is never done, but it’s been so important as I start to build my business and I’ve definitely gotten better at it. Remembering to be open each time I go into the studio and talking to people about what I’m doing. Thinking of ways I can help others so that they in turn can help me. Also using social media to build and maintain connections I would not otherwise have thought of. I’ve also gotten better at doing this at the college and have built more connections there this semester – I hope to get more involved next semester. (I feel my high school self coming back – it’s so weird. Joining committees and such, not because I necessarily want to but because I see how it will help me.)
Anyway, networking is, of course, never done. However, I think that this goal is. For now. And the continuation of it is encompassed under other goals, such as “Make my business successful” – so I can definitely retire this one.
when there will be opportunities. Made some connections at the studio today to talk about my business – offering to support the new TT graduates and hoping they will come to my classes and support me. I gave them cards with my schedule. It can’t hurt.
My friend F is working hard to promote my classes. She is highly social and knows a lot of people. Today I was at a party at her house and she got quite a lot of people interested in classes. She said she’s going to bring at least two friends next week.
There’s starting to be some interest but it’s tough going. I feel like my advertising in public places is going nowhere. After a period of time, it just gets thrown out. I haven’t seen a single student come out of it. I will keep trying until the end of January, but oh, it’s frustrating. Networking seems to work better.
to the woman I was examining with, but she said they have several yoga teachers at her school and I guess they wouldn’t be interested. She did suggest they might like to have me work as an examiner at her center as well. I would be interested in doing that in the future and hope she contacts me to work.
Not sure whether to put this under “networking” or “researching jobs”. Through the Yoga Alliance group on Linked In, I came across a post by a woman who has some similar ideas to me and who is teaching through Parks & Rec in north San Diego county. I wrote her a private message to ask her how she got involved in teaching in this environment. She said she had originally proposed classes to them in order to get started. I’m going to see if there is a Parks & Rec facility (or several) where it would be suitable for me to do this.
She also teaches at a Martial Arts studio, which she pitched to the owner by researching benefits of yoga for martial arts. This is a kind of cool idea as well. I’ve heard of people pitching classes to corporations and have talked to some yoga teachers about how they did this as well. Once I get the business license/ tax sorted, I’m interested in pursuing this angle more – pitching my own classes to places that do not already have programs.
that everything I do is networking. For example, I just went to a flash mob and was able to make connections with a couple of yogis. One woman will be happy to promote my classes if I promote hers. I will link to her on my website. This is easier for me to do when it comes to yoga folks, but I have to remember to always be in the mode of promoting myself, as well as thinking of mutual benefits I can offer to others in the yoga community.
to take a class on my Passport to Prana taught by an acquaintance, E. I mentioned to her that I’m looking for work teaching yoga right now, and she immediately texted the studio owner, A, about me. Before we’d gotten to our cars, A had texted back and asked if I could go there at 9 PM on Wednesday to meet her. If I’m lucky, she’ll have an opening for me to teach a class, or at the very least will allow me to sub there. Score one for networking.
that building my career as a yoga teacher will be all about this, and as much as I’m challenged by it, I need to continue to get better at it. My shyness in new situations is a challenge as I strive to make connections in class and out. I need to work on keeping eye contact and body language open, friendly, and confident as I make one-to-one contact with people for the first time. (It isn’t a problem when addressing groups for me.)
Today, I taught my first community class at a local studio, which is a good way to make connections with students. I also met the studio owner and stayed for quite some time telling her about myself and discussing various aspects of running her studio. They are primarily a vinyasa studio and I’m primarily not a vinyasa teacher, but I think that could work to my advantage as they’re currently discussing adding some Hatha classes to their schedule. I’m still probably not experienced enough for them yet, but it never hurts to make connections.
My friend also suggested that I get in touch with a woman who teaches yoga at the college where I teach ESL. I will contact her and see if she would be willing to get together and tell me a bit about what that experience is like. Couldn’t hurt, might help.
Had lunch today with a woman who is working on pre-departure materials for study abroad to reduce anxiety. Could be a good person to know.
Various people have offered to put me in touch with people they know, and/or to recommend me. It’s hard for me to follow through when I don’t know exactly what I want, but I need to keep my motivation up and follow every lead because one of them will bring me to where I’m meant to be. I’m learning the importance of keeping in touch with people I’m not that close to (and not necessarily just friends) because they know people in the industry, and to be careful of my image, being friendly and professional at all times. I’m noticing that people I helped years ago are speaking up for me now. I guess this is all part of networking.
I had coffee with TB. T worked for me a couple of years ago, and we have remained in friendly contact. She has done a lot of work in the universities and community colleges in town. I talked with her a lot about my goals, and she confirmed my suspicion that getting teaching work with community colleges and universities (but especially CCs) is the way to go. She also advised me that community colleges are likely the best market for my program ideas.
She is going to put me in touch with some of the program directors at local colleges and will act as my reference. I think that this “in” will be very helpful to me. I hope to make the transition in January. In addition to Grossmont, she recommended the program at MiraCosta, which I have been interested in for a while now. I know someone there, so I will need to start developing these connections again. T was able to tell me which colleges pay the best and treat their employees well. She is a very useful contact for me.
I will need to buy a car by the end of the summer, as none of these colleges is easily accessible without one.