74 episodes

Trench Talk is hosted by award-winning plumber Matt Reynolds based out of Melbourne.

Primarily in interview format, you’ll hear from interesting people including industry insiders, leaders and celebrities who share the critical lessons they feel have helped them carve out a career and master their own trade.

From the unique perspective of a local tradesman, this format is wide as we discuss all things business and self-improvement.

Think tools, tips and strategies from high-level achievers.

Matt is a plumber, not a trained media personality, so if you prioritise action and practicality over polished professionalism, you’ve plugged into the right place.

For further resources and episode information visit www.xrm.com.au/podcast.

Trench Talk with Matt Reynolds Matt Reynolds

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 26 Ratings

Trench Talk is hosted by award-winning plumber Matt Reynolds based out of Melbourne.

Primarily in interview format, you’ll hear from interesting people including industry insiders, leaders and celebrities who share the critical lessons they feel have helped them carve out a career and master their own trade.

From the unique perspective of a local tradesman, this format is wide as we discuss all things business and self-improvement.

Think tools, tips and strategies from high-level achievers.

Matt is a plumber, not a trained media personality, so if you prioritise action and practicality over polished professionalism, you’ve plugged into the right place.

For further resources and episode information visit www.xrm.com.au/podcast.

    #074: Andy Buerckner | Platinum Travel Corporation

    #074: Andy Buerckner | Platinum Travel Corporation

    Andy Buerckner is a Director at Platinum Travel Corporation.
    Platinum Travel is a family owned and operated agency with offices in Australia and New Zealand, they won both the Travel Agency of the Year in 2018 and the Corporate Travel Agency of the Year in 2019.
    I wanted to talk to Andy for this episode after I watched an interview he did recently for the Sky Business channel where he spoke about the travel industry and how the current coronavirus pandemic has decimated almost the entire sector. Many providers in the travel space including not only travel agents, like Platinum, but airlines, hotels, tour companies, cruise ship operators etc. have all seen their revenue drop to virtual zero overnight.
    But it gets worse, and here’s the bit I hadn’t thought about until I watched the Sky Business interview. Not only did their revenue stop, they had to start the process of handing back past profits in the form of refunds as travellers began to ask for their money to be returned due to enforced travel restrictions.
    The logistics of how that is done and the mental impact on both employers and employees in the sector are challenges the travel sector has had to face for the very first time.
    It’s not all bad news though, and as you’ll hear Andy believes that coronavirus may actually be very good for the travel industry and has started to identify opportunities he believes will emerge as travel returns.
    During this chat, we covered:
    working through the impact of coronavirus travel trends working with family and how to best communicate with team members networking a couple of stories from wayward corporate travels chasing those highly valuable (at least for some) gold and platinum frequent flyer status and membership levels the coming opportunities for the travel industry and, as always, much more   
    To find out more about Andy, you can connect with him on LinkedIn and you’ll find the Platinum Travel Corporation at platinumtravelcorp.com.au.
    If you enjoy Trench Talk, please remember to hit the subscribe button inside your chosen podcast player, more episodes can be found at xrm.com.au/podcast.
    Enjoy Trench Talk Episode #074 with Andy Buerckner…
     
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    • 1 hr 25 min
    #073: Sarah Taylor | 21 x World Bodybuilding Champion

    #073: Sarah Taylor | 21 x World Bodybuilding Champion

    Sarah Taylor is both the Chief Operations Officer and Chief Technical Officer at one of Melbourne’s hottest startups and a 21 x World Bodybuilding Champion.
    Classified obese at age 40, Sarah lost 25kg without dieting while getting fit to achieve a person goal of climbing a mountain. At that time, she was working a high-profile job, running 3 active blogs, trying to carve out a side hustle as a photographer and running a digital magazine.
    Her world crashed around her. She was diagnosed with depression, had many injuries from overtraining and underwent double shoulder surgery. She was completely burnt out emotionally, physical and mentally.
    Resolving to fix things herself she returned to the evidence based lifestyle strategies she’d developed to lose weight. She accidentally got into bodybuilding at age 42, and 10 weeks later competing at the state level won her 1st show before going on to clean sweep 11 of 11 amateur world titles by age 45 and another 8 professional world titles (+2 more amateur titles for good measure...!) by age 50.
    During this chat, we covered:
    forming good habits planning your eating the photography term magic hour and how that applies in life being productive and why your brain worries about things that don’t get finished athletic thinking why calm is contagious and, as always, much more   
    You can find out more about Sarah you can find her on Facebook or on Instagram.
    If you enjoy Trench Talk, please remember to hit the subscribe button inside your chosen podcast player, more episodes can be found at xrm.com.au/podcast.
    Enjoy Trench Talk Episode #073 with Sarah Taylor…
     
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    You can find Matt Reynolds on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and on LinkedIn.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    #072: Gavin Routledge | Active X Backs

    #072: Gavin Routledge | Active X Backs

    Gavin Routledge is Chief Back Officer at is practice Active X Backs in Edinburgh, Scotland.
    Gavin is an Osteopath with 30 years professional experience in lower back pain and sciatica. Gavin graduated in 1991 from the British School of Osteopathy as a Gold Medallist and is now a Vice Patron at the University College of Osteopathy. He co-authored the book “The Back Book” with Gavin Hastings OBE in 1996; and in 2017 he authored “Active X Backs – a long term solution to lower back pain”. He is a much sought-after public speaker on the topics of pain, health and physical activity.
    Gavin is passionate about helping to move people as far from illness and pain as possible and practises what he preaches including cycling, running, swimming, body-weight and free-weight training, practising yoga and meditation.
    Gavin leads his team to provide both in clinic care and online consultations to individuals, health and fitness professionals and organisations looking to provide their clients with online care.
    During this chat, we covered:
    setting goals and why they play such a big role in health, pain management and recovery how to sit to help avoid back pain changes in load and activity and how to minimise the risk of injury, particularly during exercise the role your attitude towards pain plays daily exercises to help protect against body imbalance how Gavin has taken his business online and, as always, much more   
    You can find out more about Gavin's company active-x.co.uk or you can track him down personally on LinkedIn.
    If you enjoy Trench Talk, please remember to hit the subscribe button inside your chosen podcast player, more episodes can be found at xrm.com.au/podcast.
    Enjoy Trench Talk Episode #072 with Gavin Routledge…
     
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    You can find Matt Reynolds on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and on LinkedIn.

    • 58 min
    #071: John Vuong | Local SEO Search

    #071: John Vuong | Local SEO Search

    John Vuong the Founder and President of Local SEO Search, an award winning SEO Company out of Toronto, Canada.
    John is a seasoned sales professional and Internet marketer with an exceptional track record helping companies grow their clientele and profits. Through 15 years of experience working with CEOs, business owners, and marketing leaders at some of Canada’s most successful corporations, John developed a deep understanding of local marketing dynamics and consumer behaviour. John’s entrepreneurial spirit and experience working with more than 5,000 local business owners inspired him to start his own company, Local SEO Search, in 2013.
    A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, John earned his Bachelor of Administrative and Commercial Studies (ACS) in 2003. His career began at Yellow Pages Group, where he was among the top 2% of sales representatives across Canada. Now a proud father, John enjoys coaching and mentoring new entrepreneurs, and runs an annual school supply campaign to help deserving young people in elementary and primary grades. Local SEO Search also provides free education to small business owners through live events and their podcast, Local SEO today.
    During this chat, we covered:
    why a solid foundation and sound business is required, before thinking about SEO why becoming a thought leader is so important in online marketing understanding your ideal clients and why your online competition may well be very low how to rank well in Google search keywords and how to use them the Google My Business product and why it so important for businesses website musts that help with online marketing and, as always, much more   
    You can find out more about John at localseosearch.ca.
    If you enjoy Trench Talk, please remember to hit the subscribe button inside your chosen podcast player, more episodes can be found at xrm.com.au/podcast.
    Enjoy Trench Talk Episode #071 with John Vuong…
     
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    You can find Matt Reynolds on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and on LinkedIn.

    • 59 min
    #070: Adam Sand | Roofing Business Partner

    #070: Adam Sand | Roofing Business Partner

    Adam Sand of Roofing Business Partner and Sargeants Roofing joined me on the podcast for this episode to discuss his business and several ideas and strategies he's using to navigate the current COVID-19 pandemic period.
    Adam first appeared on Trench Talk for episode #047 which you can find at https://www.xrm.com.au/047-adam-sand-roofing-business-partner/ 
    Find out more about Adam at https://www.roofingbusinesspartner.com
    If you enjoy Trench Talk, please remember to hit the subscribe button inside your chosen podcast player, more episodes can be found at xrm.com.au/podcast.
    Enjoy Trench Talk Episode #070 with Adam Sand…
     
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    You can find Matt Reynolds on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and on LinkedIn.
     

    • 1 hr 6 min
    #069: Judy & Eriks Celmins | Engage4Insights

    #069: Judy & Eriks Celmins | Engage4Insights

    Judy Celmins is the Marketing Director and Eriks Celmins is the CEO of Engage4Insights, a New Zealand based research and innovation company which helps businesses engage with and to better understand their audiences (including their customers and employees) in order to drive better decisions and outcomes.
    Judy is a born marketer who loves building relationships with people and understanding why they buy. She has spent her career experimenting with different techniques to engage with customers, learn more about their unmet needs and how to serve them better. Judy learned the more she could add value, the more engaged they became.
    Eriks background is in radio as an on-air host so his job was too grab the audiences attention quickly and to keep them listening for as long as possible. In the radio business, listeners equals ad revenue and Eriks figured out pretty quickly that engaging with your audience is the best way to get to know them better, and the better you know them, the easier it is to keep them entertained.
    Together, they have formulated a methodology and system to help businesses collect and collate customer and employee insights to help drive better decision making and to fuel innovation.
    Their clients include NZME (New Zealand's premier integrated media company, which trades on the Australian stock exchange), Communications Fiji Limited, and PNG-FM. And have included Austereo, Nova Entertainment, Foxtel, and companies in the UK, Europe and South-East Asia.
    During this chat, we covered:
    why relationship marketing is so important, especially in uncertain times when customers are looking to do business with people they trust (like the current coronavirus pandemic we are all currently working through, we recorded this in April of 2020) building an Insights Story and what that really means using research for better decision-making why getting honest, direct feedback is important in some situations and how it can speed up decision making the tech product Judy and Eriks have built and, as always, much more. You can find out more about Judy and Eriks at engage4insights.com.
    If you enjoy Trench Talk, please remember to hit the subscribe button inside your chosen podcast player, more episodes can be found at xrm.com.au/podcast.
    Enjoy Trench Talk Episode #069 with Judy & Eriks…
     
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    Show notes and links for this episode can be found at xrm.com.au/podcast.
    You can find Matt Reynolds on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and on LinkedIn.

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Jon Hollenberg ,

Great info!

Matt is an all round nice fella! Interesting to listen to asking great questions.

My dog is my best friend ,

Love it

Love all of the different episodes which explore the resilience of people when setting up successful businesses and what it takes in the trenches!

Foxcrew768224 ,

Tradesman Interviews

Great content, but it would be nice if we could hear from actual tradies who have gone from a sole trader to possibly a tram of 10+ etc.

There are a thousand podcasts that interview BRW top 500 companies for example, but what about just the common tradies that does quite well opposed to being a millionaire.

Keep up the good work, and maybe a little more tradies opposed to folder holders.

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