Pay, Disgruntled Staff, and Team Meetings [7FMS Ep. #15]

by Daniel Patterson


“Should we pay our staff and teachers for coming to a team meeting?”

That’s the question we received from a school owner who listens to our podcast.

At first, I didn’t want to make an entire episode out of it.

Who wants to listen to a podcast episode about meetings!?!?!?

But, as Nate and I got to talking about it, we realized that there was something deeper going on here.

Specifically… for many studio owners, the reason they are asking that question is that they are undervaluing their team’s contributions.

So, in this episode we answer the question in the first five minutes but spend a good amount of time showing you how to get the most out of your team (even if you have a small team)!

Do not miss this episode!



Here’s what we cover in the episode:

  • Do you think I should pay my teachers to come to meetings?
  • The cost & value of paid meetings
  • But shouldn’t my teachers be coming to me with their ideas… not the other way around?
  • If your meetings don’t feel valuable… It’s a reflection on your priorities and plan
  • Pro-tip: Finding experts to help your school
  • Setting your desired priorities and outcomes in every meeting
  • Maximizing opportunities with teachers who want to be more engaged with your studio
  • The long-term value of paying your teachers to come to meetings… and addressing some resistance points you may feel about this

We’d love to hear from you… what was your big takeaway this episode? What questions do you have?

We won’t know unless you reach out and tell us!

You can do so by contacting us here.


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Daniel Patterson is a private teacher, writer, and marketing consultant for music schools. He began teaching in 2004. He co-founded and led marketing operations for a summer music camp that sees over 200 children each summer.

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