I have a question for all of you voice teachers, performance coaches, and people in the performance coaching industry:
Are you trying to navigate this “new normal” that the pandemic has created all by yourself?
Many coaches are struggling with making consistent money during this pandemic because everything has totally changed. The situation has become unrecognizable to coaches who have been accustomed to coaching before the pandemic.
And in the performance coaching industry, we’ve been operating in an archaic system compared to the rest of the coaching world. This current system brings in minimal income, much stress, and burnout.
I know firsthand that we can fix this.
When you’re able to see what’s possible for you and your business, you can see how you can do things better – regardless of whether or not there’s a pandemic happening.
When you change your mindset, a whole new world of opportunity opens up.
As a coach, I believe in getting support because I encourage other people to get support.
(Know that I need it just as much.)
And that’s what we’re talking about today. So I have three steps for you. And we’re going to break them all down.
Access Your Vocal Coaching Studio
Look at your studio and figure out what isn’t working for you. Where is it that you are having struggles, whether it’s pandemic related or not? What are your frustrations? What are some things that seem like they could be working better, but you feel a block in figuring out how? What about your business makes you grown? What do you wish you didn’t have to do in your business?
Perhaps that’s a client, a faulty system, or an element of your curriculum.
We all have those things that, every time we get to them, we think, oh, this is not the best way. And I don’t know how to fix it.
What are those things in your business? Identify those problems in your coaching and your business. Figure out what’s not working for you. Once you get a clear picture of that, figure out what you want to be different and be as specific as possible.
Be Specific About The Changes In Your Business You Want To Make
Perhaps you want to make more money, or you’re working hard, but the money isn’t there.
Maybe you want to attract clients that do the work.
Perhaps you want to fix your schedule – I remember that.
Perhaps you want your clients to stop taking advantage of you or your availability.
Maybe you’re not succeeding in getting the results for your clients that you know they should be able to get.
Maybe you’re brand new to all of this, and you have no idea where to begin.
Whatever problem it is, what is it that could be different for you? What are the things that you want to be different in your business or your coaching?
The next step to investing in yourself as a vocal coach is to seek support from someone who has a proven track record.
Now, this might sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how often people skip this.
Make sure you get help from someone who gets the results that you’re looking to achieve. Ensure this person has actual examples of getting these kinds of results either for herself or her clients.
Be Willing to Make the Investment
Finally, be willing to invest.
This part is where many teachers get hung up in the coaching world.
I know that budget is a wonky thing, especially right now, but you must be prepared to invest.
When you look at an investment in support, consider the benefits you’re going to receive. Consider what it is that gets to change for you.
For example, if you need help making more money, look at how many clients you would need to bring in to recoup the investment you made in getting support.
Chances are, it’s not that many. Chances are, that’s going to be an investment you could recoup.
After you’ve identified the person who can help you achieve your goals, get creative with your finances. What I mean by that is: exhaust all of your options.
Maybe you have multiple credit cards you can use for this or a family member that would pitch in and help you until you can figure it out.
You can also ask the support person if they have another solution for you that would still allow you access to them. That would still allow them to support you, but maybe at a different investment level.
PayPal Credit is another option because you have six months to pay off the investment without incurring any interest expenses. So that’s another cool little option.
Figure out what you can do to make this happen. And remember that you get what you pay for. Cheap or affordable isn’t always going to bring the result you want, which means it will end up costing you more.
Because after you invest in something that’s affordable or cheap, that isn’t getting you the result you want, you still have the same problem, which means now you have to invest more money to find a solution to the problem again.
Suppose you’re not willing to invest in yourself in a way that can improve your business or your abilities to help your clients. How can you ask your clients to invest in themselves with a clean conscience as a coach?
This is something that my coach has said to my colleagues, which I think is absolutely valuable
As coaches, we need the ability to be filled up so that we can give to our clients. It’s nearly impossible to give to our clients when we’re coming from a place of emptiness or when we’re trying to figure it out on our own.
And our clients see that in us; they can tell when you are investing in yourself. When you’re improving yourself, it allows you to be a better coach to them. And when you’re a better coach for your clients, your clients get results. That’s when you get referrals.
Just like you would never recommend to your clients that they go into a performance without support, you shouldn’t get into the business of vocal coaching without support.
If you’re a vocal or performance coach who needs support reaching the goals you set for yourself, please reach out to me.
I’ve been coaching 100% online since 2009, and in that time, have figured out solutions to the same problems you’re experiencing. Let’s chat.