133 episodes

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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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.

    Squirrels And Rabbit Holes- Unexpected Questions.

    Squirrels And Rabbit Holes- Unexpected Questions.

    Have you ever been taken aback by an unexpected question from one of your students during a tutoring lesson? Join Neil today as he discusses how to answer your student’s troubling questions and why you are a great source to answer them. Discover why it is important to immediately deal with your students’ query, how answering their anxieties can increase your value to them and why your own personal experiences can help shape the answer they need.

     

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    An unexpected question asked during your tutoring session from your student is often something that has been troubling them for years. If they have been playing from their teens and are now in their sixties and they have finally figured out that it is worth getting lessons, then the tutor is able to be the source that answers that question for them.

     
    When a student asks you an unexpected question, answer it straight away. Otherwise, with that nagging question in their minds you will struggle to engage with them on the planned material, and so will you. The question has precedence and has put down some roots in the mind. It is hogging their attention and you should deal with it. If it is not dealt with the real material will bounce off their defences.

     
    Depending on how you’re wired up, how you respond to that question can be a problem, or it can be a chance to be of greater service and value to your students. If you’re hard-wired into the syllabus, the chances are it is a problem that needs getting rid of. If you have the knowledge and experience to formulate a solution for your students, then this is your golden moment. When you answer that question and resolve the years of anxiety then you have just ratcheted up your value to them.

     
    Answering their unexpected questions earns you loyalty and confirms you as their authority figure. The very fact that you care enough to shift your focus demonstrates that your student’s outcome matters more to you than dogmatically following the lesson plan.

     
    As tutors, by being useful you are able to help students by moving their lives in the direction of their dreams. You are able to help them become the people they would like to be. It is a fabulous way to make a living, and if you share all the insights and knowledge that you have to build up throughout the years, you are even more useful than if you confine yourself to a single narrow field of excellence.

     
    As you figure out the answers and effectively communicate the answers to your students, you make new connections. You are able to discover new routes and conduits for your subject matter or an unrelated subject. As everybody knows the teacher always receives the best listeners. The most valuable lessons of all are taught to us when we teach what's uncommon and what’s hard to teach.

     

    BEST MOMENTS

    “These little unexpected squirrels and the rabbit holes that take us off track are really where the gold is.”

     

    “You’ve demonstrated by your actions that you’re present for them and that you are able to respond to their needs You’ve made the lesson more about them and you have drawn on your own expertise and knowledge”

     

    “It is the greatest thing about what we do day in day out. We get to be more useful.”

     

    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 - http

    • 9 min
    The Art of Vanishing

    The Art of Vanishing

    Discover today the benefits of perfecting the art of vanishing. Join Neil as he discusses the importance of going off the grid for the day to take yourself away from working in the business so you can focus on working on the business. Neil talks through how to eliminate your everyday distractions, how to prepare for your isolation day and why it is beneficial to take time away from your everyday life to focus on your future.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    The art of vanishing is giving yourself a day of isolation to just step back. It is really easy to get yourself sucked into the vortex of everyday ‘doing’. When you’re in business with yourself you are constantly busy, and that can be a danger. Many business owners can fall into the habit of doing little jobs for the business on top of your already large list of jobs coupled with your private life.

     
    Having an isolation day is a really beneficial thing to do. It should be your ambition to aim to vanish a couple of days each month. Getting away from your ‘normal’ life is a tactic. Take yourself completely off the grid and eliminate all distractions. Each interruption to your working day will take about 20 minutes out of your life.

     
    Even with the new COVID restrictions it is still well advised to take a day to yourself. This may mean not leaving the house. Tell your family members or housemates whom you live with, that you are not available throughout the day. Get your partner or your spouse on board but be prepared for some resistance and push back. Remember, you are not having a day off, you are having a clear day to think strategically and plan a better future for you both to share.

     
    Start thinking about what supplies you will need for your isolation day. You don’t want to have to break up the precious and sacred time you have set aside for yourself, in order to go and purchase supplies. Park your car offsite. If people think that your cars are not on the driveway, then you must also be out. Turn off the doorbell and house phone as well as drawing all the curtains to prevent you from being impulsively visited.

     
    Think about how you will structure the next ten years of your life. The best way to do this is by getting away from what you do on a day to day basis. Put some space between you and what would normally be done. Clear a whole day to escape from your desk and spend that time really thinking about how things are going. Review where you are and what you want to do more and less of.

     

     

    BEST MOMENTS

    “It is my way of guaranteeing I am going to work on the business, not just in it.”

     

    “Nothing life or death ever came via email.”

     

    “This is the time where you decide how it is going to go down for you.”

    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.

    • 21 min
    What's in the Box?

    What's in the Box?

    Have you ever had a student confess to you that they are just not creative? That they have never been able to create something unique themselves? Today Neil provides you with an exercise to exhort that creativity from each of your students. Encourage your students’ imagination by asking them to imagine what is in the fictitious box, and encourage their creativity to evolve.

     

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    It is no wonder that governments are such big fans of education. When you impose conformity and suppress new ideas, you have to inevitably kill imagination and murder the idea of play. When the right way to do something is dogmatically enforced and non-compliance is punished, it is no wonder that children shut themselves down to avoid negative consequences. This is what schools do to kids.

     
    Time after time students may tell you that they are not the creative type. Encourage your students to make mistakes so that they can get rid of the sounds that they don’t want and the ideas they don’t use. Start them very broad and narrow down their creativity.

     
    What’s in the box is a technique that came from Standford University. Ask your student to close their eyes and pretend you are handing them a small box with a lid on it. There is always something in the box. Ask the student to open the box and tell you what is inside? What they find in the box is the preferred subject of a song, story or poem which they have just created out of thin air.

     
    They have created the seed of an idea based on the position that there is something in the box at all times. Often they are reluctant to say what is in the box but you can always encourage them. Ask them ‘what colour is it?’ , ‘tell me more about it?’ or ‘where did it come from?’. Soften the questions by telling them that what they are telling you is really interesting to you.

     
    The more physical attributes that the student can conjure up such as weight, colour, smell and texture then the more vivid the thing in the box becomes. Your job is to help your students play with the contents of the box and throw ideas backwards and forwards until the student is capable of looking after the process all by themselves.

     

     

    BEST MOMENTS

    “They weren’t creative, they were compliant.”

    “That’s not bad for someone who isn’t creative, is it?”

    “I’ve lost count of the number of students who have discovered something in the box.”



    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
    The Treasure Basket

    The Treasure Basket

    In today's episode, Neil discusses how to create a treasure basket of teaching treasure to help your students learn in the best way possible. Discover how accumulating your thoughts on paper can lead to creating some of your best teaching material, how new ideas often come from non-typical students and why they love it when you try out new techniques tailored specifically for them.

     

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    By allowing waste paper to accumulate, things that would have ordinarily been thrown away are able to be utilised for good material. Some of it may be everyday material but sometimes it comes out with a twist. Perhaps you will find a new pattern or a twist on the usual material.

     
    Pieces of material that you have jotted down in the past on pieces of waste paper can actually catch a nuance of something you have been using subliminally below the threshold of your own recognition.

     
    Let's say you have a new idea or implementation you would like to use on students, sometimes it may work and sometimes it doesn’t. New ideas usually come from non-typical students and you may need to come up with new ideas to help support them. Tell them that they are your ‘lab rat’ and you are going to test a new technique out on them.

     
    The first attempt will not often work, therefore you need to tweak it and do a revised version of the new technique. The early versions will end up in the treasure basket and that is where the teaching treasure is kept.

     
    You may find that your students love it when you try out new techniques designed to their needs as it makes the lesson solely about them. You are not just using a bog-standard approach to teaching, it is using their thoughts and processes to tailor the content to them. It is collaborating creativity because you are coming up with ideas, throwing them out there and they are giving you feedback on your new technique.

     
    If you are not catching this, you may be missing out on a source of solid teaching gold. If you are planning to write on what you do as a teacher then this is a no brainer. Capture your output, especially on paper and especially those brilliant ideas in their raw form. The paper part is vital as it will sit in the basket looking at you and invite you to mine some of that gold. It is tangible and visible and it won't vanish.

     

    BEST MOMENTS

    “It turned what I thought was trash into treasure.”

    “There might just be a shift in perspective from ourselves.”

    “Those early versions go into the treasure basket.”

     

    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.

    • 11 min
    What Makes a Pro?

    What Makes a Pro?

    Have you ever wondered what separates a ‘pro’ from an ‘amateur’? Join Neil today as he outlines his 12 ways to identify if you or your tutor is a professional or not. Neil discusses the importance of punctuality, how pros are constantly evolving and bettering themselves along with why to be considered a pro, you have to be in it for the long haul.

     

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    Pro’s are always on time. Punctuality is the politeness of kings and a professional shows up on time every time. When you hire a pro they will always show up and they will always be punctual. They know the value of both their own time and your time.
    Pro’s have got everything in order. They have everything they need at their fingertips. The work is important enough for the pro that they get organised and they stay organised. They know where stuff is and they can get hold of it quickly. By contrast, amateurs are disorganised and may potentially forget to bring things with them.
    Pros hold the frame. The frame of the interaction is the perspective from which the encounter is viewed. The pro will always control the frame of the interaction and they structure the whole of the session so they get the result they want. With amateurs, the direction could just go anywhere. There is no real sense of frame control and they often become easily distracted.
    Pro’s are always evolving. They work harder on themselves than they work in their job. They are always trying to do better, make things clearer and to teach a little better. They are often hell-bent on becoming better versions of themselves, it is endless and it is tireless. It becomes a lifelong journey of discovery for the pro. Amateurs settle, they tend to make changes only when they’re absolutely forced to.
    Pro’s are in it for the long haul, often for a lifetime. Pro’s will plan, think and act as though they are going to be in the business for the rest of their lives. Amateurs tend to be very short term based, they don’t have much of a plan and it is often just a stopgap for them. If you want to be a pro, figure out how to get into tutoring for the long haul and ensure you are enjoying it every single day.

     

    BEST MOMENTS

    “Pro’s have a space or a place where they do their magic.”

    “Whoever controls the frame most strongly, will control the outcome of the interaction.”

    “Pro’s would teach even if we weren't getting paid for it. To do it is its own reward and it is fun for us. Holidays and days off can seem like lost opportunities for us.”

     

    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.

    • 20 min
    Handling The Price Objection

    Handling The Price Objection

    Ever wondered how to deal with customers who try to reject your pricing strategy?  Are you sick of people trying to haggle down your rates? Well, join us today as Neil discusses how to handle price objections. In this episode, Neil looks at how your premium pricing should be used as a selling point, offering alternative options to those who haggle and why if you are a good tutor, you should be getting paid highly for your expertise.

    KEY TAKEAWAYS
    You should make your premium pricing a non-issue, better still make this a selling point. Always acknowledge your price difference, if you do not have a price difference with your competitors then ask yourself why? Are you setting your rates high enough to reflect the massive value you deliver to your students and clients?

     
    When you come across a client that is questioning your rates you need to ask if the cost is really their main consideration. If it is, this type of client may not be the best fit for you as a tutor, because if their first interaction with you is by them trying to haggle it’s you, then they are probably not going to be pleasant to deal with going forward.

     
    If the customer begins to object to your pricing strategy, offer them, alternative tutors, at the bottom end of the market. Explain that you are perhaps not a good fit for them, but you can recommend somebody at a lower price point. Ask them a soft version of whether they are looking for the cheapest option or the option that offers them the best results.

     
    Always agree with your customers. Agree that yes, they could find a cheaper tutor, but would they like a cheap tutor or would they like a good tutor? Let them join the dots to the implication that they can’t have both a good tutor and a cheap tutor, these two options simply do not go hand in hand. Offering a discount on a block booking discount for a large number of lessons could be an option for your client.

     
    If you are a good tutor you should be getting well paid for your expertise. Remember that being amongst the most expensive is usually thought to be the best. If you offer your services at a very cheap rate, you will be interpreted as being not very good. Being expensive will automatically position you as being better than others whose rates are lower than yours.

     

    BEST MOMENTS

    “I don’t think there has ever been a better situation in which to run a tutoring business. I don’t think there has ever been a situation quite as advantageous to us.”

    “You are almost giving them an invitation to argue that they should be allowed to work with you.”

    “Don’t be average. Aspire to be exceptional.”

     

    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.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

makethegrade ,

Real value

Just the facts and usable value and information. Sometimes blunt and thought provoking and always useful. Thank you.

Holmes Tutoring ,

Great for starting a tutoring business

I’m a former teacher who had to resign for health reasons. I’ve been looking for a tutoring podcast and finally found one that is helpful for my situation. I’ve learned so much from listening to a few podcasts and love how he wants to give knowledge and doesn’t try to sell anything. I’m from the U.S.A and it is applicable for me. Thank you for your podcasts.

Johnny Stix ,

Truly helpful

I listen to a lot of Podcasts. Some may be labeled as if they are going to pass on specific meaningful for information on the topic. But often times they do not come through in terms of providing the real applicable content that you are interested in.

Thankfully, this podcast is not like that! He provides brief, to the point, and sincere advice on a very practical level that you can implement that same day. Thank you Sir!

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