We are doing something different for The DYOJO Podcast Episode 67. This week, Eric "The Tech Whisperer" Sprague and Larry "Pineapple Man" Wilberton, invited Gerrett Stier of GMS Podcast and myself to join them for what they called The Podcast Summit of Blue Collar Nation (BCN).
Blue Collar Nation Podcast + GMS Podcast + The DYOJO Podcast = Restoration Podcastalypse Megazord 2021.
Eric, Larry, and Gerrett were onsite in Charleston, South Carolina for The Experience, where GMS Podcast unveiled their mobile podcasting booth. You can listen to the results of these escapades on Blue Collar Nation Podcast and GMS Podcast. We hope that this Podcastalypse will be the first of many continued video, audio, and physical collaborations. GMS and BCN will be in Las Vegas for The Experience in September 2021, back at it with their live shenanigans. We hope to assemble the team for our first combined live event at Restoration Industry Association (RIA) in Reno on April 13-17, 2022.
Blue Collar Nation + GMS + DYOJO Podcasts
In this episode of The DYOJO Podcast, we share some snippets of Restoration Podcastalypse Megazord 2021 (aka Podcast Summit). We give each other a hard time and dig deeper into what makes each of us tick as well as the value proposition for our shows. The first question we want to ask (POLL), who has the better podcast opening?
While you are contemplating this core issue, you also need to decide whether you are going to LEAD or JOIN a local SOCKTember Team for the 2021 NEW Sock-Raising Challenge. Take a peek at the latest video from The DYOJO and hear about all of our restoration industry friends and peers who are already involved in this effort. Thank you to ARES Restoration, out of Graham, Washington for being our first sponsor for this year.
Two Announcements that impact Restoration History
Most of you know that following the Restoration Industry Association (RIA) 75th Annual Convention and Expo this year in Florida, Pete "The Global Watchdog" Consigli and I took a road trip further South. We discussed restoration history and meet some amazing people along our journey. We share a clip of Pete bestowing to me something that I will cherish for the rest of my life. We had a lot of fun, ate really well, and shared some great moments together. As Pete says, quoting Jimmy V, "We laughed, we thought, we cried, today was a heck of a day," and we had many heckin good days on the road together.
Michelle Blevins, the new owner of C & R Magazine also dropped by to share her exciting news. We will be releasing more content related to my trip with Pete as well as my conversation with Michelle. This was a fun break from our current series, The Xactimate Sessions. We have released File 001 Learning Xactimate from Scratch (TDP 65) and File 002 Learning to XM8 with all the Resources from Xactimate (TDP 66). More to come from Blue Collar Nation, GMS Podcast, and The DYOJO Podcast.
Last year, in the middle of the shutdowns, we hatched a crazy idea to bring our friends, peers, and clients together to have some fun while doing some good in our local communities. The DYOJO Podcast launched SOCKTember as a competitive NEW sock-raising challenge. This year competitive NEW sock-raising teams are assembling to challenge each other for the title of 2021 SOCKTember Champion and hoist the trophy at the end of the season.
SOCKTember is a great event for:
When is the SOCKTember NEW Sock-Raising Season?
August 2021 - The Pre-Season:
Teams form in local communities to raise NEW socks by reaching out to clients, vendors, friends, and community partners.
September 2021 - The Season:
Teams collect NEW socks. We have a weekly count of NEW socks raised by all teams, keeping with the competitive spirit.
October 2021 - The Post-Season:
We perform a final official count of NEW socks raise and this year we plan to announce the WINNER at a LIVE local event in Tukwila, Washington on Friday, October 22, 2021. Local teams distribute NEW socks to local charities that they want to support.
How do I get Involved in SOCKTember 2021?
Reach out to The DYOJO (thedyojo.com) if you would like to:
Stay tuned as the SOCKTember 2021 season kicks-off on September 1, 2021. Read more about this event in the press release from Restoration & Remediation Magazine, stay tuned with event updates on The DYOJO YouTube and the webpage - thedyojo.com/dogood.
Current teams include:
Current sponsors include:
Last year, in the third quarter of the year that will live in infamy (2020), we hatched a hair-brained idea to start an annual competitive NEW sock raising competition. We called it The DYOJO SOCKTember. We wanted a simple way to help people have some fun, stay connected, and do some good. Our friends, peers, clients, partners, vendors, and community members saw the vision and rolled up their sleeves to get involved. With short notice and minimal traditional fan-faire or media coverage, we were able to raise over 5,500 NEW socks and donate those to local charities.
What is a NEW Sock Raising Competition?
Why socks you may ask? Well, if the golden rule tells us to treat others the way we would want to be treated, who doesn’t love a NEW pair of socks? Everyone loves a NEW pair of socks. It turns out that NEW socks are also among the highest requested items of need for local charities. Every team reported that when they delivered their haul of socks to the local organization that their team chose to support, the reception was heartwarming and energized them to return this year to compete again.
The DYOJO SOCKTember 2021 is a great opportunity for client outreach, employee engagement, and community goodwill.
Even during the pandemic, people from around the world safely contributed NEW socks in-person and remotely. 2020 SOCKTember teams included:
How do I get involved with SOCKTember 2021?
If you are wondering how you can get involved with The DYOJO SOCKTember 2021 Annual NEW Sock Raising Competition, you are asking the right question. There are four ways to be involved in SOCKTember 2021 (see our website for more details):
The idea really is simple, we want to do some good and have some fun. If you decide to be a team leader, you will gather a local team of 3-5 core members, engage your local clients, partners, vendors, etc and raise as many NEW socks as you can, which you will then donate to local charities of your choosing.
When does SOCKTember 2021 start and how do I win?
We all start gathering NEW socks the first day of September 2021 until the last day of September 2021. Last year, with the pandemic, we learned it is simple to set up an Amazon link that will send socks to an address that you designate. This is competitive sock raising, think March Madness without the elimination of teams. Thanks to our 2020 sponsors, we have created an annual trophy, which currently is proudly displayed in the halls of The Contents Specialists (TCS) office in Seattle, WA. Last year's winner was Sisters for Socks, led by Lindsey Ward of TCS, their team raised over 2,400 NEW socks and the 2020 event raised over 5,500 NEW socks total (see the video).
The DYOJO Podcast, Ep. 61
Originally aired May 20, 2021
Build, Grow, and Elevate your Restoration Company
By building something bigger than yourself, you grow, and in turn elevate those around you. Sounds easy, but some ceilings have to be broken first.
The DYOJO Podcast, Episode 61 Guests:
● Lance Peppler - Host of the Business Bookshelf Podcast based out of Johannesburg, South Africa. His podcast is a great way to find your next book for business improvement.
● Josh Zolin is the CEO of Windy City Equipment Service (Phoenix, AZ) and host/author of Blue is the New White (Book)(Podcast) Blueisthenewwhite.com
Lance's Top 5 Books for people in a position of leadership and entrepreneurs for 2021
Josh brings his wealth of knowledge to our listeners, and reminds us that most of the time we just need to KISS. (Keep It Simple Stupid)
With a wide swath of information, the biggest encouragement is to never stop learning. This industry has given the gift of constant growth and upward mobility. The ceilings that have to be broken will never be the same, but the skills acquired along the way will aid in pushing through the next obstacle.
What will you put first as you grow?
People, Profit, or Process?
Next week (Episode 62) we’ll have Whiney Wiseman out of Florida. He is the founder of the National Organization of Restoration and Remediation Professionals (NORRP)
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Josh Stearns, a local writer for South Sound Business Magazine based in Tacoma, Washington, contacted us in early 2021 as he was researching what local businesses were doing to maintain workplace culture. We are honored that he found portions of our conversation to be of value and included us in an article with local business leaders who are being intentional in these areas as well.
Josh also interviewed:
In a segment of the article Josh titled, "Creating a Positive Impact Internally, Externally," he said:
Jon Isaacson, vice president of operations for All American Restoration Services in Tacoma, which repairs homes and businesses after fire or water damage, said he and fellow employees are fortunate to work in an essential business and take pride helping people recover in the safest way possible. They’re dedicated to that mission, and that’s rewarding. They’ve also tried to be involved in positive community efforts, including a sock drive in September to help people in the community who are less fortunate. The business reached out to companies it works with, plus some competitors, to see who could collect the most new socks, part of a drive called “Socktember.” Collectively, the teams — including The Contents Specialists, Merit Construction, 3 Kings Environmental, and Home with Kelsey Isaacson — collected more than 5,500 pairs, he said. Socks were delivered to the Tacoma Rescue Mission and other organizations, and recipients’ gratitude was rewarding for teams who collaborated, he said. “
We did something good, and it made an impact, a very positive impact,” Isaacson said. More broadly, he noted Pierce County’s community efforts to unite during hard times and noted hashtags like #supportlocal and #lovelocal to support local businesses and keep people working. Isaacson tries to promote that through his The DYOJO podcast at thedyojo.com. Socktember represented the idea that, “It only takes a small spark to get a fire going,” Isaacson said.
On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, we will be discussing "Made in the South Sound" Premier Media Group, with president Josh Dunn. You can participate LIVE via YouTube at 9am PST.
South Sound Connection (SSC) LIVE launched Season 2 on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 9am PST
SSC LIVE is brought to you by:
Secret Sauce for Keeping Good Employees - Made in Tacoma, Rite in the Rain - SSC LIVE 015
Ryan McDonald, Rite in the Rain (Tacoma, WA)
Ryan joins us to discuss:
READ MORE on the history of Rite in the Rain in an article published by The DYOJO following a tour of the RITR facility and an interview in early 2020 with Ryan.
South Sound Connection (SSC) presented by The DYOJO Podcast and All American Restoration Services (AARES).
See our past episodes as well as our roster of local guests for SSC LIVE Season 2 "Made in the South Sound".
Jon Isaacson, The Intentional Restorer, is a 19 year veteran of the property restoration industry and a business coach through his organization The DYOJO.