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5 Tips For Increasing Your Child’s Self-Esteem With Martial Arts

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Self-Esteem plays a major role in how your child develops socially.

If you want to prepare your child for school and all the ups and downs that kids face then building there self-esteem is a necessity.

Geno Guevara here,

The development of high levels of self-esteem is critically important to your child’s future success!

Here at Alamo Ranch Martial Arts we take the job of helping you and your child very seriously.

Please enjoy the following tips on what you can do to help ensure your child’s self-esteem is kicking at a high level.

1) Teach positive self-statements. It is important for parents to redirect their child’s inaccurate or negative beliefs about themselves. This will help you teach your child how to think in positive ways. Take quick action when you hear your child saying or expressing feelings of “being no good” and help the re-phrase and re-think their assessment of themselves.

2) Be generous with praise. Parents must develop the habit of looking for situations in which children are giving their best effort, displaying talents, or demonstrating positive character traits. Remember to praise children for jobs well done and for the effort they put out. It is easy to fall into the trap of being overly critical. But constantly being the critic is not for a positive parent.

3) Avoid criticism that takes the form of ridicule or shame. Blame and negative judgments are at the core of poor self-esteem and can lead to emotional disorders. If you must criticize (and sometimes you will) be sure you are criticizing the performance not the performer! Also use this time to impart valuable wisdom onto your child which they can use in the future!

4) Show your child that you can laugh at yourself. Show them that life doesn’t need to be serious all the time. Especially when it comes to teasing let them know that some teasing is all in fun. Your sense of humor is important for their well-being. If you can laugh at yourself- they’ll have no problems laughing at themselves.

5) Teach children about decision making and to recognize when they have made good decisions. Let them “own” their problems. If they solve them, they gain confidence in themselves. If you solve them, they’ll remain dependent on you. Take the time to answer questions and help your child think through the situation. Explain to them what the consequences of their decision will be.

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8 Ways Your Child Can Defeat The Bully Without Violence

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Bullying has always been a part of growing up. But how a child deals with it and the repercussions of dealing with bullying have changed dramatically.

Incidences of bullying vary in severity.  One thing that’s certain is repeated attacks whether verbal, physical, written, or on the internet erode your child’s fragile self-esteem.  The CDC linked bullying to isolation, drug use, violence, and suicide!  But your child does not have to be a victim. Follow these tips…

Use The Secret Word to Stop Bullying Before it Starts

The assault can be verbal or physical, either way the first line of defense remains the same. It’s one word… Confidence!  Here’s why; Bullies choose their victims much like a criminal would choose a victim. They go for the easy and obvious target.  So if your child looks like a kid who will get bullied, guess what, they’re going to get bullied.  On the other hand if your child radiates self-confidence they are less likely to be a victim, it’s almost that simple!

Body Language is Key

Your child needs to walk with their head up; their shoulders square, and make eye contact with people.  Just doing so, even if your child needs work on their self-esteem, will keep bullies away from them. This is easier said than done, but it can be learned. So having them change their body language (what they are saying non-verbally) will have a huge impact.  Teaching this can serve as a quick fix. However, going to work on their self-confidence will have a greater long-term affect on keeping bullies away.

Embrace Your Role

Children get their first layer of self-confidence from parents.  The love you show your child and the time you spend with them gives them their feelings of self-worth.  It has been said that the number one role of parenting is to develop a self-confident individual.

Speaking Up

Teach your child how to speak up clearly when they first meet someone.  Teach them the importance of making eye-contact when they talk to you.  Get them out of their comfort zone and have them explore new things.  The more you have them confront fear and discomfort the more confident they will become.

The first few tips are meant to stop bullying before it starts. Now here’s what your child can do if the bully chooses them…

Create A Boundary When Confronted By A Bully

The next layer of defense is to create a boundary.  Children can protect themselves with an assertive body posture:  Feet apart a little, one foot in front, shoulders square, chin up, eye contact, and most importantly, hands up as if making a “Stop” Gesture!  We call this our self-defense stance.  Its purpose is to communicate neutrality, awareness and, assertiveness. This stance is designed to get them out of trouble.

Using Words Properly

Finally, your child will have to use their words.  Simple phrases and commands said in an assertive voice will tell the bully that they will not be a victim.  Simple commands like; “Stop, Back Off, Back Away!” Said in the right tone will stop the bully in his tracks!

Safe Self-Defense

Of course if none of the above works (and the truth is nothing works every time) then your child will have to defend themselves. But only if and when their safety is threatened.

Defeating the Cyber-Bully

Text messaging and social network sites open up a whole new avenue for bullies. Sit down with your child and be sure they understand not to give the bullies any ammunition. Make them aware the minute they text someone or send an email those words can be taken out of context or used against them. Absolutely under no circumstances should your child ever send inappropriate photos of themselves or allow anyone else to take photos that go against good judgment.

 

Cyber-bullying can be stopped with confidence and respect just like physical bullying.

As you can see dealing with a bully has its challenges. There is no one way that works every time. However, when your child develops high levels of self-esteem and self-confidence a bully’s words or actions will role off them like water off a duck’s back.

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8 Ways Martial Arts Can Beat Bullying For Back To School

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Has your child ever been bullied in school before?

Have they ever come home crying or with there feelings being hurt from being picked on? 

It doesn’t have to be that way.  As a matter use the 8 ways to beat bullying this year.

Bullying has always been a part of growing up.

But how a child deals with it and the repercussions of dealing with bullying have changed dramatically. 

Incidences of bullying vary in severity. 

One thing that’s certain is repeated attacks whether verbal, physical, written, or

on the internet erode your child’s fragile self-esteem. 

The CDC linked bullying to isolation, drug use, violence, and suicide!  But your child does not have to be a victim. Follow these tips…

Bullying has always been a part of growing up. But how a child deals with it and the repercussions of dealing with bullying have changed dramatically. 

Incidences of bullying vary in severity.  One thing that’s certain is repeated attacks whether verbal, physical, written, or on the internet erode your child’s fragile self-esteem.  The CDC linked bullying to isolation, drug use, violence, and suicide!  But your child does not have to be a victim. Follow these tips…

1. Use The Secret Word to Stop Bullying Before it Starts

The assault can be verbal or physical, either way the first line of defense remains the same. It’s one word… Confidence!  Here’s why; Bullies choose their victims much like a criminal would choose a victim. They go for the easy and obvious target.  So if your child looks like a kid who will get bullied, guess what, they’re going to get bullied.  On the other hand if your child radiates self-confidence they are less likely to be a victim, it’s almost that simple! 

2. Body Language is Key

Your child needs to walk with their head up; their shoulders square, and make eye contact with people.  Just doing so, even if your child needs work on their self-esteem, will keep bullies away from them. This is easier said than done, but it can be learned. So having them change their body language (what they are saying non-verbally) will have a huge impact.  Teaching this can serve as a quick fix. However, going to work on their self-confidence will have a greater long-term affect on keeping bullies away.

3. Embrace Your Role

Children get their first layer of self-confidence from parents.  The love you show your child and the time you spend with them gives them their feelings of self-worth.  It has been said that the number one role of parenting is to develop a self-confident individual.

4. Speaking Up

Teach your child how to speak up clearly when they first meet someone.  Teach them the importance of making eye-contact when they talk to you.  Get them out of their comfort zone and have them explore new things.  The more you have them confront fear and discomfort the more confident they will become.

The first few tips are meant to stop bullying before it starts. Now here’s what your child can do if the bully chooses them…

5. Create A Boundary When Confronted By A Bully

The next layer of defense is to create a boundary.  Children can protect themselves with an assertive body posture: Feet apart a little, one foot in front, shoulders square, chin up, eye contact, and most importantly, hands up as if making a “Stop” Gesture!  We call this our self-defense stance.  Its purpose is to communicate neutrality, awareness and, assertiveness. This stance is designed to get them out of trouble.

6. Using Words Properly

Finally, your child will have to use their words.  Simple phrases and commands said in an assertive voice will tell the bully that they will not be a victim.  Simple commands like; “Stop, Back Off, Back Away!” Said in the right tone will stop the bully in his tracks!   

7. Safe Self-Defense

Of course if none of the above works (and the truth is nothing works every time) then your child will have to defend themselves. But only if and when their safety is threatened.

8. Defeating the Cyber-Bully

Text messaging and social network sites open up a whole new avenue for bullies. Sit down with your child and be sure they understand not to give the bullies any ammunition. Make them aware the minute they text someone or send an email those words can be taken out of context or used against them. Absolutely under no circumstances should your child ever send inappropriate photos of themselves or allow anyone else to take photos that go against good judgment.

Cyber-bullying can be stopped with confidence and respect just like physical bullying.

As you can see dealing with a bully has its challenges. There is no one way that works every time. However, when your child develops high levels of self-esteem and self-confidence a bully’s words or actions will role off them like water off a duck’s back.

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6 Ways Martial Arts Can Help Your Child Deal With Bullies When They Go Back To School

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Has your child ever had difficulty with school? When I say “school”, I don’t just mean grades but, but also socially. When kids struggle to cope with the demands of school, they sometimes end up getting so unmotivated that they don’t want to go anymore.  Hence, their performance and grades suffer.

What are some ways to help kids who struggle with this? As an expert in martial arts who specializes in kids I am always going to suggest signing him/her up for martial arts classes.

Yes he will get in great shape!

Yes he will have a blast in class!

More importantly, martial arts can actually improve their performance in school!

Want to know how? Then read on.

Has your child ever had difficulty with school? When I say “school”, I don’t just mean grades but, but also socially. When kids struggle to cope with the demands of school, they sometimes end up getting so unmotivated that they don’t want to go anymore.  Hence, their performance and grades suffer.

Here are 6 Ways Martial Arts Can Boost Your Child’s Performance in School With Martial Arts:

1) They Learn How To Deal With Bullies

In a perfect world your child would never have to deal with bullies and school would be a safe place for your kids to learn and grow, it isn’t always that way. The truth is that bullying exists – and in fact, it’s on the rise.

The hardest part to accept for parents is that you can’t be by their side at school if they are getting picked on.

The good news…..

Martial arts will teach your child the skills to speak up for themselves and if necessary to defend themselves in such situations. The more they train in how to deal with bullies the better there learn how to deal with bullies when confronted.  Don’t worry, martial arts has always been all about peace, so your kids will pick up non-violent conflict resolution skills in their training, and stay out of trouble.

 2) They Learn That Hard Work Really Does Work

When your kids start training martial arts, they’ll notice that they can’t make progress without giving 100%.  Nothing is given, everything must be earned.

It’s not uncommon for kids to ask to get there black belt the first couple of classes because they think it’s easy.   Eventually they learn that they have to put in the time and effort.  Work for it.

After all, it takes a great deal of dedication and hard work to improve as a martial artist. From their training, they’ll understand that there are no shortcuts to success in martial arts, school, or life in general. Hence, they’ll be willing to put in effort so as to see results, or achieve their goals. 

3) Martial Arts Increases Discipline

Discipline is essential for every martial artist’s success and success in life.  Students who attend classes regularly and keep to their training schedules are the ones who perform better just like the students who show up to class in school everyday.

By letting your kids train martial arts, they’ll develop discipline – especially if they want to make good progress. Hence, they’ll make it a habit to get to class.  The discipline of showing up to class is the same discipline needed to show up to class in school everday.  School performance and class attendance go hand in hand.  

4) They Will Learn How To Overcome Adversity

As much as we hate it, failure is inevitable, and we all have to deal with it at some point in life. Unfortunately, sometimes kids struggle to get over failure, and beat themselves up for a long time – or worse, blame anything and everything else for their shortcomings instead of taking responsibility for their actions.

However, this wouldn’t be the case if your kids train martial arts. This is because they’ll learn to embrace failure and treat it as a stepping stone to success. Besides that, they’ll focus on what they’re doing wrongly so as to correct it, and ultimately improve.

Mental toughness is not only important for school, but for day-to-day life as well. When your kids gain mental toughness, they will be bold individuals who are not afraid to step out of their comfort zone.

5) They Will Learn How To Focus There Energy In A Positive Direction

Some kids have difficulties concentrating in class and become distracted very easily.  Ufortunately, when this happens, they may not pay attention to the material and thus struggle with learning the concepts being presented. 

Although you can’t force your child to like every subject and pay attention in every class, you can let him/her learn to be focused via martial arts. During training sessions, kids will have to pay close attention to their instructors in order to make sense of the techniques they’re learning. Hence, this is how your kids will pick up the ability to tune everything out (except what they’re focusing on, of course).

6) Students Will Develop More Confidence 

When students improve as martial artists, they’ll gain confidence in not only their abilities, but also themselves. Their confidence will help them speak up and get along with everyone and make friends more easily, without worrying about fitting in. After all, they can embrace themselves for who they are.

Are you now convinced that martial arts would help boost your child’s performance in school and deal with bullies? Well, there’s only one way to find out. Click the link below and reserve your spot today!

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4 Back to School Martial Arts Exercises To Make 2019 The Best Year Ever For Your Child

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One of the biggest fears of kids is going back to school.

As a martial arts instructor who works with kids, this really makes me sad. So here are some things that you as the parent can do at home to send your child back to school with confidence!

Introductions – Younger children should learn how to properly introduce themselves to teachers as well as other kids. Practice with your child how to do a proper handshake and say “Hi my name is _________. Nice to meet you.” This seems silly, but it is a much needed skill. For older kids, make sure they have the confidence to make eye contact as they introduce themselves to people. You can even challenge your kids to introduce themselves to people when you are out this summer!

What do you do game – Reminding yourself to be positive is hard! This exercise helps to build into your child’s brain that if something doesn’t go their way, to stay positive.

Sit your child down and explain that to them and ask them the following as well as similar questions:
Q: What happens if you don’t get the teacher you want?
A: I will stay positive.

Q: What if your friends aren’t in your class? A: I will stay positive.

Q: What if you make a mistake in school? A: I will stay positive.

Q: What if you struggle a little with math this year? A: I will stay positive.

The point is to teach them that being positive will help them solve more problems than being upset. Through the whole process of getting them prepped for school, keep asking them questions where they can respond with “I will stay positive.”

School Supplies – Kids today tend to have little knowledge about how much money goes into their education. Estimate how much that they should need to get school supplies and give them that money in cash. Let them, with your help depending on age, get everything they need on their back to school list. This helps to teach them budgeting and also gratefulness for what they have!

New friends now – It would be great to get your kids around other children their age. Get them involved in something like Martial Arts where they can keep building confidence and also meet other kids who may be in their new class this Fall!

Bullying – It is so important to talk to kids abut bullying. We want to start by letting them know that it is not OK want you that they bully anyone on purpose or on accident. Explain to them what bullying look like and why it is so bad.

Check out http:// www.stopbullying.gov/ for more tools. The other important thing to make sure of, is that you have open communication so that they feel good about talking to you about bullies.

Tell them how important it is to not let others get bullied either, even if it means telling a teacher to verbally standing up for others.

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5 Back to School Martial Arts Exercises For The Best Year!

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Are you ready for back-to-school?

Is your child ready this year?

Back to school is around the corner and use these simple tips to make this the best year ever.

Hey Mr. G here,

I know it’s early for back to school talk but there are always a few early bird parents that like to start preparing themselves and there kids for school already.

Most schools have meet the teacher in a couple of weeks so don’t forget to put that on your calendar. 

Most schools have their front office open in case you have any questions. 

One of the biggest fears of kids is going back to school.

As a martial arts instructor who works with kids, this really makes me sad. So here are some things that you as the parent can do at home to send your child back to school with confidence!

1. Introductions – Younger children should learn how to properly introduce themselves to teachers as well as other kids. Practice with your child how to do a proper handshake and say “Hi my name is _________. Nice to meet you.” This seems silly, but it is a much needed skill. For older kids, make sure they have the confidence to make eye contact as they introduce themselves to people. You can even challenge your kids to introduce themselves to people when you are out this summer!

2. What do you do game – Reminding yourself to be positive is hard! This exercise helps to build into your child’s brain that if something doesn’t go their way, to stay positive.

Sit your child down and explain that to them and ask them the following as well as similar questions:
Q: What happens if you don’t get the teacher you want?
A: I will stay positive.

Q: What if your friends aren’t in your class? A: I will stay positive.

Q: What if you make a mistake in school? A: I will stay positive.

Q: What if you struggle a little with math this year? A: I will stay positive.

The point is to teach them that being positive will help them solve more problems than being upset. Through the whole process of getting them prepped for school, keep asking them questions where they can respond with “I will stay positive.”

3. School Supplies – Kids today tend to have little knowledge about how much money goes into their education. Estimate how much that they should need to get school supplies and give them that money in cash. Let them, with your help depending on age, get everything they need on their back to school list. This helps to teach them budgeting and also gratefulness for what they have!

4. New friends now – It would be great to get your kids around other children their age. Get them involved in something like Martial Arts where they can keep building confidence and also meet other kids who may be in their new class this Fall!

5. Bullying – It is so important to talk to kids abut bullying. We want to start by letting them know that it is not OK want you that they bully anyone on purpose or on accident. Explain to them what bullying look like and why it is so bad.

The other important thing to make sure of, is that you have open communication so that they feel good about talking to you about bullies.

Tell them how important it is to not let others get bullied either, even if it means telling a teacher to verbally standing up for others.

www.alamoranchmartialarts.com

The 5 Levels Of Teaching Martial Arts

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5 Levels Of Teaching Martial Arts I Went Through As An Instructor

Level 1-

When I first started teaching I believed the martial arts was about teaching students to kick higher, punch harder, and making sure that students could “place” in a tournament.  It was completely self-centered and ego driven. I based my success as an instructor on how many students could place in a tournament, who could win in a tournament, my own personal performance, and how many students I had.

Level 2

I then learned that it wasn’t about me but  how I could inspire the same passion in students. It was about how many students could stay and receive the honor of me wrapping a black belt around their waist. Even though this was growth as a instructor, it was still missing some pieces.

Level 3

I discovered the next evolution of my teaching was more successful because how I defined the mission, values, and purpose of the school. By defining why we’re here, who we are, what we stand for, how we get students there, I started to see more results like more confident students. This level magnetically attracted students and parents who believed in us and martial arts program that we offered.

Level 4-

The more students I taught the more I realized that each child was different and needed a personalized approach not just to the physical training, but, personal development. I needed a way to systematically and repeatedly give each student what they needed personally. This led to the creation of a 6 step system that offered a personalized and customized experience in both the physical and personal development. I call it  our 6 step Personal Development System. It had to work for the modern student and what they where struggling with in our modern society like bullying, instant gratification, entitlement, and the participation trophy mentality that crushes the very spirit needed for success.

Level 5

I consider this to be the highest level and the holy grail of what it means to be a master instructor. The ability to inspire students to take what is practiced on the mat –and put that work in the community, school, home, and in the world. The ability help others who can’t help themselves, be a part of a church community, graduate college, become agents of change in all areas of their lives.  How my students manifest the martial arts, in their lives off the mats has been the most exciting part of this journey

Easy… Nope….Worth It…Yes

This final evolution is what I committed to as an instructor because it is what brings me the most passion and allows me to put a small dent in the universe with my God given abilities.

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How To Buy A Martial Arts Program

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Hey Mr. G here,

I want to share with you exactly how I market and promote  Alamo Ranch Martial Arts to parents in San Antonio.

Cool?

Are wondering why am I sharing how I attract students to Alamo Ranch Martial Arts?

Here’s my answer…. It’s about being authentic and transparent.

Marketing Alamo Ranch Martial Arts is largely about two things…

  1. What benefit could I provide to the person I wanted to serve.
  2. Our unique story.

I approach recruiting new students around these two simple concepts…and the results were nothing short of astounding.

…it’s a pretty magical combination.

But if you look at what goes on in martial arts school…it’s pretty much the opposite of that.

Most schools try selling features like price, program length, time slots and the such.

Going a step further…the typical martial arts school doesn’t really think much about the parents values and what’s best for the child at all.

We want them to do what’s convenient for us.

To join the moment an offer is made on a long term contract

To fit an already busy schedule around our class schedule, timeline and approach.

Most schools ask parents to rearrange their world, pay in advance of results……

Oh…and make them feel guilty for missing classes here or there, rather than celebrating the 100+ times they do come to class.

Now, I’m not saying that’s wrong…it’s no wonder we’re not making much of a dent in changing our community with martial arts.

Then, as for that second part…sharing a unique story…most schools try to sell you that a certain martial arts style is a better.

Personally, I love when I get on a call with a parent who says they’ve been thinking about joining and seen our reviews and success from current students before they reach out to me.

If they still want to get on a call with me at that point…they have a really good feel for me, how I think, teach, and really what I’m about.

My values, my approach…

Which person do you think is more qualified? More likely to be a fit for us?

I tried to think about the entire student  journey…from the parent and child’s perspective.

I thought about how I like to make a purchase and what decision process I go through.…how do I make decisions?

Especially when I’m not an expert in the thing I’m  purchasing.

We’ve all got our own self-interests in mind in those situations and we all have ways we go from being initially interested to making a purchase or commitment.

We want to feel informed and knowledgeable.

We want confidence that we’re making the right choice. We want to have trust in who we’re buying from.

We want to know things fit into budgets and schedules.

So, I had to think about what’s going through parents head?

They want to their kids to be happy and safe, feel better about themselves just like I want for my own kids.

They understand how valuable a strong foundation in a child’s future success, just like I do.

Parents want these without pain, discomfort & embarrassment for them or their child, just like I do.

But what else is going through their head?

How about things like…

  • My child has failed in sports before…why will this be different?
  • I won’t know anyone there neither will they?
  • Everyone is already ahead of my child…the thought of them as a  beginner and looking foolish is terrifying for my child?
  • Can I afford this?
  • Am I going to commit to some long-term contract and my child will want out of it in a couple weeks?
  • I don’t want any part of being treated like my child is joining “cobra kai” othe Army and having someone yelling at my child.
  • How am I going to fit this in during the evenings?
  • How am I going to fit this in after school with sports, homework & dinner?

See, I’m guessing, just based on my study of people, that most parents want the benefits of martial arts…but they don’t want to go through a process they hate.

I decided I needed to see things from their perspective and meet them there.

But then, I needed  to overcome all those things in their head telling them they can’t or shouldn’t let their kid’s join martial arts…and that’s more than just signing up for a paid trial and getting a free uniform.

I felt is was more powerful to let current students share their stories about us,  rather than me promoting the school myself.

…Finally, sharing our unique story so they see us as the school to help them along the way.

I’m sure you’ve heard it many times…but people buy people.

They buy people they like, trust and feel can help them achieve their goals.

If I didn’t share my personality, our story and what makes us different…then we would be just like everyone else. Do what everyone else is doing.

Sure,  parents do may buy based on price or convenience…but those are the parents who usually quit for cheaper tuition…parents who aren’t really connected to me, the community, the school as a whole, our message.

But imagine seeing parents on social media talking about us for me, reading my weekly posts about martial arts, and watching our videos a few times a week sharing tips, answering questions and really just being myself…wouldn’t you feel like you knew me a little?

Wouldn’t that inspire trust?

Sharing case studies of parents just like you who have and continue to train with us …actual stories and reviews.

Wouldn’t someone get a  better feel for the school and would you want to be part of that type of community?

Wouldn’t sharing my position, thoughts, opinions and insights be a way better way of pre-qualifying parents to see if we are a good fit before they join?

Let me try to pull this all together.

I know that for me, the best way I’ve found to achieve success…as a an instructor…is to attract parents and students who share my values as a parent myself.

Heck, I still talk to students who trained with me 10 years ago…because it wasn’t a transactional relationship.

Now I’m not going to tell you this is the easiest way to market my school…it’s not.

It’s just the best.

Easy is just cloning what everyone else does.

But being upfront…and daring to be different and putting myself out there means the rewards on the back-end are massive. I get the privilege of working with students and parents who believe in what I’m doing.

So, here’s the simplified plan:

  1. Think about ‘what’s in it for the parents and kids  every step of the way.
  2. Give them something valuable to them to start the relationship.
  3. Consistently follow up and appeal to their values, but do it by being me.

You’ll be amazed at how well this has worked for me. The wrong fits will just stop paying attention while the right fits are magnetically attracted to my school.

Parents and your students don’t need me  to be another imitation of every other school out there…they need me to be me and bring value to there kids life.