Articles by Kenny Chapman

What’s your evaluation process for your business?

Effective evaluation and efficient action are tied directly to the success of your business.

Have you noticed that it seems as though certain companies tend to thrive regardless of market conditions or specific challenges they may be facing? I’ve been studying human performance (specifically peak performance) for years in individuals and organizations.


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How will you leave your mark in this people business?

You don’t have to be a celebrity to change lives.

 We’ve all seen the headlines about great CEOs, celebrities, sports icons and various recognizable people regarding the lasting impacts they’ve had on our society. There’s no doubt that Michael Jordan will long be remembered for how much he helped shape a new style of professional basketball which incorporated some smaller and faster players.  


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Make time to relax at the office as well as at home

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.

“It’s 5 o’clock somewhere” is a phrase and song title we’ve all heard, which especially resonates with Jimmy Buffet followers everywhere.  


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Be the expert at every level

People pay for expert advice and solutions.

 This month, let’s get some clarity for you and your team regarding a topic that can greatly impact your sales, customer service and profitability: being an expert.  


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Give customers what they want

Or your competitors will.

 In the Chapman household, we do our best to eat a healthy, sensible diet the majority of the time. One of the ways we accomplish this is by scrutinizing the ingredient labels on all the food we purchase (thanks to my wife, Christy). As I’ve come to learn, one ingredient we do our best to avoid is high-fructose corn syrup.


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Stay relevant and progressive

Lessons from a beloved, failed restaurant.

 One of my all-time favorite sushi bars was called Tuna Town, located in Huntington Beach, Calif. We all have favorite places for various reasons and Tuna Town certainly had sentimental value for me, as well as fresh fish, awesome décor and good music (usually playing just slightly too loud).


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How communication turns into profit for technicians

Communicating effectively with your staff influences your company’s degree of success.

 Recently I released one of my online technician training videos about how technicians can actually turn good communication skills into sales and profit for the company. Communication is a topic that gets talked about in a broad scope in our industry, but is seldom broken down into how critically important effective communication is to our overall success. 


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Technician Appreciation

The majority of your techs are open to change and want to improve their work.
I am amazed by how many of my fellow contractors are in a constant state of complaining about their technicians: “I can’t get them to do this. They won’t do that. Why don’t they understand?
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Selling with a purpose

Explain to techs why certain tasks are important on every service call
We find that many managers fail miserably when it comes to properly educating their teams on the reason, or the why, behind selling processes and strategies.
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Authenticity in the Sales Process

Be comfortable with yourself and customers will be comfortable with you.
With all the time I spend on the road coaching and training technicians, I'm always impressed by the quality of people with whom I work.
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2014 Truck of the Month

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2014 September

In this issue you’ll find The NY Red Bulls soccer team’s radiant system and incoming PHCC President Kevin Tindall.

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