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Q&A with Toolshed's Dynamic Duo: How to Make the Most Out Of Toolshed

September 21, 2021

5 minute read

ICYMI: The Dynamic Duo is BACK! After Season 2 launched just yesterday, there's a whole new batch of Toolshed content coming your way.

Not familiar with Toolshed yet? Here's the deal. Schedule Engine hometown heroes Jerry Rollins and Eddie McFarlane have dug up their best performance-driven tips and tools from their many years of experience working in the industry. And they're here to share them with you as a form of home services industry training. We've got all of our content uploaded and ready (free and easy to access) in our Facebook Group and YouTube channel. Go ahead and binge Season 1 to see what it's all about before you start Season 2.

Before the launch, we sat down with the stars Eddie and Jerry to get the inside scoop on what's coming down the pipeline in Season 2. We asked the hard-hitting questions to find out how you can make the most of your Toolshed experience. Here's what they had to say.

Q: OK, so Toolshed Season 2 just launched! What are you most excited about with the new season?

E: I'm just excited to be back in my Shed with my good friend Jer.

J: Aww, thanks, Eddie (*blushes*😊). I'm excited that we just broke 1,000 members in the Facebook group, which is phenomenal! We started Toolshed as a way to give back to the industry that has given so much to us, and I'm excited to see that so many people are going to receive that give-back from us and from Schedule Engine.

Q: How can a Toolshed fan get the most out of what Toolshed has to offer?

E: I would say two things.

1: This season, we're thrilled to offer a full meeting and an episode each week. Viewers can hit play, have what we hope is one of the best meetings ever, and then see the follow-up content.

2: Like any other tool in your truck, if you never take it into the call with you, it's not going to do anything. So watch and enjoy, but as Jerry says, "this is just the huddle, now go out there and do it."

J: Take something out of each episode. There's going to be a lot of great information that could potentially alter your career or benefit your company in a big way. Pick one thing per episode and say: "I'm going to try this and put it into my playbook." Try to get exceptionally good at that one thing. Then do it again for the next episode and the next one.

Q: Is Toolshed only for people working in the skilled trades?

E: We learned from Season 1 that what we're really doing is sharing life advice, disguised as work advice, disguised as fun. And that's why you see people in different countries, people in the trades, and people outside the trades resonating with it. There's even a rumor going around that we made it into more than one family group chat. If we're allowed to choose our own definition of making it, that's the one I choose.

J: We came into this hoping to give back to the skilled trades, so we gear our content towards the skilled trades. But the business principles apply to many areas, so our audience is full of diverse people. We have skilled tradesmen, roofers, and even have a dentist who talks about how it applies to his dental practice.

Q: Besides watching content, how can Toolshed viewers interact with Toolshed?

E: In the real world, you introduce yourself to people, answer a question, and if you have a question of your own, you ask it. Those same rules apply to the group. We believe that no one person in the room is as smart as everyone in the room. Everyone has something valuable to contribute, and it's a space for everybody to bring a little more than they take.

J: At the end of the day, your network is your net worth. So, you want to expand your network, and these are the people to surround yourself with and knowledge share. Don't just watch what's going on—participate! Comment, ask questions, and meet people.

Q: How can viewers apply the lessons they learn from Toolshed in their business and personal lives?

E: Share the message, share the goal, and talk as a group to hold each other accountable. After each session, ask, "what are we going to do now?" Check-in on each other.—you don't have to do it alone.

J: Season 2 is all about the Huddle, about having a meeting. So business leaders can take that weekly Tuesday 25-30 minute segment as a meeting. Then, Wednesday's segment is about making yesterday's meeting your meeting. If they put those things into practice, it changes the culture to one of learning and development, and that's why we're here.

Q: How can Shedders make Toolshed their own? Where can they ask questions?

E: The Toolshed is merely the launchpad. Watch the video, switch it off. Then, check-in with your group. Ask them what they like and what they don't like. It's perfectly fine if they disagree with us! Build your own answers that suit you and your business, you and your team. Jerry and I are not gurus; we're just here to share what we've heard and learned from others. It's just the starting space. Have discussions with your group about the ideas we exchange.

J: Use it as another tool that you use in your business. If you're a member of something else, this is just another layer of your training that you can use in your meetings. If you apply these things—check in with your people. It has to be their own; they have to own it.

Bonus Q!: Any teasers or things to look forward to in Season 2? 👀

E: I learned in Season 2 that I'm the luckiest guy in the home services trades. How many people get to be us, Jer? 😊😎

J: You're right, Eddie. I will say that the grand prize winner of a giveaway in Season Two will be super happy about what they're going to win. That's as far as I'm going to go...

What a way to finish up with the duo! Want to find out what that grand prize is and have a chance to win it? Make sure to tune in every Tuesday-Friday at 8 AM EST for your weekly dose of Eddie and Jerry—we know we sure enjoyed ours!

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