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The Tutor Podcast the weekly show that’s all about the business of helping people.
If you’re a tutor, a teacher or a coach, join your host Neil Cowmeadow for news, tips and insights to help you Start, Grow and Love your tutoring business. Plain English, no buzzwords and no BS. So, if you want to make more money - and make more of a difference - The Tutor Podcast will be with you, every step of the way.

The Tutor Podcast Neil Cowmeadow

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    • 4.7 • 6 Ratings

The Tutor Podcast the weekly show that’s all about the business of helping people.
If you’re a tutor, a teacher or a coach, join your host Neil Cowmeadow for news, tips and insights to help you Start, Grow and Love your tutoring business. Plain English, no buzzwords and no BS. So, if you want to make more money - and make more of a difference - The Tutor Podcast will be with you, every step of the way.

    Leverage - How to Get More with Less!

    Leverage - How to Get More with Less!

    Are you using the art of leverage in your mentoring, coaching or tutoring business to get more done in less time? In this episode of The Tutor Podcast, Neil shares with you benefits of leverage in your business to do more of what you most love to do and earn more money. Listen in to discover how to systemise your business, optimise your time, build up a network of contacts and use other peoples knowledge to get what you want.


    Contact Neil (info@neilcowmeadow.com)

     

    KEY TAKEAWAYS

     

    Leverage is very important to growing and scaling your business but as entrepreneurs, there is a belief that ‘nobody can do it better than I can’.  As teachers there are limited hours to teach so we must leverage our time, people, money, systems, knowledge and contacts. All of these can work for you with very little input, once set up and optimised.  It’s never too early to start using leverage.



    Time: You can leverage your time more efficiently by setting a daily routine for yourself and listing out what tasks you want to get done by the end of the day and then set actions to complete those tasks. Aim to stay accountable for your time and get the best use out of it.

     

    People: Ask yourself who can I get to do this? Build a team of experts around you that will charge less than you do for teaching. Build up a network of contacts that you can leverage to get all of your tasks done so that you can remain focused on what you’re best at, teaching.

     

    Systems: Defined as a streamlined way of completing a task so that you can continue to grow your business in a reputable manner. Systems will make you fast and help you check the boxes off your daily routine and improve your teaching. Set up good and consistent systems for your business with a manual so that you can then farm out managing the systems for even more leverage.

     

    Knowledge: Who knows what you want to know? Use other peoples knowledge as well as your own to get what you want. Seek out a mentor, teach or coach to help minimise your competence to excellence by leaning on others inspired thinking.

    BEST MOMENTS

     

    “Decide to do what only you can and farm out everything else and only focus on the vital few things that you love to do.”

    “50% of something is better than 100% of nothing”

    “Figure out what it is that only you can do, what you’re unique at doing”

    “Farm out everything that you don’t what to do”

    “The first time you set up your systems will be the worst time you set up your systems”

    “What devices can you use to make you better at what you do”

     

    VALUABLE RESOURCES
    Listen to The Tutor Podcast on the Apple Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-tutor-podcast/id1369191372)!

    Build Your Online Course Week 1: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/build-your-online-course/id1369191372?i=1000477109724
    Course Planning Week 2: Who Am I?: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/build-your-online-course/id1369191372?i=1000477109724
    Who are They? (Know Your Punters): https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/who-are-they-know-your-punters/id1369191372?i=1000478984529
    Read the Weird Things Guitarists Do book by Neil Cowmeadow, which is available now on Amazon. Link - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Weird-Things-Guitarists-Do-Misconceptions/dp/1519026579/
    Contact Neil via this website - com!

    ABOUT THE HOST

    Neil Cowmeadow is a maverick peripatetic guitar teacher from Telford with over 19 years’ experience in the business of helping people. Learn how to start, grow and love your business with Neil’s invaluable advice and tips without the buzzwords and BS!

    CONTACT METHOD

    info@neilcowmeadow.com

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 18 min
    Who’s doing better than I am?

    Who’s doing better than I am?

    Have you ever asked yourself who’s doing better than I am? There are people out there that have better answers than you do and you can learn from them. In this episode of The Tutor Podcast, Neil shares his advice on how you can improve your business, stay optimistic and stand of the shoulders of giants when you copy, follow and innovate your business based on the best practices of those who are doing better than you.

     

    Contact Neil (info@neilcowmeadow.com)

     

    KEY TAKEAWAYS

     
    Find people that are doing better than you are and model your business after them. Learn from them and synthesis how you can improve your business. Consider how they think and approach a problem, how they stay engaged and how they do what they do to achieve the results that they get.

     
    We should always surround ourselves with people that are doing better than we are than people that are not doing as well as we are. Search for the experts that are way out in front of you and steal their best practices, merge their ideas together so that you can stand on the shoulders of giants.


    The mainstream media won’t help you keep focused on your own life and dreams. It will hook you in with fear and sensationalism. When you unplug from the mainstream media you’ve got time to think and stay curious.

     

    BEST MOMENTS

     

    “If you steal from everybody it’s not plagiarism, it’s just research.”

    “Build on the shoulders of giants”

    “Look at the people who are optimistic right now and borrow their mindset”

    “Everybody that has achieved on a high level has innovated and disrupted”

     

     

    VALUABLE RESOURCES
    Listen to The Tutor Podcast on the Apple Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-tutor-podcast/id1369191372)!

    Build Your Online Course Week 1: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/build-your-online-course/id1369191372?i=1000477109724
    Course Planning Week 2: Who Am I?: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/build-your-online-course/id1369191372?i=1000477109724
    Who are They? (Know Your Punters): https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/who-are-they-know-your-punters/id1369191372?i=1000478984529
    Read the Weird Things Guitarists Do book by Neil Cowmeadow, which is available now on Amazon. Link - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Weird-Things-Guitarists-Do-Misconceptions/dp/1519026579/
    Contact Neil via this website - com!

    ABOUT THE HOST

    Neil Cowmeadow is a maverick peripatetic guitar teacher from Telford with over 19 years’ experience in the business of helping people. Learn how to start, grow and love your business with Neil’s invaluable advice and tips without the buzzwords and BS!

    CONTACT METHOD

    info@neilcowmeadow.com

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 9 min
    Keep Calm and Tutor On

    Keep Calm and Tutor On

    How will the new lockdown restrictions affect your tutoring business? In today’s episode, Neil shares his advice on how you can adapt and scale your business, continue to serve your tribe online and how you can set and achieve new goals both for your personal development and your business during the lockdown. Listen in and learn and why it’s important to stay positive, why you need to remain a leader to your students and how you and your business can thrive under new restrictions.

     

    Contact Neil (info@neilcowmeadow.com)

     

    KEY TAKEAWAYS

     
    Use the new lockdown to set yourself a goal. Consider your accounts, out of date admin and if you’re learning anything moving forward? Set yourself an income goal, a health goal and everything to keep your business going and your mind active.


    This is a good time to think strategically about your business, how you will adapt and change and how to can diversify your business in order to reach 6-streams of income to reduce any risk.


    How can you continue to serve your tribe during the lockdown? Serve your tribe, contact your students and ensure you’re continuing to teach online, on social media and over the phone. This is also a good opportunity to ask for referrals, market and expand your tribe.

     
    Remember you can’t change what happens, but you can change how you respond. More than ever, it’s down to you and me to take action on our own behalf – nobody is coming to the rescue, so it’s down to us.


    We are responsible, meaning “able to respond”. This is your chance to LEAD and to SHINE, to be a reliable & positive influence in the lives of your students, clients and mentees.

     

    BEST MOMENTS

     

    “You can do NOTHING about the draconian legislation itself – but you DO get to choose how you respond to it.”

    “Work on all those projects that you haven’t had time for”

    “You should aim to have six streams of income in your business”

    “Get yourself more organised and figure out how you can do things better”

     

     

    VALUABLE RESOURCES
    Listen to The Tutor Podcast on the Apple Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-tutor-podcast/id1369191372)!

    Build Your Online Course Week 1: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/build-your-online-course/id1369191372?i=1000477109724
    Course Planning Week 2: Who Am I?: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/build-your-online-course/id1369191372?i=1000477109724
    Who are They? (Know Your Punters): https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/who-are-they-know-your-punters/id1369191372?i=1000478984529
    Read the Weird Things Guitarists Do book by Neil Cowmeadow, which is available now on Amazon. Link - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Weird-Things-Guitarists-Do-Misconceptions/dp/1519026579/
    Contact Neil via this website - com!

    ABOUT THE HOST

    Neil Cowmeadow is a maverick peripatetic guitar teacher from Telford with over 19 years’ experience in the business of helping people. Learn how to start, grow and love your business with Neil’s invaluable advice and tips without the buzzwords and BS!

    CONTACT METHOD

    info@neilcowmeadow.com

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 15 min
    Assume the Position

    Assume the Position

    How are you perceived by your students and in your marketplace? Listen in as Neil shares his tips on how to figure out how you are positioned and how you can align your view with your students. Discover why consistency is key to success, how to position yourself as an authority in your field and how to identify your lane and stay in it.

     

    Contact Neil (info@neilcowmeadow.com)

     

    KEY TAKEAWAYS

     
    Be true to yourself. Integrity is honesty and it will give your students a sense of certainty. What is it you do that makes you special, different and authority in your chosen field? Ask yourself, why you want to be a tutor?


    Ask your students and get feedback from them. Ensure their perception of you is aligned with the tutor you are.


    Look at what creates the perception of your teaching. Consider your environment, the lighting, your accolades and the tidiness of your teaching room. Everything says something about you and impact on the impression student will have on you.

     
    Nothing says more about you than how you deal with time. Be on time and be professional. Being unprepared and failing to plan for your students will seriously undermine your status so take notes and keep records.

     
    Availability can affect how you are perceived, if your calendar is empty you will appear to be unpopular, if you are booked solid you will appear to be sought after.

     
    Consider your fees. Aim for the premium end of the market and you will attract a certain type of clientele. Additionally always offer a super-premium tier or package for your clients.

     
    Everything counts, when you meet your students you must be who they expect you to be. Don’t leave anything to chance.

     

     

     

    BEST MOMENTS

    “Consistently show up and be the same person each and every week”

    “Your appearance and your language is key to your student perception of you.”

    “Identify your lane and stay in it”

    “Who are you to your tribe?”

     

    VALUABLE RESOURCES
    Listen to The Tutor Podcast on the Apple Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-tutor-podcast/id1369191372)!

    Build Your Online Course Week 1: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/build-your-online-course/id1369191372?i=1000477109724
    Course Planning Week 2: Who Am I?: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/build-your-online-course/id1369191372?i=1000477109724
    Who are They? (Know Your Punters): https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/who-are-they-know-your-punters/id1369191372?i=1000478984529
    Read the Weird Things Guitarists Do book by Neil Cowmeadow, which is available now on Amazon. Link - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Weird-Things-Guitarists-Do-Misconceptions/dp/1519026579/
    Contact Neil via this website - com!

    ABOUT THE HOST

    Neil Cowmeadow is a maverick peripatetic guitar teacher from Telford with over 19 years’ experience in the business of helping people. Learn how to start, grow and love your business with Neil’s invaluable advice and tips without the buzzwords and BS!

    CONTACT METHOD

    info@neilcowmeadow.com

     

     

     

     

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 15 min
    Everything is on YouTube

    Everything is on YouTube

    Is the amount of free video content online a problem or an opportunity for your coaching, tutoring or teaching business? Today, Neil shares his thoughts on the opportunity YouTube presents and how you can use it to created structured and sequenced lessons online but also validate your own one to one tutoring with feedback, accountability and tailored content. Listen in to find out more!

     

    Contact Neil (info@neilcowmeadow.com) 

     

    KEY TAKEAWAYS 

     
    Students learning on YouTube suffer from the same issue of ‘monkey see, money do’ and as a result, there is no underlying knowledge that allows them to create beyond what they’ve learnt online.

     
    As a novice seeking to learn a new skill, you don’t know what’s good or what’s bad, what’s productive and what’s relevant and what will actually be useful to them. 

     
    YouTube has become a massive opportunity for tutors providing structured and sequenced lessons with logical progression based on a system or approach. As well as providing inspiration and insights into what students are looking to learn.

     
    By tutoring an individual you can tailor lessons to their ability and evolve their together as their knowledge and understanding develop, whereas a YouTube video is created for the masses.

     
    Always give feedback to the students and create accountability for them that will create a solid foundation for them to build upon.


    It’s likely that everything the student needs is on Youtube, along with a lot of useless content and unless the student is an expert, they’re unlikely to know the difference.

     

    BEST MOMENTS 

    “With the amount of video content out there is it a problem or an opportunity?”

    “A lot of students have self-taught from Youtube and pick up the basics but those students demonstrate the same problems of overwhelm” 

    “With the amount of content online, students don’t know what content to consume and how valid it is”

    “Students learning online are trying to build on foundations built on sand”

    “People today are doing more work on Youtube and getting nowhere fast”

    “Humour and playfulness have to be built into your tutoring sessions”

    “Cover the basics and go from the centre outwards.”

     

    VALUABLE RESOURCES
    Listen to The Tutor Podcast on the Apple Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-tutor-podcast/id1369191372)!
    Build Your Online Course Week 1: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/build-your-online-course/id1369191372?i=1000477109724
    Course Planning Week 2: Who Am I?: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/build-your-online-course/id1369191372?i=1000477109724
    Who are They? (Know Your Punters): https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/who-are-they-know-your-punters/id1369191372?i=1000478984529
    Read the Weird Things Guitarists Do book by Neil Cowmeadow, which is available now on Amazon. Link - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Weird-Things-Guitarists-Do-Misconceptions/dp/1519026579/
    Contact Neil via this website - NeilCowmeadow.com!

    ABOUT THE HOST

    Neil Cowmeadow is a maverick peripatetic guitar teacher from Telford with over 19 years’ experience in the business of helping people. Learn how to start, grow and love your business with Neil’s invaluable advice and tips without the buzzwords and BS!

    CONTACT METHOD

    info@neilcowmeadow.com

     

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 12 min
    ‘What’s good about this?’

    ‘What’s good about this?’

    ‘What’s good about this?’ By asking this question you can turn anything into something good and when you’re facing a situation at first glance, looking for the good is all that really matters. Tune in to hear Neil’s all-time favourite question and how you too, can benefit from a change in mindset, perception and fortunes when simply looking for the good and turning a negative into a positive.

     

    Contact Neil (info@neilcowmeadow.com) with how you get on asking ‘What’s good about this’ in your business.

     

    KEY TAKEAWAYS


    By just asking ‘what’s good about this’ reframes whatever problem or issue you’re facing and takes it from being a negative situation to a situation that contains something good and valuable and allows you to dilute the gravity of the situation.

     
    The power of asking that question can bring about new opportunities and can allow you to turn a negative situation and mindset into a positive and profitable outcome when you apply this question to your business and personal life.

     
    Your perception will change when you begin looking for the good in the situations you encounter. If you begin to do this in all aspects of life.

     

    BEST MOMENTS

    “My favourite question of all time forces you to look at whatever the situation is and find the good in it.”

     

    VALUABLE RESOURCES
    Listen to The Tutor Podcast on the Apple Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-tutor-podcast/id1369191372)!

    Build Your Online Course Week 1: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/build-your-online-course/id1369191372?i=1000477109724
    Course Planning Week 2: Who Am I?: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/build-your-online-course/id1369191372?i=1000477109724
    Who are They? (Know Your Punters): https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/who-are-they-know-your-punters/id1369191372?i=1000478984529
    Read the Weird Things Guitarists Do book by Neil Cowmeadow, which is available now on Amazon. Link - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Weird-Things-Guitarists-Do-Misconceptions/dp/1519026579/
    Contact Neil via this website - com!

    ABOUT THE HOST

    Neil Cowmeadow is a maverick peripatetic guitar teacher from Telford with over 19 years’ experience in the business of helping people. Learn how to start, grow and love your business with Neil’s invaluable advice and tips without the buzzwords and BS!

    CONTACT METHOD

    info@neilcowmeadow.com

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

shmelkele ,

Bang on

Neil is calm, focussed and adds value with every podcast. We worth a binge-listen.

Sweeney Bear ,

Genuine, helpful and wise

I’ve had the fortune to work with Neil as my tutor over the last year. Wearing his guitar teacher hat he has opened up a whole world of new experiences for me. He has depth, empathy, bravery and skill. Based on the first 3 episodes of the podcast I can tell you these are worth while, helpful and will continue to get better and better.

Amyosaurus ,

Hit and miss

Some episodes of this podcast are filled with useful information, such as what the different types of business are in the UK and why you would choose one over the other, or how a DBS check would benefit you as a tutor. Others are little more than smug rambles about how successful Neil deems himself to be, as a tutor, as a property developer, as a father. Avoid the longer episodes as there isn't enough practical content to make them worth listening to.

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