When Your Teachers Want a Raise [7FMS Ep. #7]

by Daniel Patterson


In this episode, we cover the following topics:

  • What’s an appropriate amount of money to grant for a raise
  • How to deal with the emotions that come up for you when a team member asks for more money
  • The factors that should go into determining a raise for a teacher or admin in your school
  • A clever “hack” that Daniel uses to determine job roles, compensation, and benefits to give your team
  • How to depressurize the “raise” conversation
  • The format of the conversation when you talk to an employee about money
  • A half-dozen questions that you can ask your employee to determine their yearly objectives (that play into the payment conversation)
  • How Nate took a potentially disastrous conversation with 3 key teachers and turned it into an opportunity for team building… and what you can take away from this situation
  • How to set hours and pay for “support” team members… like a marketing manager or other team leadership role


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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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