All year long it seems that studio owners are on the run. Each day there’s a new set of challenges that can arise in the running of the studio and each day if you are also a teacher there are classes to prepare and choreography to create and complete, just to name a few things that we are required to take care of. All of this requires teamwork of major proportions. Perhaps you own a small studio or are just starting out it really doesn’t matter, you still need a team to make it all work. Your team could perhaps consist of two people or twenty; the main objective is that whoever you surround yourself with as a studio owner needs to be an asset to your business. The most important thing that you can do for the growth of your business is to make yourself more valuable. So, how do you do this? I really do believe that the best way to give you more value in every aspect is to keep finding ways to improve yourself.Read More
Every Problem Has a Solution: Adventures in Creative Thinking
In business, you will be from time to time faced with tough decisions, problems and issues. It may be about an employee, student or parent. Maybe it is a money issue or dealing with your landlord. How many times have you caught yourself thinking that there couldn’t possibly be a solution to a problem – and that a particular problem just leads to a dead end? How many times have you felt stumped knowing that the problem before you is one you cannot solve or that you have little or no options to do so? The pressure of having to solve such a problem may be overwhelming. The worst thing to do is to avoid it. However, once you start to address issues and find solutions you are on your way to becoming a problem solver! Problem solving can be very empowering to the business owner. Every solution will bring you to a higher level of knowing you can resolve issues.Read More
Employee Satisfaction...It's Easier Than You Think!
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This Summer Get the Word Out About Your Studio
Summer is a great time to get out and about in your community for performances, demonstrations, lectures and workshops. We have for years, used the summer to build awareness about our school and the programs that we offer. Best of all, you may even get paid to do these performances! If you have a competition group, company or even a small group of dancers who you think could be entertaining, you have a readymade entertainment road show. How about teaching a class at an outdoor event, party or function? These are wonderful ways to take your teaching talents out of the studio and into the community. You could also do a seminar on a topic that you are passionate about. Think of it as a community tour of your dance school. If you go to them they just may end up coming to you in the fall for dance lessons!Read More