website Even Better - PM68

split test your site for better sales episode 68

I really like the picture on our paintless repair website. But what does it say to customers? Does it convey the message which will get them to call and give us money?
How would you even know?
This episode tells you exactly how to know which picture, headline or element is the best for maximizing your web results.
We’ll show you some ways to do it free and tell you the things we are testing very soon.

  • Where to split test for free
  • How to set it up
  • Why its important
  • Tips on images for your PDR site

Derek has some reviews on tools as well:

Links mentioned in this episode:

crazy egg article on testing with analytics
google analytics
"Everybody Lies" by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
imageoptim app image cruncher