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2 Regular Guys Talking Decoration and Personalization

2 Regular Guys... talking decorations, personalization and customization every Friday.

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Navigating New Entrants: Embracing Innovation or Protecting Tradition?
Join us on the next episode as Terry and Aaron debate new people coming into the market. With the rise of accessible technology and DIY solutions, the landscape of the crafting and decoration industry is rapidly evolving.  The line becomes more gray and there are concerns from established professionals. Are those concerns justified, or should we embrace the influx of new talent and innovation? From Epson's entry into the DTG market to the impact of "Cricut Moms" on traditional decorators, we'll explore the dynamics of competition, adaptation, and the evolving definition of professionalism in the industry. Tune in for a thought-provoking discussion on how to navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by emerging market trends. Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Attend FUNdamentals Live News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” https://youtu.be/ugt7_ZqpXFI Dad Joke Terry: I’ve opened a gym where the instructors go door to door to tell people about the benefits of joining. I call it Jehovah’s Fitness Embracing Innovation or Protecting Tradition? Is there a difference between a crafter and a maker? One source said, “There’s more glue involved in crafting.” Are there distinct categories? Crafter Maker Side gig, part-time business Starting small or part-time with the intention of future full-time business Why do some “professional” decorators fear the “Cricut Mom”? (Let’s not forget the Cricut Warrior) Fear of more competition Your issue isn’t the competition if that’s the case Fear of bottom-feeder pricing from these competitors Muddying the water with sub-par decorating souring the buyers From the vendor perspective - equipment, garments, supplies - what are the drawbacks and benefits? Why the sudden interest from that sector? A whole new group of potential buyers From the vendor side, becoming aware of an untapped market The potential for more hand-holding than with the current customer base How to find them… not from your current customer list What are the benefits to the industry from the crafter/maker? New ideas are always a plus Fall in love with the industry and make the transition to “professional” https://www.youtube.com/embed/drUjCnNR8aY?si=h3xLSsE1nnrqhBmC The Secret Sauce We serve up bite-sized tips for our #regulators to instantly spice up their decorated apparel business. Just like the perfect wing sauce, these quick tips can transform your business experience, adding flavor and depth to your operations. Each video in this playlist is a nugget of wisdom, carefully selected for its potential to bring immediate value to your work. So, whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting started in the decorated apparel industry, dip into our 'Secret Sauce' for insights that can help you soar. Remember, the right tip at the right time can be just the secret ingredient you need for success. https://youtu.be/VdbrqKvxJSM OTHER EVENTS FUNdamentals Live! June 7th and 8th, 2024. Embrace the transformation at FUNdamentals Live – an exclusive two-day small business workshop and retreat in O'Fallon, MO.
88:06 3/22/24
The Value of Creative Execution
Join us for an engaging three-way conversation led by our esteemed producer, Erich Campbell. We try to answer the question “What is the impact of creative execution in decoration businesses?” Innovative decoration techniques, artistic flair, and practical strategies for leveraging creativity to drive business growth. Through thought-provoking questions and Erich's expert insights, we uncover the intrinsic value of standing out in the competitive market of decorated garments. From identifying untapped creative opportunities to understanding why creativity matters to the bottom line, this episode offers actionable advice and inspiration for those looking to elevate their brands. Tune in to gain valuable perspectives and discover how to harness the power of creative execution. Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” https://youtu.be/1WkeRgEmXMg Dad Joke Aaron: The world’s worst limbo player walks into a bar No, that's the joke... Creative Execution Erich: Intro to topic - Technique education, ‘art projects’, and value Q1: When you think about creativity in your corner of decoration, what do you think of? Q2: How much of the value of a decorated garment is there in ‘standing out’ or ‘standing apart’? Q3: With the rise of digital decoration, the overall lowering of the bar to entry into all decoration methods, how do you see the role of creativity in building a business? Q4: In your part of the decoration market, what are the creative opportunities or techniques that you think people are missing? Q5: What parts of running a business aside from art creation and decoration techniques do you see creativity as an asset? Where should people be looking to add some flair? Q6: When you get creatively stuck, where do you go to get inspired? Q7: Why does creativity matter to the bottom line? https://www.youtube.com/embed/EQCaG4szbUA?si=1hHCDDh5XBJkuRKt The Secret Sauce We serve up bite-sized tips for our #regulators to instantly spice up their decorated apparel business. Just like the perfect wing sauce, these quick tips can transform your business experience, adding flavor and depth to your operations. Each video in this playlist is a nugget of wisdom, carefully selected for its potential to bring immediate value to your work. So, whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting started in the decorated apparel industry, dip into our 'Secret Sauce' for insights that can help you soar. Remember, the right tip at the right time can be just the secret ingredient you need for success. https://youtu.be/SY40fnSZbE4 OTHER EVENTS FUNdamentals Live! June 7th and 8th, 2024. A two day small business workshop and retreat where you come together as a community to facilitate falling in love with your business. Spots are limited so you can sign up today at OSG.link/funlive OSG Live! - Wednesday Mornings at 7 AM Central Time and then available to watch any time. Start Loving Your Business Today ❤️The FUNdamentals Of Business Success Book Radical Goal-Getters - Facilitated 6-Month Mastermind and G...
76:31 3/15/24
Maximizing Efficiency in Apparel Decoration Production
Join hosts Aaron and Terry as they explore the ins and outs of optimizing production efficiency in your apparel decoration business. Efficiency is about the importance of meeting customer needs, increasing profitability, and maximizing resources. From identifying stumbling blocks and choke points to tracking downtime and implementing changes to streamline processes. Tune in for valuable insights and practical tips to help enhance your operational efficiency regardless of the size of your business. Discover the steps to drive productivity and success in your apparel decoration business. Unlock the full potential of your production workflow. Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” https://youtu.be/dcgi6_7Lt8U Dad Joke Terry: Is it OK that I start drinking as soon as the kids get to school? Or maybe I’m just a bad teacher Production Efficiency Aaron: I’m excited about this week as we get to talk about a passion area for you, and something I understand is crucial for businesses. Working with small businesses, they don’t think they need to worry about efficiency because they don’t have enough work yet. My reply is you don’t have enough work yet because you are not efficient enough to be able to take it on. We will fill the space we have. Anyway, you are a master of this and have changed many printing shops with your ideas around maximizing efficiency. So this is going to be part of me “interviewing” you and part discussion. Sound good? Let’s talk about the why of production efficiency Getting products out the door to meet our customers’ needs. To keep our promises. Most shops don’t schedule production, they juggle production Make more money with the same equipment and staff Where do we start? Look for stumbling blocks or choke points Track downtime What one thing could we change to make your job more efficient, easier? Explaining “why” to your staff “Because I said so,” is not a motivator If your employees know why their part of the process is important, they are more motivated to get the job done Most people come to work and want to do a good job Aaron: Race Car Pit Crew idea Expectations You have to communicate what you expect And your expectations have to be realistic Training, training, training Tracking efficiency https://www.youtube.com/embed/LDpwOJRChnE?si=GIm3wroHYJtDl_oY The Secret Sauce We serve up bite-sized tips for our #regulators to instantly spice up their decorated apparel business. Just like the perfect wing sauce, these quick tips can transform your business experience, adding flavor and depth to your operations. Each video in this playlist is a nugget of wisdom, carefully selected for its potential to bring immediate value to your work. So, whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting started in the decorated apparel industry, dip into our 'Secret Sauce' for insights that can help you soar. Remember, the right tip at the right time can be just the secret ingredient you need for success. https://youtu.be/E2tPpOT56mA
71:57 3/8/24
Inside the Digital Textile Imprinting World
Join Aaron live on location at American Print On Demand for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour with Sean Stewart. Explore the evolution of digital textile imprinting, from old-school transfers to cutting-edge DTF technology. Discover the journey from dye sublimation desktop to wide-format printing and cut and sew processes. Gain a deeper understanding of transfer printing strategies and sublimation cut and sew integration. Explore the array of tools available in the print lab at American Print On Demand. Learn why DTF has become one of the most exciting advancements in digital textile printing. Don't miss this immersive journey into the heart of digital textile imprinting innovation. Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” https://youtu.be/4rTVjNRv4o8 Dad Joke Aaron: Two guys walked into a bar.  The third guy ducked. Digital Textile Imprinting Can you walk us through the evolution of digital textile imprinting and how it has transformed over the years? Starting with old-school transfers and dye sublimation desktop systems. How has the transition been from these methods to the current wide-format and cut-and-sew processes? DTF (Direct to Film) printing appears to be a game-changer for screen printers. Can you elaborate on its benefits and how it provides a cost-effective yet viable transfer solution? What impact do different head configurations in DTF printers have on the printing process, and what considerations are important when choosing software for substrate compatibility? How does DTF compare to other methods like sublimation cut and sew, and what factors should businesses consider when selecting between these technologies? Can you discuss the significance of having a transfer depot and how it contributes to building a book of business while ensuring sustainable growth? https://www.youtube.com/embed/otTab9sTXq0?si=-d3IPszwkEK6Acpm The Secret Sauce We serve up bite-sized tips for our #regulators to instantly spice up their decorated apparel business. Just like the perfect wing sauce, these quick tips can transform your business experience, adding flavor and depth to your operations. Each video in this playlist is a nugget of wisdom, carefully selected for its potential to bring immediate value to your work. So, whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting started in the decorated apparel industry, dip into our 'Secret Sauce' for insights that can help you soar. Remember, the right tip at the right time can be just the secret ingredient you need for success. https://youtu.be/1FK-ScXYc4I OTHER EVENTS FUNdamentals Live! June 7th and 8th, 2024. A two day small business workshop and retreat where you come together as a community to facilitate falling in love with your business. Spots are limited so you can sign up today at OSG.link/funlive OSG Live! - Wednesday Mornings at 7 AM Central Time and then available to watch any time. Start Loving Your Business Today ❤️The FUNdamentals Of Business Success Book Radical Goal-Getters - Facilitated 6-Month Mastermind and Goal Ach...
67:33 3/1/24
Unveiling the Secret Sauce: Insider Insights from 2 Regular Guys
Join Terry and Aaron this week as they take a deep dive into four of the most coveted Secret Sauce segments from past episodes of 2 Regular Guys. From mastering the business mindset to unlocking ink mixing system hacks and achieving soft hand graphics in screen printing, they'll uncover invaluable tips and tricks for industry success. Plus, don't miss an extra special secret sauce segment from resident Art Guy, Dane Clement. Whether you're a seasoned veteran or just starting out, this episode promises to deliver actionable insights to elevate your business game. Tune in and discover the secrets behind building a business you love, enhancing production efficiency, perfecting soft hand graphics, and mastering AI communication techniques. Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” https://youtu.be/oyuoBTRio0Q Dad Joke Aaron: Do you know how much space is needed to grow fungi? As mushroom as possible. Printers Secret Sauce How to Build a Business You Love (Aaron - December 15, 2023): The Importance of a Business Owner Mindset: Moving beyond chasing short-term trends or external validation, and instead, focusing on building a solid foundational mindset for long-term success. Simplicity in Concept, Complexity in Execution: It may seem simple (like running a set distance), the reality involves complex elements such as training, mental toughness, and persistence. A Business You Love is Part of Your Identity: This deep connection to your business is what makes it something you're proud of, even on challenging days. Overcoming Excuses with Deep-Rooted Reasons: The final takeaway is the emphasis on having a reason for your business that is stronger than any excuses. This deep-rooted reason is what drives success and differentiates a truly loved business from just another job. Ink Mixing System Hack (Terry - September 22, 2023): Customization Demand in Screen Printing: Specific color matches in screen printing, such as the John Deere green for a lawn tractor business, emphasizing the importance of being able to fulfill such specific demands. Practicality of Ink Mixing Systems: Great for small orders where purchasing a large quantity of a specific color would be impractical and potentially wasteful. Cost-Effectiveness and Efficiency: With a reasonable initial investment, can save money in the long run and allow for efficient production of the exact amount of ink needed for a job. Matching Precise Colors: A necessity of matching precise colors, particularly for corporate logos or college mascots, where close isn’t good enough and exact Pantone Matching System (PMS) colors are required. Enhancing Business Capability and Reputation: Investing in an ink mixing system not only enhances your capability to meet customer needs but also boosts your reputation as a versatile and high-quality service provider. Screen Printing Soft Hand Graphics (Terry - September 1, 2023):  Plastisol Inks for Soft Hand Effect: A common misconception is that you need water-based inks for a soft hand effect; plastisol inks,
72:55 2/23/24
Elevating Industry Voices with Speaker Secrets
Welcome to the start of Season 12! Join Terry, Aaron, and show producer Erich Campbell as they unveil insider tips and tricks for stepping into the spotlight as industry speakers. Stemming from their recent annual "10 Things We Would Like to See" episodes, this discussion dives deep into crafting compelling proposals, designing impactful presentations, and engaging audiences with authenticity and flair. From idea selection to test runs, they'll share actionable strategies to help aspiring speakers make their mark on the industry circuit. Tune in and discover how to amplify your voice and become a sought-after speaker in your field! Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” https://youtu.be/oy56RklHQH0 Dad Joke Terry: I’m writing a new book on Reverse Psychology Please do not buy the book! Being a Seminar Speaker How did everyone get started down this road? Is your idea of interest to attendees? And is it a big enough topic for 1 hour plus? Making your proposal Start with bullet points of topics to cover What should your slides look like? Having some fun relating to your audience Encourage questions, and engage your audience. When the questions start, you’ve got them. Real-life stories to illustrate your points help your audience relate. Examples to pass around are always a hit. Test run on the clock. Take a deep breath and slow down! Have fun. Aaron: My 9-step system. Determine the goal of the session. Brainstorm all the details to cover, Put it into 3 to 5 sections, sort into a good order of flow (why, what, how), build your slides, script your slides, walkthrough (ensuring animation, flow), bullet point your script, final rehearsal. https://www.youtube.com/embed/VpbYsIzMNQQ?si=A9vqhaIKBzEbF3RM The Secret Sauce We serve up bite-sized tips for our #regulators to instantly spice up their decorated apparel business. Just like the perfect wing sauce, these quick tips can transform your business experience, adding flavor and depth to your operations. Each video in this playlist is a nugget of wisdom, carefully selected for its potential to bring immediate value to your work. So, whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting started in the decorated apparel industry, dip into our 'Secret Sauce' for insights that can help you soar. Remember, the right tip at the right time can be just the secret ingredient you need for success. https://youtu.be/1tZKBHOSUMU OTHER EVENTS FUNdamentals Live! June 7th and 8th, 2024. A two day small business workshop and retreat where you come together as a community to facilitate falling in love with your business. Spots are limited so you can sign up today at OSG.link/funlive OSG Live! - Wednesday Mornings at 7 AM Central Time and then available to watch any time. Start Loving Your Business Today ❤️The FUNdamentals Of Business Success Book Radical Goal-Getters - Facilitated 6-Month Mastermind and Goal Achievement Group Complete Screen Printing Business Course with Atlas Screen Supply in Chicago starting 2024.
77:04 2/16/24
The Short History of DTF Printing Techniques
We turn the tables on Terry this week and interview him about his journey into the realm of DTF (Direct to Film) printing. Following last week's show with Johnny Shell, we know there are many unanswered questions about DTF Printing. Terry takes us on his journey from his initial unfamiliarity to becoming adept with DTF due to his expertise with DTG equipment. Terry shares insights into the reasons driving the adoption of DTF, addressing customer resistance, tackling misinformation, and navigating the learning curve involved in mastering DTF decoration. We will discuss technical aspects, including the optimal printing environment, application techniques for adhesive powder, and safety considerations. Join them for an enlightening conversation shedding light on Terry's evolution from a novice to an expert in the field of DTF printing. Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” Dad Joke Terry: Not all math jokes are terrible Only SUM What We've Learned about DTF (Direct to Film) Why DTF? It’s a very simple decoration method Easy to apply and almost any substrate You can apply in a temperature range of 275-325 so manmade fabrics not an issue No dye migration Is there customer resistance to DTF garments? Most of the resistance comes from decorators, not customers Email from a customer this week Why is there so much misinformation on the internet and at shows? Band-Aids Wanting to appear as an expert. Ulterior motives What’s a realistic learning curve to be a DTF decorator? 30-90 days Talk to us about proper environment. Just like DTG, 40% humidity and normal office temperature How does DTF work on a DTG printer? Why would someone go this direction? Most machines have a DTF option that reverses the print order and backs off on the amount of ink layed down Nothing to buy other than film and adhesive. You use the same ink for both processes. Why is there white and black adhesive powder? Band-Aid because of process errors What causes blotches in the image after it’s applied?  Moisture on your film. The film coating is made to attract water based ink. It also attracts moisture from the air. What’s the best way to apply DTF transfers? Depending on the fabric, press for 15 seconds at medium pressure Peel and press a second time for 5 seconds, but use fabric or Pellon to soften the image. Is adhesive powder and vapor safe? The adhesive powder – more finely ground but the same adhesive screen printers have been using for decades Fumes can cause eye, skin or respiratory irritation or potentially an allergic reaction for some people Not the great evil that some make it out to be OEKO-TEX Certified Use common sense I was going to ask you about ways to add adhesive and cure single sheet transfers, but we’ll have to wait for the Secret Sauce today for that answer. https://www.youtube.com/embed/4NBhT_125uM?si=ygKXIHmYbleXRlxT The Secret Sauce We serve up bite-sized tips for our #regulators to instantly spice up their deco...
68:15 2/9/24
Decoding DTF Printing Trends
Join us for an insightful discussion with Johnny Shell, Principal Analyst at Keypoint Intelligence, as we unravel the latest trends in Direct to Film (DTF) printing. Get a closer look at the metrics and captivating discoveries from their in-depth DTF Forecast. Explore the transformative impact of DTF on the DTG market and its implications for screen printing. Gain valuable insights into the evolving landscape of garment decoration technologies. Tune in to stay ahead of the curve in the dynamic world of DTF printing! Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” https://youtu.be/FbF7umOHWUo Dad Joke Terry: I got mugged by six dwarves last night Yeah, not Happy DTF Printing Trends Aaron: Johnny, you’ve certainly been on our show several times before, but for our new listeners, tell us a little about yourself and your journey in our industry. Terry: Tell us about the new DTF forecast you’ve done. Aaron: What metrics are included? Terry: What are some of the findings you found most interesting Aaron: What are your thoughts on how DTF is affecting the DTG market? Terry: I know you also do a DTG forecast. Are you seeing DTG impacting the screen printing market? Aaron: Are you seeing DTF having an effect on screen printing? Terry: Johnny, how can our listeners get more information? https://www.youtube.com/embed/fvO6v7FB48o?si=rIsnc1XcpNyXUMVO The Secret Sauce We serve up bite-sized tips for our #regulators to instantly spice up their decorated apparel business. Just like the perfect wing sauce, these quick tips can transform your business experience, adding flavor and depth to your operations. Each video in this playlist is a nugget of wisdom, carefully selected for its potential to bring immediate value to your work. So, whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting started in the decorated apparel industry, dip into our 'Secret Sauce' for insights that can help you soar. Remember, the right tip at the right time can be just the secret ingredient you need for success. https://youtu.be/KLRwiOci9Ik OTHER EVENTS OSG Live! - Wednesday Mornings at 7 AM Central Time and then available to watch any time. Start Loving Your Business Today ❤️The FUNdamentals Of Business Success Book Radical Goal-Getters - Facilitated 6-Month Mastermind and Goal Achievement Group Complete Screen Printing Business Course with Atlas Screen Supply in Chicago starting 2024. Complete Screen Printing Business Course with Workhorse Products in Phoenix, AZ, January 13-14, 2024. Master of Success Inner Circle – Bi-Weekly Mastermind Groups on top of the industry-leading business training. Demystifying Next Level Digitizing Online Training from Erich Campbell Understanding Emblems  Learn from Erich Campbell about digitizing for patches. The Take-up with Erich Campbell – Fridays at 2:30 Mountain Time TRADE SHOWS International Personalization & Awards Expo Las Vegas, NV - February 6–9, 2024 Decorated Apparel Expo Kansas City - February 23 - 24, 2024 ASI Ft. Worth - March 5-6, 2023
71:58 2/2/24
Unlocking the Power of Virtual Assistants
On this episode of the 2 Regular Guys Podcast we unlock the potential of utilizing a virtual assistant to grow your business. Barry Coziahr with teambuilders.agency is a seasoned business consultant with over 30 years of experience. We will discuss the key advantages of virtual assistants, explore their impact on businesses in the garment decorating industry, and discover the secrets to optimizing their productivity. We will also explore how to delegate effectively, streamline workflow, and harness the true potential of virtual assistance for business expansion. We will also discuss some uncommon uses Barry has seen and how even if you didn’t think a VA was right for you, you might be missing out. Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” https://youtu.be/jNAgTgvfbTQ Dad Joke Terry: I found $20 lying in the parking lot and thought to myself, “What would Jesus do?” So, I turned it into wine. Utilizing Virtual Assistants Aaron: Barry we don’t read the bios anymore here on 2 Regular Guys. Instead, tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do. Terry: How can garment and product decorators, who often run small businesses, determine where a virtual assistant might fit into their operations? Aaron: Explain for our listeners what having a virtual assistant really means for a small business in terms of efficiency and productivity. Terry: In your experience, what are some practical examples of tasks or responsibilities within the garment and product decoration industry that are ideal for delegation to virtual assistants? Aaron: What criteria should garment decorators use to assess whether a virtual assistant is the right fit for their unique needs and business size? Terry: Can you share tips for working with virtual assistants so expectations are met and the workflow is optimized? Aaron: From your experience, what advice can you offer to measure the success of virtual assistant services… specifically for a garment or product decorator? Terry: How can people connect with you and learn more? https://www.youtube.com/embed/6ScuKVuJpfc?si=tUUUqK0Njy7Qm7qb The Secret Sauce We serve up bite-sized tips for our #regulators to instantly spice up their decorated apparel business. Just like the perfect wing sauce, these quick tips can transform your business experience, adding flavor and depth to your operations. Each video in this playlist is a nugget of wisdom, carefully selected for its potential to bring immediate value to your work. So, whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting started in the decorated apparel industry, dip into our 'Secret Sauce' for insights that can help you soar. Remember, the right tip at the right time can be just the secret ingredient you need for success. https://youtu.be/Ypnv40RQD5s OTHER EVENTS OSG Live! - Wednesday Mornings at 7 AM Central Time and then available to watch any time. Start Loving Your Business Today ❤️The FUNdamentals Of Business Success Book Radical Goal-Getters - Facilitated 6-Month Mastermind and Goal Achievement Group
70:11 1/26/24
Exploring Creative Niche Markets in Decoration with AI Art Tools
Join hosts Terry Combs and Aaron Montgomery as they welcome special guest Dane Clement of DaneClement.com and Stahls to dive deep into the world of niche markets in the garment and product decorating industry. In this enlightening episode, we'll explore the fascinating intersection of creativity, AI art tools, and the booming print-on-demand model. Discover how innovative businesses are leveraging AI to develop unique niche market ideas and how you can apply these strategies to spark your creativity and uncover fresh opportunities within your specialty. Tune in for valuable insights and inspiration to fuel your journey in the world of decoration. Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” https://youtu.be/UXtRIDsuk8c Dad Joke Terry: Know what the three hardest things for people to say are? I’m sorry I love you Worcestershire sauce Creative Niche Markets Aaron: Welcome in Dane. Thanks for being with us. This episode is a little unique because unlike normal we are not interviewing you, but asking you to join the discussion about Niche Markets. Being with Stahls and also being on the cutting edge of AI and art / design allows a unique perspective. And this is an episode that we have not tackled in a while where Terry and I discuss Niche Markets. I can’t wait for your take. But first, for any new regulators out there, tell us a little about you and your journey through the industry. The Dane 101. Terry: Let’s start by explaining niche markets and why these markets are important. Aaron: Having Dane here, I want to dive right into a niche related to AI. I’d like to ask you Dane, how are you seeing people utilize AI artwork to create a niche for themselves? Aaron: Pet Lovers: Customized pet-themed apparel, accessories, and home decor for passionate pet owners. Terry: Local Sports Teams: Design and sell merchandise for local sports teams, schools, and fan clubs. AI Art Tools Aaron: Sustainability Enthusiasts: Eco-friendly and sustainable apparel and products for environmentally conscious consumers. And it might not be eco-friendly sayings, and even what some might consider greenwashing. But focusing their business on sustainability. And many times that goes hand in hand with ethically produced products. Many years ago we had Reagan from Fed By Threads on the show and he was what I would consider an early adopter of this model. Terry: Completely Unique Niche Markets Aaron: Art and Creativity: Art-inspired merchandise, custom art prints, and creative tools for artists and art lovers. Terry: Geek and Fandom: Target specific fandoms, such as sci-fi, fantasy, or gaming, with unique designs and merchandise. Aaron: Dane thanks for participating today. Can you share any news (secrets about things happening at Stahls? Also, share what is going on over at DaneClement.com and some of the future plans there. Extras if we have time: Crafters and DIY: Craft-related merchandise, tools, and supplies for the DIY and crafting community. Medical Professionals: Customized scrubs, lab coats,
84:13 1/12/24
10 Things We Want for the Decorating Industry
Join us for a special tradition as the 2 Regular Guys kick off 2024 with their annual "10 Things" list! It's that time of year when we share our hopes and aspirations for the world of garment and product decoration. From industry essentials to dream-worthy innovations, Aaron and Terry will dive into what they'd love to see in the coming year. But here's the exciting part – we want to hear YOUR thoughts too! Join us live and share your own wishes and predictions for the industry in 2024. Let's shape the future together! #Regulators #2024Wishlist Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” https://youtu.be/BgKsz79DPn0 Dad Joke Aaron: Did you know that I used to work for the Circus? I was a human cannon ball… Until they fired me. 10 Things from 2023 Terry: I’d like to see, I expect to see, trade shows seek their new level. So what does that mean? Trade shows won’t return exactly as before. For good or for bad (if you run a trade show), many typical exhibitors at all or most shows were very successful during COVID without the costs of trade shows. Many of these companies are weighing how much of this expense they’re willing to take on again. This is a conversation or debate taking place at manufacturers, dealers and distributors throughout the industry. Aaron: Mid Range Heat Press. Going from 16×20 to the next level is a massive cost jump. How can you make a mid range size more viable? A 30 x 40 or a 40 x 60 that can still be affordable on the average credit card? Terry: I miss ThreadX (by Printing United) but apparently not financially viable so likely gone for the time being. I’d like to see an online version of ThreadX that is not tied into a business or organization with a profit agenda. I would miss the personal interaction but the speakers were awesome, and the attendee mix as well. Option 2, tie a live event to the Expo in Atlanta either a day or two before or after. This is an idea we’ve kicked around on past shows. Aaron: More Balance. Now back to the high level woo woo stuff that you know and love from me. I get to work with a lot of business owners, and I see us all really siloing our lives. There is the business life about making money. There is the home life, the community. I’d like to see people integrate this more and that starts by really defining our purpose and why. Then operating from that space centrally. Terry: I’m looking forward to innovation and clarity in DTF printing. By innovation, I’m referring to things like single sheet powder application devices. There are some devices but to my knowledge none that will coat a 16×20 sheet yet. By clarity I mean things like, what’s the truth about the adhesive powder? And in general just a better understanding of proper methods and techniques. Aaron: Less Competition. OK, one more woo-woo thing. I know business is set up as a thing you have to win, more market share, and beat the other guy. But I think this drags us away from an abundance mentality that I have found to be crucial to success. We need partnerships, we need collaboration,
78:10 1/5/24
Planning for 2024: Preparing for Success
Join us for an insightful episode as Terry and Aaron bring you their annual tradition of gearing up for success. As we approach the new year, it's time to break out your junior yellow legal pad because we're diving into the art of PLANNING for 2024. In this episode, we'll discuss valuable strategies to elevate your game in the coming year. Discover indispensable tips that will set you up for triumph as a product decorator in 2024. Don't miss this opportunity to kickstart your journey towards a prosperous and fulfilling year. It's GO Time on The 2 Regular Guys Podcast! Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” https://youtu.be/7htffdCm77Q Dad Joke Terry: Did you know I was on an elevator with 8 department stores Santas yesterday? It got a little Claustrophobic in there. Last Year - Planning for 2023 Terry: Do you know your brand? And if you do, is it the brand you want? Here’s what it’s not… Your brand is not your logo Your brand is not “Hey, look at me!” Your brand is not a mission statement So what is your brand? Your brand is your promise Brand is about relationships What can they expect from you? What separates you? Why do you do what you do? Your brand is who you are… who you want to be… who people perceive you to be Aaron: Love that you brought up branding. Clarity on who you are and who you serve is so important. What customers did you enjoy working with? What customers need to go elsewhere When you try to be all things to everybody, you end up being nothing to no one. Erich: Review & Forecast FURTHER OUT than you think you should Terry: In 2023, become an expert at what you do Every expert has a beginning What 1 task or technique would you like to be better at in 2023 Lay out a plan for weekly efforts in that area Reading up on the subject Set aside time to experiment Aaron: Systems Business needs to be a system. Things you can repeat Automate – What are you doing over and over? Stop going it alone. https://osg.link/iworker Erich: Learn to ‘Prune’ & Understand ‘Fitness’ Terry: Plan to become the “go to” decorator in your area… in your marketplace Do good work and deliver on time! This is the true secret to success You can compete with anyone large or small if you do good work… Make it easy to buy from you It’s often not about price Most customers are not professional buyers Innovate – try something new Specialty inks, vinyl, thread, techniques Planning for 2024 Terry: Stop and take a deep sigh of relief. You made it through the worst business interruption in decades. How can we use this experience in 2024 and beyond? What did you learn about you… about your business? Who helped you keep your business afloat? What can you do to show your appreciation, and build on that relationship? Diversify your technology Diversify your customer base Aaron: Sustainability Initiatives: In 2024 the customer’s priorities are changing. Sustainability is no longer a buzz marketing term,
84:24 12/15/23
Navigating the Printing Equipment Marketplace
Join us for a dynamic discussion with industry expert Tom Riley as we delve into the pros and cons of purchasing printing equipment, whether it's brand new or preowned. We'll explore the advantages and disadvantages of both options, shedding light on crucial factors like reliability, technological advancements, and cost-effectiveness. Discover essential tips for buying used equipment, including inspection methods, maintenance record requests, and the importance of reputable sellers. Whether you're a seasoned industry pro or just starting your printing journey, this episode offers valuable insights that will help you make informed decisions when acquiring equipment for your business. Don't miss out on this informative conversation that will empower you in the printing equipment marketplace. Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” https://youtu.be/cuITNi0vUh4 Dad Joke I recently took a management position on Old McDonald’s Farm I’m the new C-I-E-I-O Printing Equipment Marketplace Aaron: To kick things off, could you briefly introduce yourself and share your experience in the printing industry? Background What got you into printing? Work history How was making the transition from employee to small business owner? Terry: Can you tell us what you see as the keys to business success? Relationships, relationships, relationships  Being diligent and consistent in developing relationships To build customer loyalty, you must consistently provide good customer service. People remember good customer service (and bad). People want to be treated well and work with people they trust.  Aaron: Our goal today is to talk about equipment purchases. As we approach the end of the year, can you explain why this period is significant for businesses looking to purchase printing equipment? Terry: Your company, Press Room Solutions provides a number of services for your customers. To give our listeners an understanding tell us a little about that.  Buy & Sell Equipment Electrical & Mechanical Support Equipment Installation, Relocation & Removal Plant Liquidation Project Management & Strategy Aaron: One of the services you offer is buying and selling equipment. What are some of the top reasons why businesses should consider purchasing preowned equipment? Reduced cost Shorter lead times Faster ROI Terry: Reliability is often a concern when buying used machinery. How can businesses ensure the reliability of pre owned equipment? What are the misconceptions out there? Used equipment is inferior in quality Used equipment is less reliable Used equipment lacks technological advancements Buying used equipment is risky New equipment is always more cost-effective Aaron: We’re always looking to share tips on our show. Do you have some purchasing tips for us? Always inspect the equipment (virtual okay too) Request maintenance records Be certain all moving parts are in good shape Only purchase from reputable companies
64:36 12/1/23
Sustainability Beyond the T-Shirt
Join us this Friday as we delve into sustainability with Wayne Morgan, the mind behind PressXchange. While sustainability in garment production is an important topic, our conversation aims to take it a step further. We won't just scratch the surface on water consumption or recycled materials; instead, we'll ask thought-provoking questions like, 'What's the future for these fantastic machines at the end of their life cycle?' Expect an engaging discussion that delves deep into sustainability and a chance to get to know Wayne on a personal level. Tune in to broaden your perspective on green practices and their impact on our industry. Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” https://youtu.be/5UKbB2lFgQQ Dad Joke More holiday fun! What kind of music did the Pilgrims like? Plymouth Rock! Sustainability Aaron: Wayne, welcome to the show. We don’t read bios anymore. We’d rather have you tell us a little about yourself and how you got started in the industry. Terry: Since we met at the Printing United Media Dinner (where you were self-proclaimed the best wine deliverer of all time), share your thoughts on the expo in Atlanta. Aaron: The title of today’s show is Sustainability Beyond the T-Shirt. Most of us hear about how much water was saved making a t-shirt, or how many ground-up water bottles are in it, but you want to take it beyond the t-shirt. What do you mean by that? Terry: When we talked about this show you said “sustainability and how in the workflow it might power sales” And you mentioned you might be turning the tables and asking the #Regulators questions. What questions do you have for them? Aaron: We all know that the equipment we use to create the product we create has a life cycle. Whether it’s because it is time to upgrade our capacity or just move forward. I think in our part of the industry some of these machines just go sit in storage or are put into the trash. What are the alternatives? Terry: We know that you work with equipment distributors, like the company I work for Equipment Zone which is a distributor of Epson products. How can we make a commitment to sustainability by working with you? Aaron: Looking ahead, what trends or developments do you foresee in sustainability within the printing industry? Terry: When can our listeners learn more about what you are doing at PressXchange? Who should interested distributors reach out to? https://www.youtube.com/embed/LAHqLIpxuo4?si=-vZNh6nZsOe4ezfu The Secret Sauce We serve up bite-sized tips for our #regulators to instantly spice up their decorated apparel business. Just like the perfect wing sauce, these quick tips can transform your business experience, adding flavor and depth to your operations. Each video in this playlist is a nugget of wisdom, carefully selected for its potential to bring immediate value to your work. So, whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting started in the decorated apparel industry, dip into our 'Secret Sauce' for insights that can help you soar. Remember,
72:16 11/17/23
The 11th Annual REGGIE Award Nominees
Join us for an exciting episode as we reveal the exceptional nominees for the 11th Annual REGGIE Awards on the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. These prestigious awards celebrate the outstanding individuals and companies in the garment and product decorating industry, and what sets them apart is that they're nominated and chosen by the industry itself. Don't miss this special announcement as we shine a spotlight on those who've made a significant impact in 2023. Tune in to discover this year's deserving contenders and share in the celebration of excellence! Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” https://youtu.be/EXarWaRQuUI Dad Joke More holiday fun! Which side of the turkey has more feathers? The outside REGGIE Nominations Notes: Only 10 nominations were tossed due to a lack of following instructions. The sheeple were out again this year putting people's names into the best new product category and trade show category. While we appreciate the show of support for that person, we would hope they might have a wider appreciation for the industry and take a little more time to engage. 2023 Fresh Impact Product Award - This category shines a light on products that have made a notable difference in our industry during 2023. To qualify, products should have hit the market within the last three years and not have been on the voting list in previous years. This award aims to acknowledge the fresh and influential contributions these new products bring to our field, showcasing innovation and progress. FlatRack Thread RacksLoneStar AdhesiveM&R Quattro DTF PrinterSiser Easycolor DTV Sawgrass PrintmatePinch perfect tumbler toolRomeo & Juliet Siser Cutters3d puff pro toolEpson F2270 DTG Printer 2023 Customer Care Spotlight Award - This category is all about recognizing a company, and if applicable, a specific individual within that company, who has shown exceptional customer service in our industry. It's about spotlighting those who go the extra mile to ensure customers are satisfied. Please list the company and, if there's a standout person, mention them too. This award highlights the importance of a customer-focused approach and celebrates the companies and individuals who embody this principle in their daily operations. Marvin Peardon, Driven By Graphics Supply Co.Melissa MillerReal City DesignRoy Huseman - Equipment ZoneAlantra Sawgrass tech supportDebbie Does DesignFrank Good - S&S ActivewearHagen Francis - with Stitch It InternationalLynnie PinnieMarie McConnico with rts sublimation blanksRene From TexmacRichard Bloedow - SewingMachine.comSiser North America Customer support Michael Kaminsky - Sublimation 101Pilar Harrison - The Rhinestone World (NOTE: Crystal Baugh from TRW also got a vote)Vik Patel - Craft ExpressAmanda Jordan - True Digital ArtistryEvan Gordon - SawgrassTodd Downing - Fat Dad Custom Designs *Had 3 people ties, so going with 6 people in the voting. 2023 Industry Education Excellence Award - This category is to recognize the best teacher or online education source that helps people learn in our ind...
59:51 11/10/23
Journey Through the Decades: Conversation with Scott Fresener
Join us for a captivating journey through the decades of the decoration and printing industry as we welcome the legendary Scott Fresener to the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Scott, an industry icon, takes us back to the era of his groundbreaking book, "How to Print T-Shirts for Fun and Profit," and the revolutionary separation software, FastFilms. We'll delve into the history of the US Screen Printing Institute's influential screen printing classes and explore the invention of one of the industry's first DTG printers, the T-Jet. Get ready to step into the past, embrace the present, and glimpse into the future with the one and only Scott Fresener. Aaron’s first employer in the industry was Scott Fresener back in 2000 and Terry joined the team a few years later. Get your junior yellow legal pads ready for some industry insights, memorable stories, and a celebration of an iconic career. Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” https://youtu.be/PuoGZ42ZUgQ Dad Joke Terry: It’s Thanksgiving month so let’s get those seasonal Dad Jokes going. What's the best song to play while cooking a turkey? It’s all about that baste… ‘bout that baste… Scott Fresener Aaron: Welcome to the show Scott. Instead of a bio, we want to start with the time machine. Tell our listeners about the early days… making your own transfers… How to Print T-Shirts for Fun and Profit book… Tell us how it all began. Terry: Let’s talk about your brainchild, FastFilms separation software. First, for our younger listeners, what is it? And second, how did that software come to be? Aaron: By the time I got to US Screen your hands-on screen printing classes were well underway. Let’s talk about the evolution of that concept, and how you saw that need in the industry. Terry: After the break let’s talk about the beginnings of DTG and white ink, and of course what you’re doing these days. Aaron: You reinvented US Screen while Terry and I worked there. What made you believe Direct-to-Garment printing would be so revolutionary? Talk to us about the T-Jet. Terry: White ink took DTG printing from a novelty on white shirts to a viable decorating option. Let’s talk about white ink for DTG. Aaron: You’ve been responsible for some earth-shattering developments in our industry from separation software to DTG printing. Tell us your prediction for what’s next. Terry: I’m pretty sure US Screen was one of the few businesses with a soundproof band room. Talk to us about what you’re doing in your spare time now. Reach out to Scott at scott@tbiznetwork.com. His online courses can be found at T-ShirtPrintingMasterClasses.com. And my main website T-BizNetwork.com. https://www.youtube.com/embed/j9CHMwTHSek?si=p3uD-9WvhDrSarjg The Secret Sauce We serve up bite-sized tips for our #regulators to instantly spice up their decorated apparel business. Just like the perfect wing sauce, these quick tips can transform your business experience, adding flavor and depth to your operations. Each video in this playlist is a nugget of wisdom,
89:04 11/3/23
Inclusion Initiative Update and Industry Insights
This week we discuss the latest developments in the Inclusion Initiative and gain valuable industry insights. We're thrilled to welcome back Jed Seifert, an advocate for community empowerment and business success. Discover how to tap into a pool of limitless employees right in your own community while exploring Jed's recipe for thriving in the industry. Get the inside scoop on our initiative's progress, and what's on the horizon, and glean insights on effective employee management as your business grows. Whether you're passionate about inclusion or eager to elevate your industry knowledge, this episode promises valuable takeaways to enrich your journey in the world of decoration and printing. Tune in and stay informed with the 2 Regular Guys! Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” https://youtu.be/DsYzxtDISLA Dad Joke Terry: There’s only one thing that scares me on Halloween. Aaron: Which is? (witches) Terry: Exactly! Inclusion Initiative Update Aaron: Welcome! Jed, you joined us back in November of 2022 to share about the inclusion initiative you would like to see take hold in the industry and beyond. So most of the Regulators would have met you back then, but for any new listeners can you tell us a little about you and your passion?  Terry: Again we talked about this last year, but can you give us an overview of the unique approach to hiring and managing employees you have at Stakes? How is that process going at this point? Aaron: Can you provide an update on the progress of the Inclusion Initiative since we last spoke? Have there been any notable developments or success stories? Terry: How can our listeners follow your lead and duplicate your hiring successes?  Aaron: As an industry how can we do more? Were their hopes or expectations when you started sharing these ideas publicly that just haven’t come to fruition? Terry: You’ve built a large and successful decorating business. What have you learned along the way that would help our listeners grow their businesses? Aaron: You've been actively involved in the industry, attending events like Printing United and Impressions in Ft. Worth. Can you share any trends or innovations you've seen? Terry: How can businesses successfully balance growth with maintaining their core values and commitment to the community, as you've done with the Inclusion Initiative? Aaron: What’s next for Stakes? Terry: To wrap up, could you offer our listeners one piece of advice based on your journey in the industry and your experiences with the Inclusion Initiative? https://www.youtube.com/embed/AMoibE7lfsQ?si=ntcvCHp4jz7JPEHY The Secret Sauce We serve up bite-sized tips for our #regulators to instantly spice up their decorated apparel business. Just like the perfect wing sauce, these quick tips can transform your business experience, adding flavor and depth to your operations. Each video in this playlist is a nugget of wisdom, carefully selected for its potential to bring immediate value to your work. So, whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting star...
74:53 10/27/23
Live from Atlanta: Year-End Reflections and 2024 Insights
Join us for a special live episode of the 2 Regular Guys Podcast, coming to you from Printing United Expo 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. As we approach the year's end, we're bringing you exclusive insights, news, and highlights from the show floor. Listen in as our guests reflect on the pivotal moments and industry trends that defined 2023 while peering into the crystal ball to share their expectations and forecasts for the exciting year ahead in 2024. Whether you're a seasoned industry pro or just curious about the future of printing and decoration, this episode is your ticket to stay in the know. Tune in for a journey through the world of printing and decoration at Printing United Expo 2023! Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” Dad Joke Did you hear about the man who walked into a library and asked where he could find books on paranoia? The librarian looks over the man's shoulder, leans in, and whispers, "They are right behind you." Printing United Expo LIVE! Join us for a special live episode of the 2 Regular Guys Podcast, coming to you from Printing United Expo 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. As we approach the year's end, we're bringing you exclusive insights, news, and highlights from the show floor. Listen in as our guests reflect on the pivotal moments and industry trends that defined 2023 while peering into the crystal ball to share their expectations and forecasts for the exciting year ahead in 2024. Whether you're a seasoned industry pro or just curious about the future of printing and decoration, this episode is your ticket to stay in the know. Tune in for a journey through the world of printing and decoration at Printing United Expo 2023! Questions for Guests Looking back at 2023, what is a pivotal moment or development in the industry or in your company that stood out to you? As we turn the corner into 2024, what is something you're excited or curious about in terms of industry trends or innovations? The REGGIEs Awards Announcement Aaron: REGGIE Awards Categories - To start the next decade of REGGIE awards in our 11th year we thought now was a great time to freshen up the names of the awards and then refine and make them more concise the awards. So we have reduced the number of categories but freshened them up with a new coat of paint so to speak.  2023 Fresh Impact Product Award - This category shines a light on products that have made a notable difference in our industry during 2023. To qualify, products should have hit the market within the last three years and not have been on the voting list in previous years. This award aims to acknowledge the fresh and influential contributions these new products bring to our field, showcasing innovation and progress.  2023 Customer Care Spotlight Award - This category is all about recognizing a company, and if applicable, a specific individual within that company, who have shown exceptional customer service in our industry. It's about spotlighting those who go the extra mile to ensure customers are satisfied. Please list the company and,
34:48 10/20/23
Thriving as a Punk Rocker in the Professional World
Join the 2 Regular Guys Podcast for an inspiring episode as we welcome Rodeo Bo - Robert "Bo" Betzler. With a unique blend of skills in graphic artistry, video production, music, and photography, Bo has found his niche in the world of garment and substrate decoration, all while maintaining his punk rock spirit. Discover Bo's journey of breaking free from traditional corporate constraints and embracing creativity in the decoration industry. Gain valuable insights on how to infuse passion, individuality, and authenticity into your work. Whether you're a rebel at heart or looking to inject some punk rock energy into your business endeavors, this episode promises to be a source of inspiration and a reminder to have fun and be yourself. Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” https://youtu.be/MASS3Q5mFBg Dad Joke Why is a calendar always so scared? Because it knows its days are numbered. Thriving as a Punk Rocker Aaron: Welcome Bo. Thanks for joining us. No buttons to hit or coordination you need to do today as you are normally the one bringing in guests. But start us off with where the nickname Bo came from and even better, how you got the moniker Rodeo Bo? Terry: You have an interesting take on the “value of nostalgia”. Tell us about that and how it impacts your work. Aaron: Bo, tell us about your dad’s record collection, and what the Regulators should be listening to. Aaron: Have you been inspired to embrace your punk rock spirit or is that just a core value? What challenges have come up from embracing that punk rock persona? Terry: Can you share some memorable experiences where your punk rock approach helped your work? Aaron: What advice would you give to #Regulators looking to express their uniqueness in a professional environment? Terry: How can listeners infuse more fun and authenticity into their daily work routines, regardless of their industry? Aaron: What are some of the potential pitfalls you have seen or encountered with marrying up the desire for uniqueness and individually with the demand of a professional environment? Fortunately, our industry is not too stuffy, it's a t-shirt after all, but I have also seen people shoot themselves in the foot in the name of uniqueness when they probably should have leaned more towards professionalism. Terry: Are there specific strategies or mindsets you've adopted to maintain your individuality while working within a corporate structure? Aaron: Bo, this has been a great conversation. And we didn’t even hardly talk about sublimation. I know listeners can find you regularly online in your role with Conde. How can our listeners reach out to you and find you? Aaron: With it being Friday the 13th, are you superstitious? Or have any weird design printing rituals? Terry: We always love to look ahead, especially with 2023 winding down. What's your vision for the future of creativity in the decoration industry? https://www.youtube.com/embed/skZESg3VAdc?si=VsA3TOPWSAmk6x6d The Secret Sauce We serve up bite-sized tips for our #regulators to ins...
64:56 10/13/23
The REGGIEs Awards Announcement and Printing United Expo Preview
Join us for an exciting episode as we unveil the categories for the annual REGGIEs Awards, celebrating excellence in the garment decorating industry. Discover how you can participate and recognize outstanding achievements. Additionally, we'll dive into the Printing United Expo, sharing key details that matter to our audience. Learn about highlighted educational sessions, exciting events on the expo floor, and the role of the Alliance in meeting the industry's growing needs. We'll also introduce Brandy Jamison-Neth and her role with the Apparelist, a valuable outlet serving the industry. Whether you're a seasoned professional or new to the industry, this episode provides valuable insights and opportunities you won't want to miss! Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” https://youtu.be/kUxMsWzytiw Dad Joke I've started investing in stocks. Beef, Chicken, and Vegetable One day I hope to be a bouillonaire. Printing United Expo Preview Aaron: Welcome to the show Josh and Brandy. For any new listeners, could you each tell us a little about yourself, and how you found yourself in the industry? Terry: Brandy, you have a new position with Apparelist. Tell us about that.Reach out to me at bjneth@napco.com or LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/brandy-jamison-neth-78674563/ and stop by our site https://www.apparelist.com/  Aaron: The Printing United Expo in Atlanta is around the corner. Talk to us about the education opportunities there. Terry: Tell our listeners what to expect in the Apparel Zone. Aaron: Josh, tell us about the Future State Theatre. Terry: Anything about the show that we’ve missed? Aaron: How can our listeners get more information? https://decorators.ink/expo The REGGIEs Awards Announcement Aaron: REGGIE Awards Categories - To start the next decade of REGGIE awards in our 11th year we thought now was a great time to freshen up the names of the awards and then refine and make them more concise the awards. So we have reduced the number of categories but freshened them up with a new coat of paint so to speak.  Terry: Last year - Best New Product This category is for products that have impacted our industry in 2022. These products must have been released in the last 3 years and have not made the voting before. Sublimation Paints by Artesprix This year - same category just better description: 2023 Fresh Impact Product Award - This category shines a light on products that have made a notable difference in our industry during 2023. To qualify, products should have hit the market within the last three years and not have been on the voting list in previous years. This award aims to acknowledge the fresh and influential contributions these new products bring to our field, showcasing innovation and progress.  Aaron: Last Year - Best Customer Service Best Customer Service (List the Company and Person) - Share a specific company and if there is a person who stands out there, share that too. This company and team members are customer service-oriented.
76:44 10/6/23
The State of the Apparel Decorating Industry
Join us for a deep dive into 'The State of the Apparel Decorating Industry' as we welcome Cassie Green from the Apparelist. In this insightful episode, we explore the latest developments, business strategies, and technology insights driving the decoration industry. Discover how industry media and events play a crucial role in supporting these initiatives. Additionally, we're joined by an Apparelist Advisory Board member, Carlo Oviedo from Culture Studio, who sheds light on the board's function. He will also share his unique insights as a decorator with his pulse on the state of the industry. Tune in for valuable industry insights and actionable takeaways. Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” https://youtu.be/EGPbOr8HmP4 Dad Joke Terry: Did you know my girlfriend asked me to do her hair like a Rastafarian? Yeah, I'm dreading it The State of the Industry Aaron: Cassie, as Editor-in-Chief of the Apparelist, you have your finger on the pulse of the apparel decorating industry. Could you highlight some key developments or trends that are currently shaping the industry's landscape? Terry: What emerging technologies or markets are you seeing through the coverage at Apparelist? Aaron: What do you think is the importance of industry media and events? Could you share some insights into how regulators can maximize their businesses with these resources to stay informed and competitive? Terry: Cassie, you've had the opportunity to observe various strategies employed by successful businesses in the decoration industry through your role and travel with the Apparelist. Can you share some insights or success stories? How can listeners implement some of these strategies?  Aaron: Let’s welcome in an Apparelist Advisory Board member, Carlo Oviedo from Culture Studio. Carlo, share a little about yourself and your business with our listeners. Terry: A question for both of you. What is the Apparelist Advisory Board and what is its function in our industry? Carlo, let’s start with you. Cassie, How can our listeners get involved? Aaron: Carlo, as a member of the Apparelist Advisory Board, what motivated you to get involved, and how has your experience been so far in shaping industry content and direction?  Terry: Carlo, From your vantage point, how can decorators leverage technology and emerging trends to enhance their businesses and stay ahead in the highly competitive world of apparel decoration? Aaron: The Expo is right around the corner in Atlanta, GA. The 2 Regular Guys are going to be there. Carlo is going to be there and Cassie is going to be there. Cassie, can you share some of the things that regulators don’t want to miss besides hanging out with this awesome crew? https://decorators.ink/expo https://www.youtube.com/embed/8GEcXDFSudI?si=iK9tvtXFGercCdpF The Secret Sauce We serve up bite-sized tips for our #regulators to instantly spice up their decorated apparel business. Just like the perfect wing sauce, these quick tips can transform your business experience,
73:53 9/29/23
Setting the Gold Standard: Training and Standard Operating Procedures
Join Aaron and Terry for an exciting episode where they explore the vital process of establishing standards, defining training techniques, and refining operational procedures and materials. Whether you're honing your team's skills, integrating fresh talent, or charting an ambitious future for your shop, the host will give you the keys to achieving success. Unearth the common challenges that might be limiting your progress, and gain insight into techniques that have worked for the hosts with their combined 67 years of experience. Brace yourself for a lively, host-led discussion that will empower you to elevate your standards and cultivate a thriving business. Tune in to the 2 Regular Guys Podcast and set your course for excellence! Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” Dad Joke Erich: Where do bad rainbows go? To prism. It's a light sentence. Gives them time to reflect. Training and SOPs Aaron: I’m excited to dive in with you Terry on this topic. You are my go-to for learning about establishing standards, keeping you and your employees up to speed and creating processes. And you do it all with a junior yellow legal pad! It's also an area that I love to talk about as I work with new businesses because many of them come from the hobby mindset and efficiency is crucial and also one of my strengths. Hopefully, we can take our 67 years of combined experience and give the #regulators some gems today. Where should we start? Why is training important? New skills or techniques for new employees or current ones We’re all on the same page in how we do things What if it’s just me? Set aside time for your own training and education. By creating training for future potential employees, you get better (My volleyball Story - Aaron) How about processes and SOPs - Why are those important? What have we encountered as the typical “excuses” for skipping training and processes? What happens if I train my employees and they leave v what happens if you don’t and they stay? I like to be flexible - Overwhelmed? The role of consistency in both of these areas Terry’s 52/15 - Buy them lunch It's a cycle to improve processes. Document challenges and then improve the most painful after busy seasons. https://www.youtube.com/embed/2hX12tRMbuc?si=p5G87G0FslOxJq59 The Secret Sauce We serve up bite-sized tips for our #regulators to instantly spice up their decorated apparel business. Just like the perfect wing sauce, these quick tips can transform your business experience, adding flavor and depth to your operations. Each video in this playlist is a nugget of wisdom, carefully selected for its potential to bring immediate value to your work. So, whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting started in the decorated apparel industry, dip into our 'Secret Sauce' for insights that can help you soar. Remember, the right tip at the right time can be just the secret ingredient you need for success. https://youtu.be/gCv0213mDAc OTHER EVENTS Start Loving Your Business Today ❤️The FUNdamentals Of Busines...
66:28 9/22/23
Industry Insights: Trends, Tips, and Takeaways
Join us for a knowledge-packed episode of the 2 Regular Guys Podcast, featuring industry veteran Charlie Taublieb. With 47 years of experience in the business, Charlie is a treasure trove of insights and expertise. Aaron and Terry will discuss Charlie's rich journey in the industry, exploring key moments and experiences that have shaped his perspective. From his extensive summer road trips connecting with industry professionals to his upcoming seminars, Charlie offers a unique perspective on industry trends and tips. Discover valuable takeaways that apply to both newcomers and seasoned professionals in the world of decoration and printing. Charlie's golden nuggets of advice and observations will inspire, inform, and elevate your understanding of the industry. Whether you're looking for trends to watch, tips for success, or simply seeking to expand your industry knowledge, this episode with Charlie Taublieb is a must-listen. Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” https://youtu.be/Fd6Hu2NdWBo Dad Joke Did you know I picked up a hitchhiker last night? The hitchhiker laughed and said, "How do you know I'm not a serial killer?" I said, "The odds of two serial killers being in the same car are astronomical." Industry Insights Aaron: Charlie, for that one person who might be listening who doesn’t know you, tell us a little about yourself and your path into the industry. Terry: When and where did you speak at your first trade show, and how did that experience shape your approach to sharing industry insights? Aaron: So, you’ll be speaking next week at the Ft Worth Impressions Expo like the rest of the 2 Regular Guys Crew here. Tell us about your seminars there. Terry: Beyond the Ft. Worth Impressions Expo, you've been a frequent speaker at various industry events. Can you share some memorable moments or key takeaways from those experiences? Aaron: You have a new book out. Can you provide a sneak peek into some of the industry insights and practical knowledge that readers can expect to find in it? Terry: Your annual summer road trips are legendary. Could you share a few highlights from your 2023 journey? Any fascinating people or stories? Aaron: With 47 years of experience, you've seen the industry evolve. What trends or shifts have you observed recently that could impact both newcomers and established professionals? Terry: Where can our listeners find you, buy the book, and learn more about your consulting services? Aaron: We like to end an interview with one golden nugget. If you could distill your extensive industry experience into one piece of advice for someone new to the industry, what would it be? https://www.youtube.com/embed/NeeAdfHaPXI?si=kjDbB9epnEZ4-OAi The Secret Sauce We serve up bite-sized tips for our #regulators to instantly spice up their decorated apparel business. Just like the perfect wing sauce, these quick tips can transform your business experience, adding flavor and depth to your operations. Each video in this playlist is a nugget of wisdom,
69:38 9/8/23
Exploring Outsourcing: Pros, Cons, and Strategies
Outsourcing in the decoration industry. Discover the why and when of outsourcing and the benefits it offers, from introducing new decoration methods to focusing on core competencies and navigating production peaks. In this week's show, we will also explore the challenges of outsourcing and guide you through the considerations necessary to make informed decisions about outsourcing. How can you find the right vendor and engage in essential conversations to ensure a successful partnership? Whether you're contemplating outsourcing to expand your services or optimize your production process, this episode offers invaluable insights and strategies to maximize your success. Join Aaron, Terry, and Erich as they share their expertise and experiences in the dynamic world of outsourcing within the decoration industry. Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” Dad Joke Terry: From the “One Time in a Bar” series A priest, a minister and a rabbit walk into a barThe rabbit says, “I think I might be a typo.” Exploring Outsourcing Aaron: Which of our live listeners are outsourcing right now? Let us know in the comments. Terry: Why choose to outsource?To add a new decoration methodTo “get your feet wet” with a new technologyTo focus on what you do bestTo help you through peaks in productionSpace to grow (Self Sabotage due to fear of failure) Erich: What are some of the challenges?Loss of control of quality and timelinessReduced marginsResponsibility versus ownership Aaron: How do I find the right outsourcing vendor?Talk to industry friendsAsk for referencesInvest in a test Terry: What conversation should I have with a new vendor?Are you set up to do contract decorating?Do you offer this service seasonally only?Do your “full price” orders take priority over your contract work?What is your spoilage policy? https://www.youtube.com/embed/N6qtiVh2wFA?si=srIvMit82Y9Uls4Q The Secret Sauce We serve up bite-sized tips for our #regulators to instantly spice up their decorated apparel business. Just like the perfect wing sauce, these quick tips can transform your business experience, adding flavor and depth to your operations. Each video in this playlist is a nugget of wisdom, carefully selected for its potential to bring immediate value to your work. So, whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting started in the decorated apparel industry, dip into our 'Secret Sauce' for insights that can help you soar. Remember, the right tip at the right time can be just the secret ingredient you need for success. https://youtu.be/jzhQMYs8_Oo OTHER EVENTS Start Loving Your Business Today ❤️The FUNdamentals Of Business Success Book Radical Goal-Getters - Facilitated 6-Month Mastermind and Goal Achievement Group Complete Screen Printing Business Course with Atlas Screen Supply in Chicago starting August 26-27, 2023. Complete Screen Printing Business Course with Workhorse Products in Phoenix, AZ, September 23-24, 2023. Master of Success Inner Circle – Bi-Weekly Mastermind Groups on top of the industry-leading business traini...
74:51 9/1/23
Exploring Sales in Apparel Decorating
Abby Clarke from Transfer Express joins the 2 Regular Guys. Abby brings valuable insights gained from her experience and her passion for customer engagement. Tune in to gain fresh perspectives and industry insights that can enhance your approach to sales within the world of apparel decoration.We'll explore the facets of the industry that have captured Abby's fascination and how she integrates customer feedback into her approach to sales and customer engagement. Discover effective strategies she has mastered for building strong client relationships and driving sales in the ever-evolving landscape of apparel decoration. Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” https://youtu.be/H8BqyXl4jC0 Dad Joke Did you know that a frog can jump higher than the Eiffel Tower? Yup. The Eiffel Tower can't jump. Sales in Apparel Decorating Aaron: Welcome. Share a bit about your journey into the apparel decorating industry and how you developed your passion for sales? Terry: What aspects of the industry have you found most fascinating during your experience? Aaron: You've mentioned your listening ear for customer insights. How do you incorporate these insights into your approach to sales and customer engagement? Terry: Sales in the apparel decorating industry can be dynamic. Could you provide some strategies you've found effective in building meaningful client relationships? Aaron: How does customer education play a role in the success of apparel decoration sales? Terry: Let’s talk trends. What trends or shifts do you see in the future of sales and apparel decorating? Aaron: What advice would you give to newcomers who are looking to succeed in the world of apparel decoration? Terry: Where can the #Regulators connect with you? https://instagram.com/theabbyclarkehttps://www.linkedin.com/in/abby-clarke-596722237 Aaron: With a growing presence in the industry, what is your goal in contributing? https://www.youtube.com/embed/deSLDZ28RRc?si=djnihGI93n0vtH1_ The Secret Sauce We serve up bite-sized tips for our #regulators to instantly spice up their decorated apparel business. Just like the perfect wing sauce, these quick tips can transform your business experience, adding flavor and depth to your operations. Each video in this playlist is a nugget of wisdom, carefully selected for its potential to bring immediate value to your work. So, whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting started in the decorated apparel industry, dip into our 'Secret Sauce' for insights that can help you soar. Remember, the right tip at the right time can be just the secret ingredient you need for success. https://youtu.be/lsWUFgJ2ELE OTHER EVENTS Start Loving Your Business Today ❤️The FUNdamentals Of Business Success Book Radical Goal-Getters - Facilitated 6-Month Mastermind and Goal Achievement Group Complete Screen Printing Business Course with Atlas Screen Supply in Chicago starting August 26-27, 2023. Complete Screen Printing Business Course with Workhorse Products in Phoenix, AZ, September 23-24, 2023.
58:22 8/25/23
ASI/Counselor State of the Industry Report Breakdown
We welcome back Theresa Hegel, Editor for Counselor/ASI Media. Theresa will provide valuable insights into the industry landscape through a discussion of the ASI/Counselor State of the Industry report. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the current trends shaping the decorated apparel and promotional products industry and explore its journey from the challenges of the past to the opportunities of the present. Discover the fascinating details behind the industry's recent experiences, rebound, and recovery, and get ready to navigate the future with informed strategies. We are excited to welcome be back taking a deep dive into the State of the Industry report's statistics and strategies that can empower and enhance your business decisions. Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” Dad Joke One time in a bar the bartender yelled, “Does anyone know CPR?”  I said, “I know the whole alphabet”  Everyone laughed… except this one guy State of the Industry Erich: Theresa, you’ve been on the show several times but for our new listeners, tell us a little about yourself and how you found your way into the industry. Terry: Tell us about the 2023 State of the Industry Survey and how it’s compiled. We have many listeners who are in the promotional/branded marketplace, plus I’m sure this information is translatable to straight garment decorators as well. Erich: Lots of information here, and we (for the most part) only have a 1 hour show. Let’s pick out some of the categories that you can share with our listeners. How about starting with the health of the industry after the pandemic we shall not speak of? Industry is back: promo sales in 2022 matched 2019 numbers: $25.8 billion Terry: A category that caught my eye, because I talk to new decorators all the time, is Order Values and Pricing. What have you learned on that subject? Order Values/Pricing: Average gross profit margins for distributors reached 36% in 2022, second year in a row that they increased (highest increase since 2019) – but many suppliers have had to hike prices (due to higher labor rates, increased cost of raw materials, etc.) so that could cut into margins for distributors. Erich: Let’s talk trends. What does the survey tell us people are buying? T-shirts are still number 1; drinkware is hot; PPE sales way down; and flags and banners are up (thanks to return of events and trade shows) Terry: So we’ve discussed what people are buying, but who are the buyers? Top markets: Education is the #1 market for promo for the eight time in nine years (in 2020 healthcare took the top spot for obvious reasons). Erich: We all remember pictures of cargo ships lined up and waiting to unload not so long ago. Share what you found about the Supply Chain. Supply chain issues related to the pandemic are largely over – but it’s worth having failsafe and backups in case new inventory shortages or snags happen down the line. Terry: Probably the most common term you hear today, that most of us rarely heard just a few years ago. Let’s talk Sustainability.
60:04 8/18/23
Engaging in the Industry
Join Terry Combs and Aaron Montgomery in exploring the concept of participation within the industry. They share personal anecdotes, insights, and lessons learned from their own experiences, emphasizing the importance of sharing knowledge, building relationships, and growing together. From the early days of secretive practices to the present era of open collaboration, they explore how participation has evolved and why it's more crucial than ever. They also discuss the human instincts of competition, the unique strengths that make each business special, and the rewarding feeling of helping others succeed. Tune in for a rich conversation filled with humor, wisdom, and a genuine passion for the industry. Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” Dad Joke Do you know the difference between a literalist and a kleptomaniac? A literalist takes things literally.A kleptomaniac takes things… literally. Industry Participation In this engaging episode of the Two Regular Guys Podcast, hosts Terry Combs and Aaron Montgomery explore the multifaceted concept of participation within the industry. They embark on a journey that takes listeners from the early days of the industry, marked by secretive practices, to the present era of open collaboration and sharing. Personal Beginnings Terry and Aaron kick off the episode by reflecting on their personal beginnings in the industry. Terry shares his nervous experience of conducting his first seminar back in 1991, facing a crowd of 150 people. He recalls how introducing himself as a "regular guy" resonated with the audience, setting the stage for a more relaxed and engaging interaction. Evolution of Participation The hosts discuss the evolution of participation in the industry. They note how the industry has come a long way from a time when information was closely guarded. With the advent of the internet and more trade shows, doors have opened for sharing knowledge and experiences. Terry emphasizes that everyone has unique insights and experiences that can benefit others, even if they think their knowledge is common. The Importance of Sharing The episode emphasizes the importance of sharing knowledge without expecting anything in return. Aaron shares a profound lesson from a mentor: "You just can't out give the universe." This philosophy underscores the belief that giving leads to receiving in unexpected ways. The hosts also highlight how participation has led to opportunities, relationships, and learning experiences for them. Human Instincts and Competition Terry and Aaron delve into the human instincts of competition, acknowledging that these instincts can sometimes hinder collaboration. They argue that in today's world, there's no need for cutthroat competition. What makes a business unique is the individuals and their specific strengths, not hoarding secrets. Stories and Experiences Throughout the episode, Terry and Aaron share personal stories and experiences that bring their insights to life. Whether it's Terry's anecdotes from his screen printing classes or Aaron's reflec...
69:55 8/11/23
Building Your Creative Muscle
Business Differentiation with Jeremy Picker. Join us in this episode of the 2 Regular Guys Podcast, where we welcome Jeremy Picker of Amb3r Creative. With a unique ability to tap into the creative potential of both "creatives" and non-creatives, Jeremy will share insights on building your creative muscle and leveraging creativity and empathy to set your business apart. Discover how to go beyond the standard client projects, energize your customer interactions, and use merchandising to strengthen your brand. Gain easy tips to improve creativity, implement innovative thinking across various aspects of your company, and learn how even non-creative individuals can contribute to helping customers in meaningful ways. Get ready to unlock your creative potential and take your business to new heights. Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” https://youtu.be/x6ToGxhwC3w Dad Joke Someone has glued my pack of cards together I don't know how to deal with it. Creative Muscle Aaron: Welcome. We have been fortunate to have you join us in the past and it is always an amazing conversation with lots of wonderful insight for all of the decorators community. For the benefit of our new listeners, tell us a little about you, and what brought you to the industry. Give us a quick Jeremy 101 lesson. Erich: With the fast-paced nature of what many of the Regulators have to do to keep up with the demand of their clients, how do we find the time and space to delve deeper into client projects, beyond what they initially present to us? Erich: We know through watching what you do in the industry that creativity can extend beyond the product itself. How do you suggest implementing creativity in other parts of a company to create a cohesive and innovative brand experience? Aaron: The idea we are exploring today is building our creative muscle. Could you share some practical and easy ways for Regulators to enhance their creativity in their day-to-day processes? Erich: Where can people go to find out more about Amb3r and connect with you? https://www.youtube.com/embed/O-HnzXuG3Os The Secret Sauce https://youtu.be/mJMxd41Welw We serve up bite-sized tips for our #regulators to instantly spice up their decorated apparel business. Just like the perfect wing sauce, these quick tips can transform your business experience, adding flavor and depth to your operations. Each video in this playlist is a nugget of wisdom, carefully selected for its potential to bring immediate value to your work. So, whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting started in the decorated apparel industry, dip into our 'Secret Sauce' for insights that can help you soar. Remember, the right tip at the right time can be just the secret ingredient you need for success. OTHER EVENTS Start Loving Your Business Today ❤️The FUNdamentals Of Business Success Book Radical Goal-Getters - Facilitated 6-Month Mastermind and Goal Achievement Group Complete Screen Printing Business Course with Atlas Screen Supply in Chicago starting August 26-27, 2023.
72:43 8/4/23
Elevating Your Embroidery Toolbox
In this week's episode, we welcome the talented Joe Kramar, a long-time digitizer, designer, and master of premium merchandise. Join us as Joe shares invaluable insights on how embroiderers can take their craft beyond the basics and achieve superior, impactful stitching. With an impressive 29 years of experience in every venue from retail to commercial embroidery and beyond, Joe is the perfect guide to help elevate your embroidery toolbox. Discover easy methods that embroidery shops can implement to enhance their embroidery level, and gain confidence to explore new techniques and designs. Get ready to take your embroidery craftsmanship to the next level. Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” https://youtu.be/S-ugPYIoFpo Dad Joke Why did the vegan cross the road? To tell yet another person they’re a vegan. Embroidery Toolbox Erich: Tell our listeners a little about yourself and how you found yourself in our industry. Terry: Seeing the projects you share, you have more of a ‘retail’ look than we’re used to seeing in b2b embroidery. How do you think the mindset differs between traditional, commercial embroidery and the things you do? Erich: The headline for today is all about elevating the embroidery ‘toolbox’ - when you talk about the ‘tools’ embroiderers have at their disposal, what do you mean? Literal tools, software, techniques - let’s talk about that embroidery arsenal. Terry: Obviously, you are always looking to elevate design and execution in your work. Why do you think that’s important for the shops out there? What effect does elevating your work have? Terry: Once folks are doing this elevated work, you have to get customers on board to do more. What are your top short tips for getting a customer to be more creative with their merch? Erich: We always like to leave with an opportunity to gain any last insights. What would be the #1 piece of advice for new or established embroiderers who want to elevate their work? Terry: How can our listeners reach out to you? https://www.youtube.com/embed/wfpBf2k-RYY The Secret Sauce https://youtu.be/ptLFdJxAZQ0 We serve up bite-sized tips for our #regulators to instantly spice up their decorated apparel business. Just like the perfect wing sauce, these quick tips can transform your business experience, adding flavor and depth to your operations. Each video in this playlist is a nugget of wisdom, carefully selected for its potential to bring immediate value to your work. So, whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting started in the decorated apparel industry, dip into our 'Secret Sauce' for insights that can help you soar. Remember, the right tip at the right time can be just the secret ingredient you need for success. OTHER EVENTS Radical Goal-Getters - Facilitated 6-Month Mastermind and Goal Achievement Group Complete Screen Printing Business Course with Atlas Screen Supply in Chicago starting August 26-27, 2023. Complete Screen Printing Business Course with Workhorse Products in Phoenix, AZ, September 23-24, 2023.
65:41 7/28/23
Unleashing Killer Graphics: DTG and Beyond with Dan Short
Join us as we dive into an exciting episode of the 2 Regular Guys Podcast, featuring Dan Short, a seasoned graphic designer and accomplished decorator. With over 25 years of experience in the graphics and print industry, Dan shares his invaluable insights on creating killer graphics, harnessing the power of current events, and more. Get ready for an engaging conversation as we explore Dan's unique approach, learn about his diverse decoration methods, and uncover valuable takeaways from his journey in the industry. Don't miss this opportunity to gain practical tips, inspiration, and a dose of Dan's distinctive humor, all centered around the world of DTG and beyond. Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants, lectures, or selling. 2 Regular Guys was not created 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 improve your business and our industry. 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! 🏆🤑 Ready to have clarity and confidence in your business? 🥇🎯 Got to https://oursuccessgroup.com/tryosg News If you have anything newsworthy you would like us to share, please email details to info@2regularguys.com. Use the subject line “Weekly News.” https://youtu.be/4fhICiFA9_4 Dad Joke Did I tell you I’m giving up drinking for a month?Sorry that came out wrong.I’m giving up. Drinking for a month. Killer Graphics Aaron: Welcome to the show, Dan. Tell us a little about yourself and how you found your way to this industry. Terry: We mentioned DTG printing but that’s not all you do. What decoration methods do you use in your business? Aaron: How important is it to you to become an expert at your craft? Terry: So what’s most important to you about the graphics you create? What separates you from some competitors? Terry: So you’re always on the lookout for the next current event to turn into a printed garment. Talk to us about that. Aaron: So you’ve made some changes recently in your location from Glendale to Tempe, AZ. Tell us about that and how your selling approach has changed. Terry: Dan, how can our listeners find you? Drunkenleprechaun.com https://www.facebook.com/shortdesignsaz https://www.facebook.com/DrunkenLeprechaunCreations Aaron: We always like to leave with an opportunity to gain any last insights. What would be the #1 piece of advice you wish you had gotten before starting your business? https://www.youtube.com/embed/LNRDCKxZDKk The Secret Sauce https://youtu.be/boKNk-Bbutk We serve up bite-sized tips for our #regulators to instantly spice up their decorated apparel business. Just like the perfect wing sauce, these quick tips can transform your business experience, adding flavor and depth to your operations. Each video in this playlist is a nugget of wisdom, carefully selected for its potential to bring immediate value to your work. So, whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting started in the decorated apparel industry, dip into our 'Secret Sauce' for insights that can help you soar. Remember, the right tip at the right time can be just the secret ingredient you need for success. OTHER EVENTS Radical Goal-Getters - Facilitated 6-Month Mastermind and Goal Achievement Group Complete Screen Printing Business Course with Atlas Screen Supply in Chicago starting August 26-27, 2023. Complete Screen Printing Business Course with Workhorse Products in Phoenix, AZ, September 23-24, 2023. Master of Success Inner Circle – Bi-Weekly Mastermind Groups on top of the industry-leading business training.
63:39 7/21/23

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