Education and Training Deep Dive

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Terry and Aaron will be drilling down into education and training. Starting with education to start or expand your business, we’ll move into training your staff, and then on to personal growth and education for yourself.

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Other Items

  • Lincoln Hunter Hodge – Terry’s New Grandson
  • SkillsUSA Wrap-up
  • Aaron’s New Gig

Education and Training

  • Entering the industry or expanding
    • All of us are going to be strong in some areas of running a business, and weak in others
    • 1st, get training in the technical end AND the business end
      • Be aware of where you have limited skills
    • The fact that it is fairly inexpensive to start a decorated apparel/product business feeds into the fallacy that you just need to hang out your shingle and you’re a real business
    • Misinformation in the industry (Sublimation Example from SkillsUSA)
    • Easier the process appears it seems the less new participants feel they need to learn
    • Broaden your horizons and gather info from a variety of sources
    • Planning, planning, planning… or crisis management
    • Don’t let starting a business scare you… like Aaron says, you stay awake thinking about the opportunities

    Staff training

    • New employee training
    • Ongoing training – 52/15
    • Cross-training your staff

    Personal continuing education/growth

    • The day you think you now “know it all” is the day your business begins to wither and die
      • Quote from Erich – The day you believe that you are a master or guru who has nothing to learn, you should quit. There’s always something to learn.
    • Unusually in this industry we see people reach some level of expertise and then stagnate
      • 10,000 Hours
    • Trade shows, seminars, publications – both print and online, interaction with peers

Chat Log:

ErichCampbell: Congratulations on your new venture, Aaron! 🙂
2 Regular Guys Talking Decoration: Morning everyone!!
ErichCampbell: Education and training- so much more important than people think; I count experimentation in that category as well. 🙂
ErichCampbell: They day you believe that you are a master or guru who has nothing to learn, you should quit. There’s always something to learn.
ErichCampbell: There is a real hobbyist to professional pathway, but if people get stuck in the hobbyist/collector track, it’s really hard for them to break free. Good point on that bit, Terry.
ErichCampbell: Being more well-rounded never hurts. 🙂
2 Regular Guys Talking Decoration says (11:34:44):
Thanks for all the stuff here Erich. Keep it coming. I’ll get it in the show notes.
ErichCampbell: Right on! I had to jump out to fix something in production, but I’m back. I’ll have to catch the podcast for a refresher. 😉
ErichCampbell: Regrouping is a great thing to stop and do at the half. Doing the Tune-Up, I learned a lot about the prep it takes to do a check/revamp. 🙂
ErichCampbell: Can’t wait to hear more of your insights as you grow in your new work, Aaron!
ErichCampbell: Word, Terry. There is so much ‘no training’ training that people do. If you need to make your own training documents, do it.
ErichCampbell: Clear expectations and clear steps to get them there.
ErichCampbell: Business development gets ignored when the ‘captains’ are stuck doing labor.

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