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Articles by Al Levi

Who cares about testimonials?

People may not trust you, but they’ll trust your customers.
June 25, 2013

Why the big fuss about getting testimonials? It’s simple. I learned a long time ago that what you tell me about yourself is interesting.  

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Top 8 ways to sabotage your meeting

Running an effective meeting takes planning and determination.
May 29, 2013

Most of us hate meetings. We feel we’re much too busy to take time out of our crazy schedule to stop and meet.

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Writing stuff that gets read – Part 1

Writing in general didn’t come easy to me when I first started.
May 1, 2013

Writing in general didn’t come easy to me when I first started. And I certainly don’t think I’ve mastered it at this point in my life. Honestly, I was a mechanical engineer with a degree who never worked a day in his life as an engineer.

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Taking the surprise out of staffing issues - Part 1

It’s what I’ve called through the years, “The 5 o’clock knock.”
March 25, 2013
Picture this: It’s late in the day. You’ve finally made it back to your office after another crazy day.
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Follow the Treatment

Find a business adviser you trust and then implement his advice.
February 13, 2013
Years ago, my friend, a noted industry specialist in heating and influential columnist in our trade, called me to complain that he had encountered a number of contractors who would call him up to seek his advice because they were in a bind.
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10 Ways to Make Your Next Phone System Great

January 28, 2013
It’s smart to start compiling a MUST HAVE and WANT list for your next phone system as well as locating a new service company to sell it to you, install it and service it going forward. Phones like computers are the lifeblood to a service company.
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Providing rest periods for your brain will give you energy to be more productive

January 15, 2013
When the busy seasons hit, most of us who work on the road are guilty of dashboard dining.

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Money from the Scrap Heap

January 14, 2013
A customer wrote me an email awhile back inquiring about what my family did with the scrap metal from jobsites and he wanted to know what other companies I work with do as well.
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Build a dream, not a Frankenstein

December 1, 2012
Learn to filter information to find out what's best for your business.
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BNP Media’s Plumbing Group, comprised of the Plumbing & Mechanical, Supply House Times, PM Engineer (pme) and Reeves Journal brands, recently visited Grundfos’ new North American headquarters building in the western Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, Ill.


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In the March issue of Plumbing & Mechanical, read about the 'living in place' movement and learn how to make your space stylish and comfortable. PM catches up with MCAA president Chuck Fell and spoke with him about his goals for the year. Also in this issue, see the top products of 2013, see who is the March Truck of the Month, and read the latest Tool Tips.
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