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Is Training Always the Answer?

When a cleaning business finds itself facing problems, someone inevitably promotes training as the ideal solution. Perhaps it is, but before zeroing in on this as your salvation, slow down and examine your specific problem very carefully.
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In Recognition of Chapter Operations

These past few months have been quite active for the individual chapters of the Carpet and FabriCare Institute, thanks to directors like Gene Spinozzi, Gabriel Peretti and Vince Attardo. With these guys as directors, it really pays to be a member of CFI.
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The Business of Show

I have been in the cleaning and restoration industry for 26 years. When I first entered the business, I was with that company for eight years, and during that time my employer educated me.
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Cleaning Options Add to the Bottom Line

Business owners are always searching for ways to increase their bottom line through a variety of methods, including postcards, newspaper ads, direct mailers, and offering add-ons like fabric protector and spot dyeing. This is all fine and well, but this approach may cause some cleaners to miss the bigger picture. In addition to the promotions and product add-ons, consider offering your clients more cleaning options.
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Achieving Your Dreams

In just a few short months I’ll hit the big 5-0. Fifty can be an unhappy milestone. It’s no fun suddenly grasping that you are on the downhill side of life’s grand slide. At its most severe, this wrenching realization is called a midlife crisis.
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The Fear Factor of Wool

I am amazed sometimes at the level of fear I find in the carpet cleaning industry. Once, a student of mine went on at length about his refusal to clean a client’s 3,000 square feet of white wool carpet.
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Learning How We Learn

Much of your training efforts’ lack of success occurs for the very same reason.It boils down to communication failures. People will not believe what they cannot understand; if they do not understand the lessons, they will not learn them.
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One Down, 23 to Go

This is my first “message” as CFI president. My buddy Dennis Iverson, who preceded me, reminds me that I “only” have 23 more of these monthly messages to write!
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The 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition

A look in photos at the 2014 Experience Conference and Exhibition, which was held from April 24-26 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center and Spa in Frisco, Texas.

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Yes, it's only February now - several weeks or months before the thaw depending on where you live - and hopefully this winter has been a profitable one for your business during the historical slow season. But now's also the time to start planning for the busy season - spring - so that you can hit the ground running. In this episode of The Hitman Advertising Show, John Braun shares tips and tricks on how to make this spring your most profitable yet.
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2015 March

The March ICS issue features content on cleaning services, green chemistry, encapsulation, terrazzo floors, educating clients and new products.

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