Out & About: What’s Saving My Life Right Now

Out & About: What’s Saving My Life Right Now

It’s list-making, boo.

 

This is the part where my closest friends, family members, husband and co-workers all roll their eyes. What an anti-climatic blog post this turned out to be for you! #snoozefest #letdown

I’ll be the first to admit that I absolutely do NOT have it 100% together all the time. I am a Type-A list-maker though. Yes, I enjoy the satisfaction of striking a bold mark (with of course one of my favorite PaperMate Flair pens orrrr Zig Writers if I’m feeling froggy) through my to-do items. However, I’ll let you in on the cold, hard truth.

 

If I don’t write it down, there’s a 90% chance it’s going to be forgotten. 

 

I love knowing all about the different work styles out there, understanding various methods of remembering tasks, and how brains file away information uniquely. Part of this is my odd fascination with my own shortcomings and successful moments when it comes to my work-life and productivity in general.

All of this to say, when my schedule gets a little crazy, I step in to hyper-list-making-mode. It’s a scientific term. That I made up myself. So it’s not scientific at all actually. Ok, fine. I made it up.

When I’m drowning in one of these paralyzing ruts personally and/or professionally, I find that it is extremely difficult for me to move forward into a productive mode without initially creating a list. I then analyze, prioritize, and strategize. I view it as an ATTACK. That process makes it possible for me to function AT ALL when I’m stressed out. Otherwise, my eyes are darting in 75 directions, my life feels out-of-control, and my mind teeters on the verge of “Forced Shut Down.” (We all fear the wheel of death…)

 

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My best advice to you during this hectic time at the beginning of a new school year is to WRITE IT DOWN. My family loves recounting this mantra that Mrs. Welch, my high school AP US History Teacher and Cheer Coach, repeated over and over. My twin sisters who were almost a decade ahead of me in school (sorry for aging you Court and Whit!) first heard this advice from Mrs. Welch when they had her back in the day, and her message hadn’t changed a bit when I came through as well. *Insert my deepest desire for you to be able to hear the theatrical way she relayed this and quite frankly ALL of her famous phrases. Trust me, you’re missing out.*

 

Why did she repeat this saying over and over and over in class? Well… First of all, history repeats itself. If we didn’t have records of what happened in the past, we’d keep making the same mistakes again. But, she also applied it to a written code of laws. Those are important for several reasons. Number one being that they create a shared reference. Number two is that if you can read the law (or if someone reads it to you), you can ultimately follow the law. Thanks, Mrs. Welch. I hope I’m still making you proud at 30 years old! 😉

 

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Thoughts are fabulous. Ideas are even better. If we didn’t have creative brains that fantasize and eventually produce, we would have a bunch of problems with no solutions. However, if those abstract schemes do not make it to paper, it is extremely difficult to reign them in, analyze all possible outcomes, work through the potential obstacles, and finally execute them beautifully. Bottom line, it is important to have “brain-dumps” from time to time. Get it out. Look at it. Decide what is most important. Find your answers and then drag them home.

This may not be great advice for brains that operate differently than mine, and if that happens to be the case for you congrats for making it this far into the post. You’re now dismissed.

For those of you who KNOW this works for you or you’ve never committed to trying it wholeheartedly, I encourage you to give yourself 10 minutes at the beginning of every day this week to spill out all those to-do items. Plop down a list of the emails that need to be sent, dance moms who need to be dealt with (bless your dear soul sweet friend), facility repairs that need to be made, lesson plans waiting for your attention, music to be cut, paperwork to be completed, etc. Buy yourself one of those fancy sets of pens that I drool over (links included above) 👆and most importantly, select ONE notebook for this activity. Here’s one with a cute, durable hardboard cover that I like!

 

You’ll thank me later when you see your co-worker struggling to locate that one list in the pit of her bottomless purse. My dad calls that “no man’s land.” 🤣  Was it on the back of that empty envelope, or in the corner of that crumpled up receipt?

We’ll neeeeever know!!!!

 

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Pro Tip:

When I’m on the go, teaching class, or in a meeting away from my handy-dandy old-school 1995 notebook, I like to send myself emails. I sort my emails by “unread” on both my phone and my desktop. Those are the only ones at the tip top. That way, anything that still requires my attention later, whether someone else sent it to me or I sent it to myself, it will get done. I don’t allow an email to be marked as read until I know that I’ve handled every action that it required of me.

My unread emails are incredibly low compared to others that I’ve seen. (You know, those inboxes that come daringly close to sending me into cardiac arrest.) I always click the box to the left of my unopened emails and delete them in batches every time junk mail comes through. You. Gotta. Go. That’s the only way I know what’s truly needed of me!

 

I hope these ramblings help you sort through the mountain of thoughts fighting for your time and attention this week!

Well, team. It’s been real. And your suspicions of my insanity are probably pretty close to being confirmed. Until next time, when I can push that opinion on over the edge into “100% confirmed crazy…” See ya here next week!

 

 

 

(P.S. I’m leaving this little trip down memory lane here for you as A– proof that I did in fact cheer and B– as documentation that I’ve always been the tall chick in the back. I wish I had a picture on my computer with Mrs. Welch to share with you. She’s one of a kind! I assure you, she was most likely the one taking this photo. Raney, Laine and Kristen, I miss these times, ladies. We made it count!) 😉

CLAIRE O’SHEA: FALL BACK WITH LOVE WITH YOUR BUSINESS BY SYSTEMISING YOUR STUDIO FOR SUCCESS- DIGITALLY

CLAIRE O’SHEA: FALL BACK WITH LOVE WITH YOUR BUSINESS BY SYSTEMISING YOUR STUDIO FOR SUCCESS- DIGITALLY

I have been so thrilled to be featured as a guest on the Studio To Go blog. In my past blogs I discussed in depth the types of technology to implement in your studio to help get your busy growing and running without you. For those of you who don’t know me, hi! My name is Claire O’Shea and I am a Dance Educator, Studio Owner and business & mindset coach who works with dance studio entrepreneurs eager to grow, scale, and transform their business into an empire, by teaching my practical systemising strategies geared towards a clear direction for ultimate profitability & success. I also host weekly episodes & interviews on my podcast The Business of Dance Podcast (where the lovely team from STG have also featured), which provides useful information, tips & tricks for the everyday dance entrepreneur! Today I want share a little bit about a strategy that completely changed my life, and enabled me to build my dream team as well as scale and grow my business beyond my wildest dreams! Drumroll please……. introducing Systemisation!

I see a lot of studio owners struggling to keep up with all the tasks when running their studio, team and even managing side projects with a Virtual Assistant. I’ve been there myself so I can totally relate to the pressure. That being said I noticed a HUGE difference in the way I was running my studio when I started to implement the strategy of systemisation within my business. This gave me the confidence to move forward with my business without the stress, giving it the ability to scale & thrive nearly automatically! Systemising your studio is a game changer when it comes to managing all the tasks at hand and can relieve that added stress from your shoulders so you can live your dream life & grow your studio to its fullest potential.

So what is systemising exactly?

Well a system is a procedure, process, method, or course of action designed to obtain a specific result, goal or completion of tasks. The steps you take will work together for the good of the whole project, or goal. Thus creating effective systems within your business is the only way to obtain results consistently, in a measurable way to ultimately benefit your staff, students and parents. Systems are used in all kinds of businesses these days, so why not YOUR very own Business of Dance?

When it comes to systemising, these days everything is digitised. It may seem daunting at first glance, but when you compare it to the “old school” way of doing things (handwritten to do lists a mile long and post it notes everywhere) it is SO much easier to have everything all in one place instead of scattering around trying to find where you left that parents phone number you know you need to call back. Imagine you have every document, file, photo, class outline, concert info, and more all categorised in one location: the internet! Now, that’s systemising digitally! There are many systemising tools out there you can use for your studio but my personal favourite and the one I use in my business is Trello.
[If you would like more information about trello feel free to watch my FREE Masterclass all about Systemise with Trello Here: http://www.claireosheacoaching.com/systemiseforsuccessvideo ]

I want to change the way others view their business, and how to fall in love with their studio all over again. To bring them back to their true vision and reason to why they started their business in the first place; the love of Dance Education! Isn’t that what it’s all about?

To be able to focus on this wholeheartedly, systemisation is key!

Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Outline the most important tasks in your studio
  • take note of all the important tasks for your studio
  • write them down as you do them
  • set out a plan in place  
  • start to categorize your tasks
  • Delegate
  • automate these tasks by outsourcing to a VA, admin or another team member
  • = gives you the time and freedom to focus on growing your studio and the bigger projects at hand
  • Choose a program to systemise with
  • Trello & Asana are great options!
  • Repeat
  • write out your tasks and know which tasks you can delegate to your team
  • Rinse & repeat to save time and reduce your stress load!

 

With Technology by our side, there is nearly nothing we cannot do in this day in age. So let’s make the most of it and use these crazy gadgets to change the way we run our business and make the world a better place by sharing our love for dance!

Are you a Dance Studio Entrepreneur who dreams of having a studio that doesn’t require them to run it 24/7? Are you just starting out and don’t know where to start? Discover how to practically systemise your studio & scale your business into a dance empire that dramatically increase your profits whilst creating more freedom. Find out more here: http://www.claireosheacoaching.com/systemiseforsuccessvideo

You can follow Claire on instagram @claireosheacoaching and find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/claireosheacoaching/

 

THREE WAYS TO GROW YOUR STUDENT NUMBERS WITH TECHNOLOGY

THREE WAYS TO GROW YOUR STUDENT NUMBERS WITH TECHNOLOGY

While it is all well and good to have a stellar list of programs & techie tips to use in your studio, what’s the use if you aren’t sure how they are going to help grow your studio? Well strap in folks, because today I am here to tell you all about 3 different ways to utilise different technology tools within your business to grow your student numbers! Let’s breakdown the main areas you should be focussing on right now, to get more students through the door. Now, if that isn’t cause for celebration I don’t know what is!

#1 Mini Website Make-over

Whether you like it or not, your website is one of the first places people go to find out more about your studio. Does that make you feel proud or anxious? Gone are the days we can create a new website and not update it for 5 years. It is vital to be reviewing your website regularly and updating downloads, class information, teacher information & the whole site in general.

If you haven’t done an update or review recently I would suggest sitting down with a friend, relative or partner (but an honest one!) and go through each page and make notes where links are no longer working, information is old or the page generally needs a spruce (that could be photos or text). Try and look at your site from the eyes of a potential new parent and focus on ultimate functionality, ease & the WOW factor!

My top tips for a stellar website:

  • Ensure your contact information is on the top tabs and at the bottom of every page
  • Have a video of yourself or your students on the Homepage, welcoming the potential new family to the studio and sharing a little about your studio
  • Ensure the colours reflect that of your brand
  • Don’t over clutter your site – ensure it is clean, visually appealing & photos are high quality
  • Have a clear ‘call to action’ – do you want them to enroll on the spot? Book a trial? Call you? Have that text clearly displayed with the information there to support them to act now

In the eyes of Google, the more you make sure your site is up to date & current (including regular updates with Blog posts and the like), you are going to increase your SEO (search engine optimization) exponentially! Remember – get that honest friend to be frank and make a few changes to tidy up your website, provide clear instructions and encourage new families to come to your studio.

#2 Live video on Social Media Channels

We all know recently that the social media platforms have been changing their algorithms. Take Facebook for example, their recent changes mean that posts from family and friends are more likely to be seen in your newsfeed than posts from businesses or pages that you have ‘liked’ in the past. Did you know that less than 6% of your followers generally see your organic posts? While that might be a shock, that is no cause to panic! We have all worked hard to grow our following and there are definitely still ways you can get people to see your posts without having to ‘pay to play’ every single day.

Drumroll please………. Live videos!

Yes, you heard me and please don’t cringe. But if you aren’t already, this is something you NEED to start incorporating into your business and it doesn’t mean it has to be a 5 minute video of you talking live to the camera.

Here are some stats to back me up:

  1. Facebook Live Videos are watched 3x longer than videos that aren’t live anymore
  2. Users comment on Facebook Live Videos at 10x the rate of regular videos
  3. Internet Video Traffic will be over 80% of all consumer internet traffic in 4 yrs
  4. Video marketing creates stronger customer engagement
  5. 45% of people watch more than an hour of Facebook or YouTube videos a week
  6. 85% of Facebook videos are watched without sound (so maybe add some subtitles)
  7. Native videos on Facebook have 10 times higher reach compared to YouTube links

Are you starting to come around to the magic that is live video? If you are new to video and don’t feel comfortable being on camera there is a HEAP you can still do to incorporate it into your social media presence & plan.

Here are some ideas for your live videos:

  • Showing behind-the-scenes moments at the studio, events or in class
  • Partnering with other local businesses to cross promote
  • Developing Q&A sessions with parents & students to answer frequently asked questions
  • Creating live how-to videos on a topic relevant to your studio families. Like ‘how to do a 5 minute ballet bun’, ‘how to clean your dance shoes’ and the list goes on!
  • Posting daily or weekly video series that people can expect and look forward to

#3 Grow your Email list

It might be scary to think about…. but we do not own any of the audiences we have spent years, time and energy creating, growing and nurturing on social media. If our friend Mr Zuckerberg decided tomorrow that there should be no business pages anymore, all of the audiences we have built up could disappear. Now, I really doubt that that would ever happen, but in my opinion (and it could be the control freak in me) I also rather spend more time and effort cultivating & growing an email list where I have complete control of what people see, when an email from me lands in their inbox.

Over the last year I have put a lot more time and effort into growing my email list of people that aren’t currently attending the studio. That could include people we took enquiries from but never heard back from, past students, workshop attendees or the general public. You may ask, why would you bother spending time on people that aren’t enrolled at your studio? Of course, a lot of my time goes into nurturing my enrolled families, but by growing this list of ‘not enrolled’ families & keeping them up to date with all the wonderful events and information resources we have at the studio, when the time comes around for me to ‘sell’ to them (whether that be workshops, recital/concert tickets or to enrol in classes), you don’t feel ‘salesy’ or ‘pushy’ as by this time you have also provided so much free value for them throughout the year (whether that be articles about child development, homework hacks or free events). By constantly inviting people into the studio, we have noticed exponential growth in our student numbers in general, as well as the known information about our studio when new families walk through the door.

There are some fantastic free resources and programs out there to get you started. My obsession with email lists is ever expanding and I will be sure to share more information and specifics with you on the Podcast (Business of Dance) and in future blog posts! BUT my tip to you would be start creating & saving your database today!

Now, that’s a wrap!! My 3 tips for growing your student numbers with technology! There is a lot to absorb in this post, but even by incorporating a few tips I am sure you will get some value from it and start seeing growth in your studio!

Are you a Dance Studio Entrepreneur who dreams of having a studio that doesn’t require them to run it 24/7? Are you just starting out and don’t know where to start? Discover how to practically systemise your studio & scale your business into a dance empire that dramatically increase your profits whilst creating more freedom. Find out more here: http://www.claireosheacoaching.com/systemiseforsuccessvideo

You can follow Claire on instagram @claireosheacoaching and find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/claireosheacoaching/

Sources:
http://mediakix.com/2017/03/facebook-live-statistics-video-streaming-to-know/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/tjmccue/2017/09/22/top-10-video-marketing-trends-and-statistics-roundup-2017/

https://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2017/03/08/video-marketing-statistics

New Year, New You

New Year, New You

It’s a new year, which usually means everyone is thinking about how to improve this year. Common resolutions include health, home life, money, and business. Personally, I don’t do resolutions, BUT I am a huge goal setter.

For me, setting goals happens multiple times throughout the year, but there is a special magic to it around this time. As business owners, this is the time of year to set your business up for success. As a dance studio owner, this is the time of year to get your studio on track for the remainder of the dance season, as well as to start thinking about the coming dance season. It may seem never-ending!

Are you someone who doesn’t naturally do well with goal setting? Well, let’s take a look ahead at some of the things you should be focusing on this time of year:

1- Recitals: I’m sure most of you are already on top of this one, but just in case you aren’t, recital prep should be at top of mind. There’s the obvious (costumes being ordered and sorted), but there’s also the things you can do now to save you time and hassle later. What items do you usually wait until the last minute to cross of your to-do list? Could you go ahead and spread those out across the course of the coming months to lighten your load?

2-Financials: Yeah, I know. This isn’t my favor either…and I’m assuming it isn’t yours. After all, we didn’t choose to go into finance. However, it is key to the health of your studio. Reflect back on last year’s financials. Are there areas you could shave unescessary expenses? Where would you like to be in 2018? Take the difference and find ways to get there? Could that mean going to digital announcements instead of paper to reduce costs? Could that mean adding on 15 new students to increase monthly revenue? Whatever it is, you need to have a tangible goal and a course of action that will get you there.

3-Summer: Summer camps and any classes or workshops should be finalized now. Parents register children early, and you don’t want to miss the boat. In addition, check in with your staff and find out what their summer plans are. Many will welcome the extra income opportunities.

4-Fall scheduling: We’re not quite there yet, but in the coming months (usually around March for us), we          go ahead and get our teacher’s availability for the coming year. Who isn’t coming back? Are we adding classes? Do we need to hire? It’s always better to be ahead of the game in hiring. That way you get first pick of the talent out there and you can take your time to hire the right person. You don’t want to be caught desperate and settling for someone that isn’t the right fit for your studio.

5. Marketing: It’s the perfect time to evaluate your marketing efforts. What are those efforts? What is working? What isn’t? If you’re doing incentives like Bring a Friend Week, how many new students does that get in the door? Could you add an additional one each year to increase enrollment, or maybe make it evergreen and hand out current families a few “passes” to bring a friend in during certain times of the year? How are you communicating to families? Could it be improved? Are you utilizing social media to your advantage? Take a look at your goals for 2018 and determine how you can use marketing to get you there.

6. Staff: You’re not the only one who is feeling motivated this time of year. Use this time to nurture your staff. Have some weak links? Provide them some extra training, and if they don’t improve, it’s may be time to see them go after this dance season. Have some rockstars? Nurture them. Check in and see how you can help them with their goals in 2018.

7. Yourself: We’ve all heard it, “You have to take care of yourself first.” It’s true. This is the perfect time of year to start taking care of you. Your business will never be at its best if you’re not in a good place. Make some healthier choices. Whether that be 5 minutes of meditating each morning, trying out yoga, bringing healthy meals to the studio with you, walking 20 minutes a day, committing to making more time for friends and family, etc. Whatever it is, find something. You can start small, but at least start. A 1% change over the course of the year brings forward huge results!

Make 2018 a great year for you and your studio. At Studio To Go, we believe that business should be successful. We also believe that there should be a lot of fun and joy in your business. It’s never too late to make a new start, and setting measurable goals is the fastest way to get the results you desire!

Cheers- Leah

4 top tips for technology in your studio!

4 top tips for technology in your studio!

We all know that feeling. Running around from errand to appointment, calling back parents, planning classes, a quick meeting with a Teacher, all the while trying to grow & expand your business. Well friend, I am here to tell you that technology can play a huge role in reducing administration hours, increase business awareness and generally help save your sanity! Technology is a fundamental part of our society today, with social media being a prominent part of our everyday lives, for social or business reasons. I don’t know about you, but whenever I have a spare minute, I am generally scrolling through Facebook. I am not encouraging this, nor saying it is beneficial, however a HUGE portion of our clients and potential clients are also doing the exact same thing. With over 2.07 billion users on Facebook & 1.15 billion daily active users, our prime advertising demographic is ready & waiting! (Source: zephoria.com) There are so many technology-based tools out there that can be a game-changer for your studio. With these tools you can produce more traffic to your website and studio, attract your dream students, stay organized and up-to-date with your team, promote your studio and even grow your business beyond your wildest dreams! In this post I will discuss what technology tools I personally love, and that you can’t live without for your studio!

Tech top tip #1: Social Media Marketing & exposure

We all know the major ones (*cough* Facebook & Instagram) and those are the ones we generally need to focus on. But, sometimes it can also be beneficial to reach out to new platforms or try to master a platform that may go under-utilized such as a platform that 79% of US teenagers (13 – 18) are currently on and using frequently… Snapchat (source: expandedramblings.com). It has fun filters & the ability to share photos for a short period of time. Now, Instagram has also launched an ‘Instagram Story’ feature which also boasts pretty much all of the same features (awkward). But, Snapchat (and Instagram stories) are a great way to communicate with your current students and also potentially reach out to new members (friends of your current members). Through Snapchat, you are able to set up fun features like geo tags where students are able to access a specific filter within your building or studio location (can I hear you say branding opportunity everyone?).

For Facebook, an amazing feature that is currently being pushed is Facebook groups. It is a fantastic way to connect with your current families (without having to be friends on Facebook), keep your team up-to-date & also connect with potential new clients. #winning

My top tips for Facebook groups with current studio members:

  • Set up a Private group for your current studio members
    • It is a great way to communicate important dates, share blog posts, remind families to return notes, build camaraderie and a sense of community.
    • My team and I regularly share practice photos & videos to the group along with other VIP info that is not shared on the main page. (Your team can also be invited to the group to share info & footage without having to go through you or be friends on Facebook.)
    • It is a fantastic way for parents to share student accomplishments in & out of the studio as a wonderful place for everyone to celebrate.
    • New events & workshops? A Facebook group is a fantastic way to set up a marketing plan for your current customers to be exposed to.
    • It is also fantastic when leading into peak enrollment periods to share reminders, build interest and urgency to re-enroll.

My top tips for Facebook groups with potential new clients:

  • Join the local community groups in your area (or studio location)
    • There are generally a HEAP of local community boards available to join in your local town or region. Be sure to join up so you can start sharing!
    • Make sure to read the group rules. (Sometimes you may only be able to post ads on certain days, etc). This will ensure your posts get through to the group and you don’t get deleted or blacklisted.
    • I would recommend doing some research on the best times to post for engagement in your area and also post content (photos and videos are best!) that people are likely to pause on and watch or look at, rather than continuing to scroll through.
    • No local group? Why not set it up? You can always be the admin while the group is growing and then pass it on to someone else who is interested in running it.
    • They are fantastic exposure to your target market and also a great way to reach out and collaborate with other business owners in your area or to let people know your students are interested in performing.
  • Try to find a ‘Mother’s group’ style group
    • These are focused on parents with young children, so it is a great way to target parents in the community who may be new to dance and looking to do something with their child in this arena.
    • You can also share informative articles about different ways that music & dance is beneficial for development, as well as at home activities tips and tricks.
    • Ensure you follow the rules as mentioned above.

Aside from Facebook groups you should also be posting to your page regularly. For potential new clients cruising on Facebook (or Googling for a dance studio in your area), they won’t have access to your group so it is important to have a consistent presence on your public page. Remember! A lot of these platforms have ‘sharing’ features where you are able to share easily from one to the other. In my opinion, you want to be sharing different content to different platforms (variety is the spice of life after all), but sometimes hitting ‘share’ is just so dang easy!

“How do you have enough time for all of this?” You may ask….. Check out my top tips for social media scheduling programs!

Tech top tip #2: Social Media scheduling programs

While it is all well and good to say that everyone should be posting to their Facebook and Instagram pages multiple times a day, if you don’t have the resources to hire a social media manager, the posting is left up to you! With this in mind, it is important to plan and prepare to ensure consistent posting = less stress for you and more clients!

The following programs are highly recommended software that have a lot of amazing features for ‘smart posting’ (in my opinion….) where you are able to batch-load posts into specific groups to load whenever there is a ‘gap’ in posting, marketing plans, list & job allocation, calendar viewing (great for seeing your posting schedule) & more!

Be sure to check out the following programs (all paid, but generally have a free trial):

  • Coschedule: my personal favorite! It works with WordPress so I am able to plan and schedule blog posts as well as share content to my Facebook groups, Instagram, Facebook & more!
  • Panoly: Used by the wonderful Studio To Go team!
  • Meet Edgar: I have used in the past, but Coschedule gave me a lot more power and flexibility.
  • Buffer: very common and useful!

If you aren’t wanting to add an expense at this time, you can also pre-plan all of your posts straight through Facebook. There are also some free Instagram apps out there that send you a reminder to post. However, the paid programs are well-worth the money in my opinion.

Tech top tip #3: Planning and creating systems

If you have read any of my posts in the past you would be aware of my absolute obsession (some may consider it unhealthy ha!) about systematizing your business for success. I have a complete Masterclass all about how to set it up in your business. But, in my opinion, all business systems and operations need to be established online or in a cloud based system so that multiple people can access it from wherever they are in the world.

My absolutely FAVORITE program is Trello. It is a free program (there are paid options, but I have never needed it) that you can create different boards for your team members, daily operations, marketing plans & my favorite…. A studio systems hub board.

Other programs you might want to check out are Asana & Google Calendar!

Tech top tip #4: Communicating & training with your team

Raise your hand if you hate emails…. *puts both hands up* If you are anything like me, when you go into your inbox, somehow you look up and 3 hours has passed, which is not ideal when you need to be focusing on growing and expanding your business, rather than working IN your business 24/7. With this in mind, my team and & I have a rule. NO EMAILS! Instead we use a program called Slack to ask questions, check on projects and basically move the business forward. Slack, combined with Trello, is the perfect blend for us! Slack is a little app on my computer that allows me to directly message particular team members or even create groups for admin-specific tasks or where multiple people are requiring updates.

Some other services that you might like include: Messenger, Azendo, Fleep & Jostle. A lot of these programs have similar benefits, with obviously a few distinct changes.

Now, when it comes to training your team, in-person meetings and session are paramount. However, depending on geographical locations, schedules & times of the year, this isn’t always possible. Time to step up and go tech! There are a heap of video conferencing software out there, but my favorite by far is Zoom! It allows me to record trainings for my team, share my screen when having meetings with my VA as well as schedule in one-on-one meetings & more. Some other great services to check out are Skype & Google Hangouts.

So, there you have it folks! My 4 top tips for integrating technology into your studio! There is so much techy goodness in this blog post, I hope you find it valuable and are able to integrate some into your studio to help systemize, automate & scale! Be sure to check back next week for some more tech insight for your studio. 🙂

Are you a Dance Studio Entrepreneur who dreams of having a studio that doesn’t require them to run it 24/7? Are you just starting out and don’t know where to start? Discover how to practically systemize your studio & scale your business into a dance empire that dramatically increase your profits, whilst creating more freedom. Find out more here: http://www.claireosheacoaching.com/systemiseforsuccessvideo

Sources:

https://zephoria.com/top-15-valuable-facebook-statistics/

https://expandedramblings.com/index.php/snapchat-statistics/