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  • Putting the Style in the 2018 NX3® Freestyle Collection

    By: Danielle Sten-Guillermo, On the DL

    Introducing the fashion minds behind the collaboration of Curtain Call’s NX3 2018 Freestyle Collection – Danielle Sten-Guillermo and Lance Guillermo! Danielle has shared her insight on the process, purpose and vision behind the collection!dan'lance

    When Lance and I first met in the hallway parallel to a stage door, we never realized what was to come…a forever vow in love, marriage, dance, and fashion. A companionship that took two people from two opposing worlds in dance and united them, from once a confusing manner, to the very vessel of what makes us – On the DL. The short synopsis is this: I am a stage dancer and Lance is a street dancer; I am classically trained in ballet, jazz, and contemporary techniques; Lance is street trained in the original styles of hip hop. I started dancing at the age of 3; Lance started dancing at the age of 19. Our journeys with dance did not start the same way, but it brought us together, and now, we are creatively sharing our voice in dance and in fashion.

    After establishing On the DL in 2008, Lance and I focused on fusing our techniques of movement and style into our compositions and dress. Since then we have worked in TV, Music, and Film; choreographed for companies across the country; directed/choreographed original stage performances; and instructed dancers young and old from all over the world. We both remember the first time we stepped on a movie set, the commotion, the excitement - the sheer number of people it takes to put together such a huge production - no other career can offer such a thrilling environment; and then allow you to come home to your home-base studio to create with your dancers that you help raise, mentor and inspire. We get the best of both worlds; we create for those you already know of, and then motivate the ones that you will soon get to know.

    All of that is what you get to see on the surface; the product of what we do from day to day. When Lance and I create moves or design articles of clothing, there are people that influence us in our most conscious mind. For dance, Ken Swift, Donald O’Connor, and Pina Bausch are three artists who provoke us with rational and irrational feelings. They challenge our bodies, initiate us to examine our process, and make us question our vision, leaving us every morning to hope that we have a new set of eyes to explore the world around us. In fashion, we look to icons like Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, and Mos Def. The three of them are uninhibited in the way they present themselves; they can be vibrant without color and chic without simplicity. Gwen, Pharrell, and Mos Def we thank you for seeing a trend, but instead creating a movement.

    From this you have gathered that we are emotional, with a desire to be challenged, all while seeing the world with a new set of eyes. I know, I know, we are artists - so cliché! But dance and fashion should make you FEEL something, and that feeling is the very thing that keeps us ALIVE. That emotional charge is the budding factor of my chic, clean, and statement-making style; and Lance’s classic, fun, and fresh-to-death fashion flair. So when we were asked to collaborate on the NX3 Fashion Line, without hesitation we said “YES!”, and immediately got to work on putting together pieces that could be worn on stage, or on the streets; that would represent the hip hop fashion culture; and most importantly, provoke a feeling inside of all of you.

    So in the end, Lance and I leave you with this – no matter your dance journey, no matter your style preference, BE ORIGINAL…TAKE CHANCES…and MAKE A STATEMENT. Those are the reasons why we created these pieces for NX3.

    Stay Fresh,
    Danielle + Lance
    On the DL

  • 2018 Collection: Share the Joy of Dance With Everyone

    We are always excited to launch our new costume line, and this 2018 collection is our most amazing yet! But Curtain Call is more than costumes. It’s about sharing the joy of dance with everyone. Your performance, both on and off the stage, continues to be our passion. Our ongoing mission is to support you, the artist, the visionary, the teacher, and the business owner- so you can perform at your best, and inspire the next generation of dancers. Supporting you means we strive to lead the costume industry by offering quality, value priced styles, exceptional service, and reliable peace of mind, so you, and your dancers, can perform at their best. This season, it also means we strive to recognize and support the mission to celebrate and protect all dancers.

    Curtain Call is proud to be recognized as the first Y.P.A.D™ Certified costume company! Y.P.A.D. stands for Youth Protection Advocates in Dance, and is a nonprofit dedicated to building empowered dance communities to keep youth happy, healthy and safe in dance. By becoming certified, Curtain Call leads the dance costume industry by incorporating diversity, inclusiveness and safety in how costumes are designed, photographed and promoted.

    With the help of Y.P.A.D.’s Advisory Panel members of industry experts, we have dedicated over 100 hours to developing, organizing, and implementing market research and analysis to help studios choose costumes that specifically support children with special needs. The market research was led by Advisory Panel Member Tricia Gomez, the creator of Rhythm Works Integrative Dance, a rhythm and dance program designed for those with individual learning differences and other special needs. In this ground breaking project, 23 amazing children ages 3-14 were involved to help determine which costumes accommodated diverse needs. Using this research, we developed and assigned helpful icons to specific garments in the 2018 collection to help assist you in selecting the right garment for your dancers.YPAD-icons

    “Curtain Call’s willingness to go through Certification training and coming alongside us in this partnership is absolutely monumental for the dance industry. They continue to set a standard for the dance apparel industry which is to always put the emotional and physical wellness of children before profits and potentially harmful trends.” – Leslie Scott, Founder of Y.P.A.D.

    We hope this new 2018 costume line will inspire you with ideas for choreography and performances, as well as inspire you to learn more about how we can all support our youth and #LetKidsBeKids. We are proud to share this new collection with you, honored to support the Y.P.A.D mission, and grateful that you will consider Curtain Call for your costume needs this season.

    On behalf of our entire team, we hope you have an amazing year!

    Tighe King, CEO and the Curtain Call Team

     

    Special thanks to:
    Curtain Call would like to express a Special Thanks to members of Y.P.A.D.’s Advisory Panel of Industry Experts!
    Without their efforts, this project would not have been possible.

    Tricia Gomez, Rhythm Works Integrative Dance

    Katie Gatlin, M.S. Mental Health Counseling/Dance Educator (Committee Leaders)

    Misty Lown, More Than Just Great Dancing™ and Misty’s Dance Unlimited™

    Vanessa Terrell, The Pointe School of Dance

    Tiffany Prout-Leitao, Center Stage Dance Academy

    Dr. Christina Donaldson, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    Tomi-Ann Roberts, PhD, Department of Psychology, Colorado College

    Leslie Scott, Founder of  Y.P.A.D.™

    Joseph Zanovitch, Director of Y.P.A.D.™

  • Get a Fresh Start: Tips for Cleaning Your Routine

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    By: Jerica Robinson, Relationship Manager

    Cleaning a dance is one of the most vital steps in preparing a routine. Whether it's for competition season, community showcases, or dance recitals, this process can become extremely stressful. And at this point in the year, our students become complacent. I'm going to share a few techniques you can use to clean a routine, while incorporating some fun! In my experience, three of the most helpful ways to clean a dance are breaking them into sections, video-taping, and something I like to call, adding-on.

    Break It Up

    Breaking your dance into sections will help you understand when and where your students are struggling. I like to break my dance into three different sections, and then two eight-counts at a time. By doing so, they can easily learn each section FULL OUT!! After cleaning each eight-count, we gradually speed up the tempo, before adding the music. Once all three sections have been completed, we will then take our dance in halves, using the same process. Although the process is lengthy, it works wonders.

    Hit Record

    I like to videotape the class twice, once with counts and once with music. By watching each video, I can clearly recognize when a student is delayed or anticipating a movement. You can also view the video in “slow motion” which helps you to see simple mistakes. Using this technique, it also allows the class to see any errors for themselves, while also utilizing constructive peer-editing, rather than hearing critiques from their teacher.

    Add On

    The last technique is where the fun begins, add-ons! Breaking the class into two groups is the best way to approach this technique. Starting with two of your most precise students, instruct them through the routine, critiquing as needed. Slowly, add another group of two, and so on, and so forth. By seeing routine in groups and critiquing in real time, each routine will come out cleaner than the last.

    Each of these techniques has a unique benefit and I hope you find them helpful! I also suggest, if your dancers need a little bit of a break, it's always fun to let them do the routine in groups or with an assigned partner. Like I always say, “sometimes hearing a critique from a peer, is a lot easier than the teacher drilling every week”. Remember, you want to keep things exciting to ensure a positive attitude throughout the class.

  • Giving Thanks to Your Biggest Fans

    flowersEach year on the fourth Thursday of November, many Americans take time to reflect on what they are grateful for. As a studio owner, it’s easy to get caught up as you juggle running your business with the holiday season, but it’s important to thank those who continue to make your studio a success all year long. Doing so shows you care for and respect your customers, which can help strengthen your relationships. Here are eight ways to thank your studio parents and dancers:

    1. Make parents feel welcomed and comfortable. If your studio space allows for it, set up a coffee or magazine station for parents to enjoy while waiting for their dancers. By making your customers feel comfortable and offering small tokens of gratitude, you show you are thinking about the long hours a dance parent may have.
    2. When students or families volunteer in support of studio initiatives or events, take time to write hand-written notes to show your gratitude. A bouquet of flowers for dancers that meet a goal or for parents that go above-and-beyond volunteering to make the studio’s recital or community event a success can also be a nice gesture.
    3. Host a Parent Participation or Observation Day, in which parents of students can experience first-hand or observe a variety of dance styles and classes. Not only will parents have fun and learn more about dance, they will leave with a deeper understanding of your studio.
    4. Thank senior students by allowing them to lead a class. It’s a fun way for students to flex their skills and take initiative with something they love to do.
    5. Organize a student and parent group outing by obtaining group tickets to a local play, musical, ballet or symphony. This allows your studio community to spend time together and enjoy the arts at a discounted price.
    6. Give a discount on classes, costumes or classwear to dancers who register for a certain number of classes or to those who refer others to your studio. Additionally, consider setting up a milestone program to recognize students that have been with your studio for five or more years. Giving out certificates or small gifts (such as framed photos, dance gear, pins or jewelry), can be a sincere and personalized way to show students you appreciate their loyalty and want them to stay and grow with your studio family.
    7. When parents put in extra hours to support studio events, organize a raffle featuring local businesses including spa days, restaurant gift certificates, or parent studio gear for them to wear to competitions. These special gifts show you recognize the work and impact volunteers are making.
    8. For students, host cast parties to help them celebrate and show that you’re thankful for the hard work that they have put in. This gives students the fun time they deserve after all of their dedication and effort.

    Whether it’s a special event or gift, or simply kind words, it’s important to share thanks with your students and their families. Whichever way you choose to show your gratitude, make it personal to continue to deepen your student and parent relationships.

  • 5 Reasons You Need to Leap Over to Your Closest Costume Preview Show!

    By Ashley Zimmerman, National Dance Sales Manager

    Each year, our relationship managers hit the road to meet with studio owners across the country at our highly-anticipated costume preview shows. At the shows, you can view Curtain Call’s latest styles so you can start planning your season’s performances and find the costumes that will inspire you to make your dreams a reality!

    Stop by and visit us at one of this year’s seven full-line shows, or 28 preview shows. Each costume preview show is an opportunity to mingle with other dance professionals, meet your Relationship Manager, enter to win prizes and have some fun. But if that isn’t enough to convince you to join us, here are some highlights from last year’s shows.

    1. Eliminate costly travel expenses - we come to your area! With our Costume Preview Shows strategically located throughout the U.S., we make it more convenient for you! Come alone or bring your whole team for a costume planning event!
      Our 2015 East Coast Premiere Party had quite the layout! Our 2015 East Coast Premiere Party had quite the layout!
    2. Get to know your RM better—they’re fun, we promise! Our relationship managers are just like you – they have extensive dance knowledge, whether as dancers, teachers, or studio owners, so they know what you need to help you through your busy dance season. They’re there for you every step of your journey. Come put a face to a name!
      Everyone enjoyed the 2015 West Coast Premiere Party at the Hyatt Regency Orange County with our RM, Takisha! Everyone enjoyed the 2015 West Coast Premiere Party at the Hyatt Regency Orange County with our RM, Takisha!
    3. Check out the latest styles—it’s way better than browsing online! Our models are actual dancers, making it easy to see how costumes will fit and look on your own students. Additionally, we work hard to ensure that your browsing experience is fun and personalized—you are our VIP!
      Our beautiful models were ready for our Costume Preview Show in Orlando, FL! Our beautiful models were ready for our Costume Preview Show in Orlando, FL!
    4. Mix and mingle with fellow dancers and dance lovers—you may even meet a celebrity or two. With special guests and speakers from all over the country, you can gather the insights you need to help run your business, while gaining inspiration from those who know the industry best.
    5. Enter to win great prizes and receive a $100 merchandise credit, just for attending! We’re excited to show you our new line and want to thank you for coming to our costume preview show by giving you some money towards your next purchase.

    This year we’re excited for even more speakers and fun! Special guests include:

    Steve Sirico & Angela D'Valda Sirico of Dance Teacher Web, MusicWorksDanceTeacherWeb-logo

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    Misty Lown of More Than Just Great Dancing
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    Save the date for an event near you by checking out our full line-up of events here.

  • Back to School: Last Minute Secrets for Attracting New Students

    backtoschoolBy: Julia Hilliard, Relationship Manager

    As a dance studio owner, it can feel like the summer months take center stage one day and chassé into the wings the next. This happens, in part, because summer is a very hectic time of year—between wrapping up recital season, coordinating summer classes and trying to rest and rejuvenate, time can slip away!

    But do not fear; there is still time to prepare your studio for a successful fall registration.  As parents start to select extracurricular activities for their children, use the last few weeks of summer to successfully market your studio’s unique brand to your community. Here are a few ways to do so:

    Nurture Existing Relationships

    Happy parents and dancers are your greatest advocates, so it’s important that they remain loyal and happy. To ensure their satisfaction, ask for their feedback. While you will likely receive some feedback throughout the course of the year, by distributing a formal survey, you can solicit specific feedback and show parents and students that you value their input. To maximize feedback, consider offering a participation incentive. For example, when a parent fills out a survey, enter their student into a drawing to win a back-to-school prize package.

    Additionally, make it as easy as possible for students to return to the studio for another exciting season. You could do this by offering early registration incentives or special class promotions.

    Boost Social Media Efforts

    If you’ve dabbled in marketing, you’re aware of the power of social media. Showcasing your studio’s personality and culture via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other channels is an effective way to reach both dancers and their parents.

    However, collecting enough content to maintain numerous social channels can be time consuming and impractical for your busy schedule. To help divvy up social media responsibilities, consider selecting a handful of your loyal, senior students to act as studio reps. You can organize your rep program in a number of ways. For example, you may ask that each rep be responsible for submitting five photos a month for your studio’s channels. You could also encourage your reps to positively promote the studio on their personal channels. Just be sure to have a conversation ahead of time about what kind of content may be deemed inappropriate.

    For additional content, don’t forget to share your studio’s news! Did you just make a big impact in your community through a volunteer effort? Did your students just win big at a local competition? Whatever the story may be, make sure you’re sharing it with your social media community.

    Emphasize Curriculum

    Help parents understand why they should choose your studio over others in the area by emphasizing your curriculum in marketing efforts. For example, if your studio really prides itself on classes for preschoolers, make sure parents know that. Alternatively, if your studio is a better fit for serious ballet students, make sure that is clear, as well. This will help ensure that you are the right fit for a particular student and vice versa.

    If you are finding that your curriculum is not attracting as many students as you had hoped, consider adding unique classes to your fall lineup like “acroyoga” or “rhythm tap.” Additionally, to help show parents and dancers that you’re tuned into the last dance trends, don’t be afraid to talk about conventions or trainings you attended over the summer to stay fresh and current.

    Any tips are tricks for recruiting new students at the end of the summer? We want to hear them! Comment below.

  • Curtain Call 2017 Collection: Inspiring Dreams

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    Dear Valued Customer,

    For 47 years, our customers have supported our efforts to grow and make a difference in the dance costume market. I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to provide the leadership and serve you, our customers, since the very beginning. It has been, and continues to be, an exciting and rewarding ride to evolve and advance our business alongside yours.

    Last year, we worked hard to inspire your creativity as choreographers and studio owners. This year, we are attempting to help make your creative visions reality by offering even more magical styling. So, thanks to your input, we are proud to present to you our 2017 collection: “Inspiring Dreams.”

    As Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” We know both you and your dancers have big dreams, and with a variety of designs that can complement any choreography and all dancers, those dreams can come to fruition. Whether you’re aspiring to choreograph a great performance, nurture the next prima ballerina or discover a hip-hop superstar, we want you to focus on achieving those dreams. Meanwhile, we’ll we take care of the rest.

    To do this, we promise to continue the same best-in-market customer service that you’ve counted on in the past. We will ship on time, provide budget-friendly options while consistently delivering the highest quality products in the industry. We understand every season comes with new challenges and obstacles, but our goal is to ease your path to the finish line. We want to help fuel your imagination while adding no additional stress, so you can instead focus your energy on creating and enjoying magical moments on the way to achieving your dreams.

    In short, we believe in your aspirations, and we’re thankful, proud and honored to be your partner on this journey towards bringing your dreams to life.

    Our very best wishes for a fabulous year,

    Tighe King, CEO, Perform Group and the Curtain Call team

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  • Summer Blues? Put on Your Dancing Shoes!

    By: Stacey Raab, Relationship Manager

    Summer-SunFrom our team at Curtain Call to you: Congratulations on wrapping up what we hope was a successful and fulfilling recital season! You have certainly earned some time to relax, rejuvenate and reflect on your achievements—both big and small—from the past year.

    While the summer months provide an important opportunity to unwind and refocus, they also provide numerous excuses for your students to step away from dance for a few weeks. After competition and recital seasons, many dancers are in their best shape. Stopping cold turkey over the summer may cause them to lose the technique and physicality they worked so hard to achieve during the school year. Occasionally students will take the summer off from dancing then return in the fall to find that they’ve fallen behind compared to their peers who continued their practice year-round. This can lead to hurt feelings or unhappy dancers and parents.

    So while it’s easy to let the summer heat lure your students into a swimming pool or onto a couch in an air conditioned room, be sure to think about keeping them engaged over the summer to set them up for success come fall:

    Tips for Studio Owners

    Consider Adding New Classes. Summer is a great time to test drive classes and assess how popular they may be in the fall. Offering trendy classes like pop ballet, jazz-funk or improvisation may encourage existing students to consider classes outside of their comfort zones and even attract new students who are intrigued by your studio’s unique offerings. Also, organizing classes in disciplines like yoga, aerial yoga, gymnastics and Pilates give your more serious dancers an opportunity to cross-train and maintain the flexibility and strength that they built over the last season.

    Welcome Guest Teachers. To keep engagement and excitement levels high during the slower summer months, welcome guest teachers into your studio to teach a class or a series of classes. Guests can be anyone from studio alumni who are home for the summer to master dancers from out of town. You can even offer workshops to give some of your advanced dancers a chance to try their hand setting choreography on their peers.

    Offer Specialized Camps or Private Lessons. More often than not, parents—especially working parents—are looking for interesting ways to keep their children occupied during the week. To accommodate this desire, consider offering specialized camps that allow students to develop their technique across dance genres while spending time with their friends.

    Additionally, offering private lessons (or offering them at a discounted rate during the summer) is a great way to provide students with one-on-one instruction that they may not be getting during the school year. This personalized attention may help students feel more engaged with their practice and get them excited to excel in their regular classes come fall.

    Participate in Community Events. If your community celebrates summer with activities like festivals, parades and charity drives, get your students involved. Work with the event coordinators to secure a spot for your dancers to perform one of their recital pieces for attendees. Participation in these events gives your students an excuse to stay in shape and also doubles as a great marketing tactic to attract new dancers to your studio.

    Engage Students via Social Media. Consider incentivizing a social media contest that encourages your students to share dancing photos during their summer breaks. You may be surprised by the submissions you receive: arabesques on the beach during a family vacation or even lunch break pirouettes during a student’s first summer job!

    Summer days don’t have to be lazy! With the right combination of summer offerings, your students can stay engaged, flexible and active during their summer breaks, and you can ensure that your studio is set up for a successful season.

    What are your tricks for keeping students engaged during the summer? We want to know! Share in the comments below.

  • Beyond the Dollar Sign: The Benefits of Classwear Partnerships

    By: Amelia Smith-Fazio, Relationship Manager

    Benefits of Classwear-CC4C--Dancers-in-BlackAs a studio owner, you have a decision to make: to offer classwear in-studio or not to offer classwear in-studio. Providing classwear is one way that you can ease parents’ entry into the dance world, giving them easy access to the trendiest apparel while also offering top-notch costumer service and robust class offerings. Some studio owners offer classwear to create an additional revenue stream, but there are other benefits that you may not have considered. Classwear programs provide convenience for parents, keep your studio organized and encourage studio pride.

    1. Provide Convenience for Your Customers: Parents see you as a trusted resource, so they can breathe easy knowing apparel you select will be the highest quality and will allow their dance student to practice at their very best. This means that parents won’t have to take the time out of their hectic schedules to visit several stores or peruse multiple websites looking for the correct, best or most durable outfits for their dancers. They can bring their money to a familiar place, instead of traveling to a store or navigating a website that does not offer the customer service and attention that you provide. In short, providing classwear puts a parent’s mind at ease. Additionally, for recital and competition seasons, partnering with a classwear vendor ensures that everyone has the appropriate tights, shoes and accessories to make the dancers look uniform on stage.
    1. Keep Your Studio Organized: Many studio owners coordinate their students in colored leotards by age or level to distinguish classes easily with one glance. For example, some have very young students in lighter colors and older students in flattering darker colors. Advancing through the colored leotard tiers help students build confidence as they progress to each new level and establishes a sense of pride that radiates through each class. Designated classwear can keep students more focused during their class, establish a sense of discipline and level the playing field amongst students.This color coordination can also be helpful to studio owner operations. During busy class schedules, coordinated classwear helps you identify levels or ages quickly so you can direct them to the right studio or warm up location.
    1. Encourage Student Pride: Customized gear helps students demonstrate studio pride. It also drives brand awareness while at events, unifying the whole studio across ages and technique levels. Customized studio gear is perfect for all--from excited little ones participating in their first classes to older dancers who have grown to love their studio to supportive parents. Consider stocking your studio store for a special milestone, such as a studio anniversary or a great competition season. With many apparel and accessory designs, you can choose items that reflect your studio’s unique personality.

    If you’re interested in learning more about Curtain Call for Class, check us out here or contact your Relationship Manager

  • Consider Finding a Mentor

    By: Misty Lown, More Than Just Great Dancing

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    As a dance student, I had no question about the value of having a mentor. I didn’t call these influencers in my life mentors, I called them teachers, but they were mentors in the truest sense of the word. They shared their experiences and wisdom with me, and challenged me to grow in my art. They held my feet to fire when I wanted to give up, encouraged me to define my goals and helped me create strategies to reach them.

    And, then a funny thing happened. I graduated.

    I can’t say that it’s anybody’s fault, but somewhere in the space between college and career, I found myself on my own, lacking the support system I had grown to rely upon. My teachers moved on to new students and I moved into what I thought being a responsible adult meant. And, to me that meant that I should be able to handle things on my own.

    And, a not-so-funny thing started to happen. I started to get burned out.

    Starting my dance studio at age 21 was exciting, but the weight of the responsibility added up quickly. Add a marriage and young family and my studio started to look like a burden instead of a blessing. And that’s when it dawned on me: I wasn’t made to carry this all on my own. I didn’t want to be a “solopreneur”, I wanted to be an entrepreneur, so I started actively seeking mentors again. Studio life has never been the same.

    Have you been there? Are you there now?

    I have been there and I want you to know that you are not alone. Not only that, you are not designed to do this alone. Just like you needed a mentor as a dance student, you need a mentor as a business owner.

    If you are ready to break the isolation of business ownership, check out these ideas for finding and learning from a mentor.

    1. Identify the wisdom, encouragement or tools that you are most in need of right now. If you are having a hard time with studio-specific challenges, reach out to another respected owner in your region for advice. If you are struggling with home/work balance, reach out to someone who has an admirable balance of both. Perhaps growing your business is your biggest struggle. If so, then grabbing lunch with seasoned business owner of any larger business may help you.

    2. Don’t be afraid to initiate contact. This is where a lot of studio owners lose courage because they just don’t know what to say or they fear being turned down. If this is you, take the pressure off of yourself. You’re not making a marriage proposal—you are just looking to start a conversation with someone who is a little further down the business path than you are right now. My suggestion is to reach out by email to the person you are interested in learning from and ask them if they would be willing to join you for a 55 minute Learning Lunch (55 minutes is efficient and intriguing!).

    3. Come with your questions. Before you ask questions that are specific to your situation, get to know the person. They will likely answer many of your questions just by sharing their journey as a business leader. Once you’ve established a rapport, ask for insights on your specific situation.

    4. Open the door for more. If anticipate thinking of additional questions to ask after your Learning Lunch, ask your guest if they would be open to an email follow up. Again, you are not asking for a permanent mentoring relationship. You are just keeping the door open for another conversation.

    5. Follow Up. Did you learn something? Did it cause you to make changes? Let that person know. Gratitude is the fuel of relationships.

    Finding a mentor is a little like dating. You wouldn’t take every person on a second date, but you can learn something from every person. But, when you do find that person you just click with, your life will certainly be enriched by the relationship.

    You have nothing to lose, so make a list of five people you’d like to learn from today! And, in case I’m on that list, here is my email: [email protected] :)

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