Is Nagging Teachers Part of Your Job? [7FMS Ep. #54]

by Daniel Patterson


During a recent coaching session, a music school owner asked this question:

“Is nagging teachers part of my job?”

This owner was frustrated and exasperated because she had repeatedly asked her teaching staff of 20 to give her input on the upcoming recital.

And.. then….


She had to chase her teaching staff down and use a lot of time and energy to get something that could have been a quick response to an email.

How could she have done this better? Could she have done this better? What are proper expectations that you should have for your teaching and admin staff?

In this episode, Nate and I explore communication channels, rational expectations, and practical tips for training your team to be great communicators.

Click below to listen to the episode.


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Here’s what we cover in the episode:

  • Why your current modes of communication with your team could actually be wrong (and how to identify the right ones)
  • A high-level view of what should be expected from your team
  • How to think deeper about your team, how you communicate, & the example you’re setting
  • How Nate got to an 80% participation rate with his team at Brooklyn Music Factory
  • Communication “Best Practices” to follow
  • How you can create an environment that assists your team in delivering on your promise to your clients

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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