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March 19, 2021 55 min

Hey Scaling Up Nation! Fellow Mastermind member Conor Parrish is interviewing me in part one of a two-part series starting today. Conor Parrish is Director of Business Development at FCT Water Treatment. He attended Drake University, graduated with a degree in Environmental Science, and then moved to Colorado to take an opportunity with FCT Water. He has his CWT and has been in the industry for 6 years; it is a privilege to have him on the show.   

For those who have been longtime listeners, you’ll know that I was hoping that my staff would listen to it when I started the podcast. I never imagined that what began as a passion project would turn into something that thousands of water treaters listen to each week. 

I am humbled and honored to be the host of this podcast. It has allowed me to teach and give back to the professional water treatment industry I care about so much. 

I hope you enjoy today’s episode! 

Your roadside friend, as you travel from client to client, 

- Trace 

Timestamps:  

James’ Challenge: “Determine the volume of a cooling or closed loops system by calculation and tracer addition.” [5:25] 

Conor Parrish interviews Trace Blackmore [7:30] 

Why do you do the podcast each week? What is your motivation? [8:50] 

What was the most challenging podcast you’ve ever created? [11:14] 

How has the podcast evolved since 2017? [14:48]  

As the show evolved, what are some of the changes you’ve seen when asking guests to be on the show or what topics guests want to discuss? [19:00] 

What have listeners told you about the impact of this podcast? Anything new on the podcast that we can look forward to it? [21:20] 

How do you balance all of your commitments? [28:25] 

What advice would you give to a water treater feeling burnout in their job? [45:50] 

Trace’s Challenge: When was the last time you worked on your leadership style? [52:55] 

Quotes:  

“I love this podcast because it allows me to teach others about water treatment.” - Trace Blackmore 

“The podcast and Mastermind allow me to help raise that bar in the water treatment industry.” -Trace Blackmore 

“The reason the Scaling UP! H2O podcast is a success is because I have such great guests!” - Trace Blackmore 

“One of the bad things about this podcast is that there is a lot of technology needed, and I am a technology junkie, so I’m always wanting to buy that next new gadget to make the show better.” - Trace Blackmore 

“I’m humbled and pleased that people enjoy the podcast.” - Trace Blackmore 

“Whenever someone asks me to do something, I always ask myself: If I say “Yes” to this, what am I inherently saying “No” to?” - Trace Blackmore 

“Have you ever been too busy driving to stop for gas?” - Stephen Covey  

“When you put a value on your time, you realize what the cost is when you’re doing something else.” - Trace Blackmore 

Links Mentioned: 

Conor Parrish, CWT 

World Water Day (3. 22) 

Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven - Episode 166  

Ray Baum Memorial Water Technologist of the Year Award Recipient   

Planning - Episode 178  

Rocketbook 

Rising Tide Mastermind   

 Events: 

2021 World Water Day (3.22) 

Business Owners Webinar (3.26) with Tim Fulton  

The Hang networking event (4.8.21 at 6PM EST) 

AWT Technical Training AWT (5.5)   

 Books Mentioned: 

Atomic Habits 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People 

 

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