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dragonfly35Networking

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. 2 years ago


dragonfly35You never know

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. 2 years ago


dragonfly35Tried to give some cards

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. 2 years ago


dragonfly35Linked In

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. 2 years ago


dragonfly35Starting to realize

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. 2 years ago


dragonfly35I went to a studio

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. 2 years ago


dragonfly35I'm realizing

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. 2 years ago


dragonfly35Networking

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. 2 years ago


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