In last week’s article, I explained the reasoning behind the creation of Piano Pivot Live. Additionally, I talked about the funny name and explained how we’re working on setting this piano teachers’ conference apart from all others in the industry.
The response from around the world has been tremendous, with many teachers telling me they scored 5 out of 5 on the “Have you ever…” questions and that they can’t wait to join us. (Click here to read last week’s post if you’d like to check your score.)
In summary, here’s why I decided to create this event for teachers:
Finally, I realise that attending any conference, particularly when it’s not in your home town, is a significant investment in both time and money.
So in today’s article, I want to explain how I’m planning to help all attendees to ensure they get a return on their investment (ROI) for coming along in January.
I don’t want this to be just another piano teachers’ conference.
Realistically, I know that teachers have limited funds and MUST ensure they receive value for money for their participation.
In addition, I know that very few teachers are trained in business. It’s a huge missing piece in the skillset of most studio owners.
And I also know that without fresh ideas and inspiration, we can quickly become tired and burnt-out.
I LOVE the world of online training, courses, and forums (which is why I created the Inner Circle, after all.) However, there is nothing quite like the energy and buzz that comes from meeting like-minded, creative, inspirational teachers in person.
I’ve had some of my biggest breakthroughs from watching teachers in action. And, by connecting with them personally, I’ve improved my teaching moreso than from watching videos or reading blog posts.
There’s something about the personal connection and seeing people in action live that makes all the difference.
It’s those connections that can not only change your teaching forever but build friendships that last a lifetime.
Best of all, we’re not leaving these connections to chance at Piano Pivot Live.
One of the hardest things to do at a conference is not only to come away inspired and buzzing with new ideas, but to affect real change in your teaching.
And that’s where I feel many conferences fail their delegates.
It’s all very well (and kind of easy with great speakers) to “wow” a crowd, but to create lasting change and set teachers up for ongoing success takes a little more work.
So at PPL, we’re going to help you connect directly with our speakers and Inner Circle expert teachers in our afternoon masterminds. Hence, you will come away with actionable studio-ready tactics for change in the year ahead.
You will get the opportunity to spend blocks of 30 minutes around a table with a Speaker or Inner Circle Expert Teacher of your choice (preview some of them here). In addition to asking questions, you can dive deeply into topics to help you plan your year.
Not only will you have the opportunity to participate in these Mastermind sessions, but we’re also setting aside one hour on Friday for our “Implementation Sessions”.
In these guided opportunities, you will combine all your thoughts into a workable plan of action and ensure that you get the maximum benefit from your PPL involvement.
You’ll be able to use the worksheets in your delegate program to scaffold your planning, and all the speakers and team will be there to help you plan.
These Implementation Sessions are a key factor in my goal of helping ensure you get an ROI when you come to PPL. So what is an ROI?
I understand that for many teachers, finding the income to be able to afford to attend a live event, particularly when you factor in flights and accommodation, can be a struggle and may seem impossible at first.
So the first thing to remember is that this is a business investment for your professional development and studio growth. As such it’s a tax deduction. That means that you can offset all costs associated with PPL against your income and so reduce your tax payable.
Further, I also want you to think about how you can get a proper ROI (return on investment) for this piano teachers’ conference.
Say the total costs to you are $500.
Ask yourself: “How could I recoup those costs with the knowledge you learn from the conference?”
This is precisely what Amy Comparetto did when she decided to join the Inner Circle this year. Here’s what she told us in our Success Forum:
You can listen to the whole story in Podcast Ep 172: Getting value from professional development with Amy Comparetto which aired on Friday 11 October 2019.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg with what’s possible with the speakers we’ve lined up.
Can you see how this ROI equation could work for you? All you need to do is be creative and take action in a way that has clear return for your business.
The best thing is that we’ll be there to help you work out your ROI project AND you’ll have the time to implement your plans.
I can’t wait to read the stories of how teachers have doubled or even tripled their investment through astute enterprises like these.
In summary, I’ve envisioned a different kind of piano teachers’ conference. One where inspiration is connected to actionable results and real change.
In the words of author Chris Guillebeau, “Inspiration is good, but inspiration combined with action is so much better.”
Are you ready to make a pivot in your teaching in 2020?Get my ticket!
Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, California Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.