Spectora Spotlight with Kevin Wagstaff
Negative Reviews, Prices & Supply/Demand of Inspectors - Allen Dicharry

Negative Reviews, Prices & Supply/Demand of Inspectors - Allen Dicharry

September 9, 2020

We're mixing things up for Episode 47! We have Allen Dicharry back on to shoot the shit with me about what we think is interesting. I don't have a clever name yet on what to call this series....Water Cooler Talk? The Random Episodes? Fireside Chats? 

Either way, I hope you enjoy our random conversation! Let us know what you think!

 

If you're enjoying these interviews, let us know with a review or shoot me a note. I always appreciate that :)

 

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To learn more about Spectora the home inspection software, follow the link!

If you have a recommendation for a guest, email Kevin@Spectora.com and we'll see if we can make it happen!

Falling Off Roofs & Raising Prices - KC Bartley

Falling Off Roofs & Raising Prices - KC Bartley

August 11, 2020

I've never had an interaction with KC that didn't leave me energized and happy. He is just a ball of positivity and I love it. KC is a Spectora OG and has some great stories and conviction in who he is, and what his company stands for. 

 

With one of the best websites around and hundreds of Google Reviews, he shares a little on how he runs a very efficient 1-man shop. 

 

If you're enjoying these interviews, let us know with a review or shoot me a note. I always appreciate that :)

 

You can also subscribe to Spectora Spotlight to get notified when new episodes drop - Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Podbean, Overcast, etc. You can also check out more interviews at the links below!

 

https://spectora.podbean.com/
https://www.spectora.com/r/spectora-spotlight/
https://www.youtube.com/spectora

 

To learn more about Spectora the home inspection software, follow the link!

If you have a recommendation for a guest, email Kevin@Spectora.com and we'll see if we can make it happen!

Inside the Mind of a COO of a 70 Inspector Company - Damon Durham

Inside the Mind of a COO of a 70 Inspector Company - Damon Durham

August 4, 2020

Damon is a humble man. He is the COO of the largest inspection company in the country and he speaks so casually about very difficult things.

 

Damon is somewhat from outside the home inspection industry - that's why he intrigued me. He has a fresh perspective, some of which traces back to his early days at Pizza Hut where he learned about service, pride and efficiency.

 

If you want to learn more about Greenworks, head over to their website. I'm sure you can get in touch with Damon there.

 

If you're enjoying these interviews, let us know with a review or shoot me a note. I always appreciate that :)

 

You can also subscribe to Spectora Spotlight to get notified when new episodes drop - Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Podbean, Overcast, etc. You can also check out more interviews at the links below!

 

https://spectora.podbean.com/
https://www.spectora.com/r/spectora-spotlight/
https://www.youtube.com/spectora

 

To learn more about Spectora the home inspection software, follow the link!

If you have a recommendation for a guest, email Kevin@Spectora.com and we'll see if we can make it happen!

What nurses, restaurants, and photo booths have to do with home inspections - Allen Dicharry

What nurses, restaurants, and photo booths have to do with home inspections - Allen Dicharry

July 29, 2020

Allen is wise beyond his home inspection years. My guess is it has something to do with his previous careers in nursing, ministry, home flipping and owning a photo booth rental service.

 

This was such a fun and refreshing conversation. Allen is only in year 2 of his home inspection career, but he is off to an amazing start. 100 Google Reviews. A thriving agent referral network. A healthy work-life balance.

 

We can all learn from Allen's blend of focus, humility and dedication to his clients and learning. He dropped so many tidbits of wisdom that has me excited to share this episode.

 

Here are most of the books we referenced, some of which I've read and highly recommend!

 

  • The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael Gerber
  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t by Jim Collins
  • Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free Productivity  by David Allen
  • Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcom Gladwell
  • Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
  • What’s Best Next by Matt Perman
  • Unstuck: Breaking Free from Your Barriers to Productivity by Matt Perman

 

Allen can be found at his website or emailing him at allen@housetohomeinspector.com

 

If you're enjoying these interviews, let us know with a review or shoot me a note. I always appreciate that :)

 

You can also subscribe to Spectora Spotlight to get notified when new episodes drop - Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Podbean, Overcast, etc. You can also check out more interviews at the links below!

 

https://spectora.podbean.com/
https://www.spectora.com/r/spectora-spotlight/
https://www.youtube.com/spectora

 

To learn more about Spectora the home inspection software, follow the link!

If you have a recommendation for a guest, email Kevin@Spectora.com and we'll see if we can make it happen!

Understanding Your Buyer’s & Agent’s Perspectives - Gary Dahl

Understanding Your Buyer’s & Agent’s Perspectives - Gary Dahl

July 24, 2020

Gary Dahl may be new to home inspections but he's not new to walking people through complex technical situations. Gary has a perspective I like capturing - of the new home inspector that has experience from previous careers. It's a particular set of challenges.

 

The part I loved the most is when we talked about empathy. A key ingredient to any successful home inspector.

 

If you're a new inspector and wanting to connect, you can find Gary at his website.

 

If you're enjoying these interviews, let us know with a review or shoot me a note. I always appreciate that :)

 

You can also subscribe to Spectora Spotlight to get notified when new episodes drop - Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Podbean, Overcast, etc. You can also check out more interviews at the links below!

https://spectora.podbean.com/
https://www.spectora.com/r/spectora-spotlight/
https://www.youtube.com/spectora

To learn more about Spectora the home inspection software, follow the link!

If you have a recommendation for a guest, email Kevin@Spectora.com and we'll see if we can make it happen!

Obsess Over Being a Clear Communicator + Automated Upsells: Adam Pontier

Obsess Over Being a Clear Communicator + Automated Upsells: Adam Pontier

May 14, 2020

Adam Pontier of KC Property Experts is a refreshing guy to talk to. He is an everyday guy that just seems to do what's practical.

And he's winning in the Kansas City area. We get into his backstory and how we jumpstarted his growth years ago with clear communication, being himself and putting effort into relationship building.

You can tell he pays attention to the details - from his report to his emails to the way he mirrors different agents when he interacts. Something we can all learn from.

Other topics we cover:

  • Services he uses like Blipp, ACC, Spectora Advanced
  • Growth activities he used on Facebook
  • Sending schwag to agents
  • How to structures his emails to get clients to read them
  • The one email he sends that has increased his revenue by an average of $50/inspection

If you want to link up with Adam, find em on Facebook! Adam Pontier with KC Property Experts.

If you're enjoying these interviews, let us know with a review or shoot me a note. I always appreciate that :)

You can also subscribe to Spectora Spotlight to get notified when new episodes drop - Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Podbean, Overcast, etc. You can also check out more interviews at the links below!

https://spectora.podbean.com/
https://www.spectora.com/r/spectora-spotlight/
https://www.youtube.com/spectora

To learn more about Spectora, follow the link!

If you have a recommendation for a guest, email Kevin@Spectora.com and we'll see if we can make it happen!

Using Call Centers to Make Life Easier: 2 Inspector’s Experience Using ACC

Using Call Centers to Make Life Easier: 2 Inspector’s Experience Using ACC

April 9, 2020

The decision to use a call center (with Spectora Advanced of course ;)) seems like a tough one until you hear stories from Bryan and Nick. I randomly chose a couple of our users that also use ACC to see what their mindset was before using a call center and what it's like now that they've been using ISN for a couple months.

Clearly they are happy. With ACC being one of our partners, that makes me happy. I do believe the ACC-Spectora combination is a powerful one as you hear both of these guys talk about the importance of surrounding yourself with a high-quality team.

If you're interested in learning more about ACC, you can find them at their website. If you've been waiting on this integration to use Spectora for all your needs, ask us about Spectora Advanced!

If you're enjoying these interviews, let us know with a review!

You can also subscribe to Spectora Spotlight to get notified when new episodes drop - Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Podbean, Overcast, etc. You can also check out more interviews at the links below!

https://spectora.podbean.com/
https://www.spectora.com/r/spectora-spotlight/
https://www.youtube.com/spectora

To learn more about Spectora, follow the link!

If you have a recommendation for a guest, email Kevin@Spectora.com and we'll see if we can make it happen!

Free Money: Government Programs to Help Home Inspectors

Free Money: Government Programs to Help Home Inspectors

April 1, 2020

I'll skip the part about unprecedented times and get right to it: 

There are a number of programs the government has rolled out this past week to help small businesses of all kinds. And the normal restrictions have been dropped so that means home inspectors need to be taking advantage of these programs to keep their inspectors on-board and to help themselves stay afloat.

We did our best to interpret these bills that were rushed out as there is plenty of ambiguous language (so forgive us if we missed anything!) but please read through these and consult with your CPA and legal counsel. 

Here are links discussed in this episode. We encourage each of you to check all of these out!

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance

https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/

Paycheck Protection Program

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/paycheck-protection-program-ppp

Independent breakdown of programs

https://www.natlawreview.com/article/paycheck-protection-program-sba-loan-program-expanded-cares-act

Sample Paycheck Protection Application

https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2020-03/Borrower%20Paycheck%20Protection%20Program%20Application.pdf

 

If you're enjoying these interviews, let us know with a review!

You can also subscribe to Spectora Spotlight to get notified when new episodes drop - Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Podbean, Overcast, etc. You can also check out more interviews at the links below!

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https://www.youtube.com/spectora

To learn more about Spectora, follow the link!

If you have a recommendation for a guest, email Kevin@Spectora.com and we'll see if we can make it happen!

How One of the Largest Companies in the Country is Handling the Slowdown - Rob Lemoine

How One of the Largest Companies in the Country is Handling the Slowdown - Rob Lemoine

March 27, 2020

I caught up with Rob Lemoine for 2 reasons: 1) I just enjoy him as a person and think he is a great leader in our industry and 2) To see how one of the largest companies and top minds in the home inspection industry is thinking about this economic slowdown.

We purposely didn't have an agenda so I could just capture the raw emotion and feeling of this time. We just had a chat and hope it keeps us all connected. I know in these times it's important to not feel isolated so we hope it gave you some good insight into his way of thinking!

If you're enjoying these interviews, let us know with a review!

You can also subscribe to Spectora Spotlight to get notified when new episodes drop - Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Podbean, Overcast, etc. You can also check out more interviews at the links below!

https://spectora.podbean.com/
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https://www.youtube.com/spectora

To learn more about Spectora, follow the link!

If you have a recommendation for a guest, email Kevin@Spectora.com and we'll see if we can make it happen!

Contraction vs. Expansion - Why You Will Lose Following the Masses - Dirk Van Reenen

Contraction vs. Expansion - Why You Will Lose Following the Masses - Dirk Van Reenen

March 19, 2020

We recorded this episode on Wednesday and put it up on YouTube that afternoon and the podcast on Thursday. With the news flowing in at such a rapid rate and our world and economy changing before our eyes, we just wanted to get the conversation out there for our industry.

One thing is clear from talking with such an action-oriented, inspiring person like Dirk - you can either sit on the sidelines and talk about how bad things could get, or you can get your mind right and take action.

In a 24-hour news cycle that is incentivized to be polarizing and get you to click or watch, Dirk is one of those leaders that gives us balance. Yes things are bad out there. Yes they will likely get worse. But we know from every single recession in our history, there is always opportunity and companies can come out of it stronger. So control what you can control!

You can find Dirk at the IEB website - https://www.iebcoaching.com/

If you're enjoying these interviews, let us know with a review!

You can also subscribe to Spectora Spotlight to get notified when new episodes drop - Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Podbean, Overcast, etc. You can also check out more interviews at the links below!

https://spectora.podbean.com/
https://www.spectora.com/r/spectora-spotlight/
https://www.youtube.com/spectora

To learn more about Spectora, follow the link!

If you have a recommendation for a guest, email Kevin@Spectora.com and we'll see if we can make it happen!

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