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Are you tired of presentations that are only half relevant to your business? Many speakers are not practitioners of their material, simply teachers—not so with The Fire Time Podcast. This podcast is for the hearth industry and by the hearth industry. Host Tim Reed has over a decade of experience in the hearth industry, making conversations with guests relevant and extremely practical. In Season One, Tim speaks with twelve hearth industry leaders and provides content relevant to any position, whether on the retail or manufacturing side.

Hearth companies everywhere are lost because the landscape of business has changed dramatically in the last ten years. They are trying hard, but they just don’t know what to do. The Fire Time Podcast equips hearth companies to win by sharing ideas and innovation from the best minds in our industry. This podcast will give you the tools to move the needle in your company and win in the changing landscape.

This podcast is the first of its kind—specific to the business that you work in every day and simple enough to teach you what’s needed to succeed. Do not miss out on The Fire Time Podcast, available for Apple and Droid devices or at www.itsfiretime.com/podcast. The simple and repeatable steps provided will empower you to grow the bottom line of your company and inspire the team that you lead.

ABOUT:
Tim Reed is the Retail Sales Leader at Fireside Home Solutions in the Pacific Northwest where he helps his team members make it so stupidly easy to buy from them that there is no excuse not to. Starting as individual salesperson in an empty warehouse, he has grown Fireside’s Retail division by millions (after cutting his marketing budget by 90%). Tim has been invited all over the country to teach companies how to market effectively to their customers and sell more than ever before. His YouTube videos, sales blog, and “Fire Time Podcast” have become a resource for the industry and are actively helping thousands of people rethink their paradigms so that they can grow their businesses in the changing landscape.

Tim learned “just enough to be dangerous” about sales, marketing, web development, and leadership from years of playing guitar in a failing punk band—which he swears has uniquely qualified him for his job today. Now considered one of the most innovative minds and compelling communicators in the industry, Tim uses his platform to serve others, helping them create clear messages that are wildly compelling to their audiences.

Tim lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Jessica, two children, Olivia and Luke, and his 90 pound Golden Retriever, Walter.

He still plays guitar in a failing punk band.

CONTACT: tim@itsfiretime.com | www.itsfiretime.com

The Fire Time Podcast Tim Reed

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    • 4.8 • 33 Ratings

Are you tired of presentations that are only half relevant to your business? Many speakers are not practitioners of their material, simply teachers—not so with The Fire Time Podcast. This podcast is for the hearth industry and by the hearth industry. Host Tim Reed has over a decade of experience in the hearth industry, making conversations with guests relevant and extremely practical. In Season One, Tim speaks with twelve hearth industry leaders and provides content relevant to any position, whether on the retail or manufacturing side.

Hearth companies everywhere are lost because the landscape of business has changed dramatically in the last ten years. They are trying hard, but they just don’t know what to do. The Fire Time Podcast equips hearth companies to win by sharing ideas and innovation from the best minds in our industry. This podcast will give you the tools to move the needle in your company and win in the changing landscape.

This podcast is the first of its kind—specific to the business that you work in every day and simple enough to teach you what’s needed to succeed. Do not miss out on The Fire Time Podcast, available for Apple and Droid devices or at www.itsfiretime.com/podcast. The simple and repeatable steps provided will empower you to grow the bottom line of your company and inspire the team that you lead.

ABOUT:
Tim Reed is the Retail Sales Leader at Fireside Home Solutions in the Pacific Northwest where he helps his team members make it so stupidly easy to buy from them that there is no excuse not to. Starting as individual salesperson in an empty warehouse, he has grown Fireside’s Retail division by millions (after cutting his marketing budget by 90%). Tim has been invited all over the country to teach companies how to market effectively to their customers and sell more than ever before. His YouTube videos, sales blog, and “Fire Time Podcast” have become a resource for the industry and are actively helping thousands of people rethink their paradigms so that they can grow their businesses in the changing landscape.

Tim learned “just enough to be dangerous” about sales, marketing, web development, and leadership from years of playing guitar in a failing punk band—which he swears has uniquely qualified him for his job today. Now considered one of the most innovative minds and compelling communicators in the industry, Tim uses his platform to serve others, helping them create clear messages that are wildly compelling to their audiences.

Tim lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Jessica, two children, Olivia and Luke, and his 90 pound Golden Retriever, Walter.

He still plays guitar in a failing punk band.

CONTACT: tim@itsfiretime.com | www.itsfiretime.com

    Q & A - Season 5 Finale

    Q & A - Season 5 Finale

    Everyone knows that this year has been crazy for businesses in the hearth industry. That's why we are back with the final episode of this season to answer all of the questions that have been coming in over the last few months. 
    This episode will answer:

    What is the best way to track door swings? (This is something that everyone needs to be doing).


    What makes a good website in our industry? (Hint, it's not about how the website looks). 


    How can you make sure that next year's season is smoother than this one? (It all starts with deciding to invest back into your business).

    At the end of the day, there is more to life than money, but without money, your business (and your life) may not have enough fuel to get to the destination. We know that the answers in this episode can help you fill your tank back up so that there is an abundance to share with those around you.
     
    Please take 30 seconds to give us feedback on this season: itsfiretime.com/survey
     
    To support The Fire Time Podcast financially, check out our Patreon site: https://www.patreon.com/itsfiretime
     
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    • 52 min
    Colleen Kittridge - What the Young Generation Brings to the Table

    Colleen Kittridge - What the Young Generation Brings to the Table

    Having the ability to switch relationships from personal to professional without friction is a dream of many business owners. So many people will tell you to never go into business with family or friends -- but is that really true?
    In today's episode, Tim sits down with Colleen Kittridge (Travis Industries Pacific Northwest Sales Rep) to discuss how she took over her father's position and what different systems have been put into place resulting from this shift in generations. 
    In this episode, you will learn: 

    How to get respect from people that view you as a kid (and how you can use your age to your advantage)


    Where the difference between millennials and industry veterans lies (along with what it means for the future) 


    Why working with family and friends doesn't have to be off-limits (too often a common misconception)

    Don't go into tomorrow being afraid of/or being a millennial. Instead, build a better functioning team by embracing the next generation's ideas and building relationships that strictly aren't just centered around business. 
     
    To support The Fire Time Podcast financially, check out our Patreon site: https://www.patreon.com/itsfiretime
     
    Click here to join The Fire Time Network

    • 41 min
    Scott Ramspott & Nathan Lammers - Dealer, Step Your Game Up!

    Scott Ramspott & Nathan Lammers - Dealer, Step Your Game Up!

    Most dealers across the country think that having a solid sales team is the only key to selling. But often, these same dealers overlook the importance of having a well-thought-out showroom floor and a holistic customer experience. Investing time into both, training your team, and upgrading your showroom is the true key to successful selling. 
    In today's episode, Tim sits down with two competing sales reps: Scott Ramspott (Kozy Heat) and Nathan Lammers (Mendota) to talk about the best practices they witness in showrooms that they cover in their territory. 
    In this episode you will learn: 

    Why showroom displays need to be in perfect shape—always (the little things make a big difference) 


    How upgrading the interior of your showroom will drastically improve your customer's experience (it doesn't take as much effort as you think)


    What building a network of other dealers can do for your business (learning from other people's mistakes is a game-changer)

    Don't continue losing sales because your showroom scares away customers. Instead, create an experience that makes people comfortable by cleaning things up and making it easy for them to purchase.
     
    To support The Fire Time Podcast financially, check out our Patreon site: https://www.patreon.com/itsfiretime
     
    Click here to join The Fire Time Network

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Dick Hoffman - Becoming the Chairman of the Board

    Dick Hoffman - Becoming the Chairman of the Board

    Most business owners aren't thinking about getting their company ready to sell until it's too late. What they miss is that preparing now helps you run a better business, in general, plus it protects you the event that things suddenly change.
    In today's episode, Tim sits down with Dick Hoffman (Former Retailer & Chairman of the HPBA Board) to talk about his journey of selling the business that he started decades earlier and why he has chosen to remain active in the industry during his retirement. 
    In today's episode you will learn: 

    How to build your business so that it is ready to sell (it really isn't that hard, it just takes effort).


    Why putting systems and processes in place is key if you want to prepare for tomorrow (this is the difference between thinking long term and short term in your business).


    What the process of buying and selling a business entails (and how you can navigate it).

    Selling your business may be on your radar now, but things change quickly—and you always want to be ready. Taking these steps today will help you make more money right now as well as have a better company tomorrow.
     
    Resources mentioned in this episode: 
    The Fire Time Magazine - http://www.thefiretimemagazine.com or http://www.itsfiretime.com/app
    HPBA Retailer Tool Kit - https://www.hpba.org/retailer-toolkit
    Sunbelt Business Brokers - https://www.sunbeltnetwork.com
     
    To support The Fire Time Podcast financially, check out our Patreon site: https://www.patreon.com/itsfiretime
     
    Click here to join The Fire Time Network

    • 47 min
    Malcom & Zack Fisher - The Forgotten Territory

    Malcom & Zack Fisher - The Forgotten Territory

    Most companies today want to get there quick when, in actuality, they need to slow down and make an investment in real relationships with their customers.
    In today's episode, Tim talks with Malcolm & Zack Fischer (Owner & VP of Sales at Compact Appliances Limited) to discuss their unique market in Atlantic Canada—and what the rest of the industry needs to understand about it.
    In today's episode you will learn: 

    What operating with a prosperity mindset means for your relationships (and why we should all make it a goal)


    How getting to a place where you can work smarter first requires you to work harder (huge for generational shifts)


    Why prioritizing relationships first will change the way you do business (this is class SLOW-IS-FAST)

    Don't make the mistake of building your business fast and shallow—it's not going to last. Instead, grow slow and methodically, treating people the right way and become a force in the market that's impossible to move.
      To support The Fire Time Podcast financially, check out our Patreon site: https://www.patreon.com/itsfiretime
      Click here to join The Fire Time Network

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Tim Reed - Learn to Lead Yourself

    Tim Reed - Learn to Lead Yourself

    Owners and Managers across the country have a hard time leading their companies because they don't spend any of their effort on leading themselves. 
    In today's episode, Tim sits down to discuss the rhythms he has created to help him be effective at what he does and lead a full life at the same time. Creating a consistent rhythm is essential to becoming a leader that acts intentionally. You can do that by building a framework that helps you focus on the things that matter every single day. 
    In today's episode you'll learn:

    How to plan your week out every single week (and why this will fundamentally change your productivity).


    How to create a daily rhythm that filters what's important from what's not (anyone is able to do it).


    How to take back your schedule with a weekly time map (it sounds impossible, but this is a game-changer).

    Don't go another day spinning the hamster wheel. Instead, take charge of your business' productivity by learning how to effectively lead yourself.
     
    To support The Fire Time Podcast financially, check out our Patreon site: https://www.patreon.com/itsfiretime
     
    Click here to join The Fire Time Network

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

bellekelle111000 ,

Very informative and inspiring

This podcast has changed how I operate business. I am implementing the strategies laid out in the series “Building a Winning Hearth Company “ and things are finally coming together for my little company. I am so grateful for Tim and Grant, their willingness to share their knowledge is such a welcome change in our industry.

JoshCrist ,

Entertaining, insightful and actionable! 🔥

Whether you’re well established as a hearth industry entrepreneur, or just getting started carving out a profitable niche that’s ready to grow - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Tim does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving business, and life you can be proud of - with leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

lady gidiva ,

Hits the mark over and over

Tim is helping to take the hearth industry to the next level. So much information— we are so grateful for Tim and his guests for sharing their knowledge and experiences!

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