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Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Aaron and Terry will be talking 2019 and how to plan for it. This is an annual show where two well-known planners share their tips and tricks to make 2019 your best ever! Learn about business planning, micromanagement, learning to say No and more. Sponsored by: Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants or lectures or selling. We are not doing this for our employers, but rather for our industry. Since February 2013, The 2 Regular Guys have been the first and the most listened to garment decorating industry podcast on this planet! We are humbled by all of you tuning in each week. We work hard to bring you information that will make your business better, and our industry better. Take a look at our incredible weekly guest list and you’ll understand where this industry goes for news, interviews and the heartbeat of garment decorating. Thanks for listening! News The December issue of Printwear magazine has a feature called Tech Forecast: What Technologies Do You See Emerging in 2019. This was a question posed to several industry experts with some interesting responses. We’ll post the link or Google Printwear Magazine. SGIA Creates First-ever Convergence Council - New council taps supplier executives from all printing industry segments to advise association — In an unprecedented move, the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has created a Suppliers and Manufacturers Council (SMC), an elite group of industry leaders who will advise the association on issues and concerns related to the future success of their companies, their customers and, more importantly, the printing industry. Planning for 2019 Terry: New mindset for a changing marketplace, the time is at hand If you’re turning away “below minimum” orders right now, and you likely are, it’s only going to get worse. ‘We’re not set up for that kind of business.” "The garment-decorating marketplace has seen a significant shift toward three things: individualization, customization for quantities as small as one, and the prevailing customer mindset of: "I want it right now." Get started with minimal investment… now Aaron: Do you Have a Business Plan? Everyone talks about it, everyone says it is a good idea if not essential, but in my research (ie asking people if they have one) it is less than 20% and my guess half of that 20 % is lying. It is really hard to do, you have to honestly assess yourself and your business? But is your business not important enough for you to spend time ON it? If you do have one, was it just to get a loan or place on a coffee table? Has anyone in your company read it or better yet, been a part of it. Can you tell me your “why” in less than 3 sentences? I offered up a free bit of help in getting your business plan off the ground this last summer. It was only 5 steps and you had to send me 5 emails to participate in it. Videos were watched by over 1,000 people. Guess how many people did the first one (5). Guess how many people got through all 5 steps? (1) This is not to make you feel bad or for me to whine that no one participated. It just showed me I need to do a better job of preaching the business plan sermon and to show you that you are not alone. Lets do it together!!! IT WILL HELP YOUR BUSINESS. Terry: Micromanagement self-evaluation At the start of a new year, it’s a good time to look at your own manager/owner style on the job Micromanagers never seem to know they’re micromanagers, in fact sometimes tell you they are not. But remember as an employee, it’s called the eccentricities of ownership, so you’re not likely to affect change from the bottom up, it has to be a willful decision on the part of the owner or manager. 5 Things from a few months ago is a good test for you. Will you honestly answer yes to one or more of these questions?

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