May 23rd, 2007

socks and cat

customer loyalty

So now that I have another instructor to teach my pole parties, I have experienced my first case of customer loyalty. A gal that had a workshop with me before just booked a party with me for her and her friends. When she asked about the time she can book, I explained to her that I had another instructor and she could book as late as 8:00pm because the other instructor teaches the 8:00pm parties. She purposely booked at 7:00 (my time slot) because she said, "We want you to teach our party."

I already had a conversation about this kind of thing with a friend that has a flight instruction business and trains instructors. People also ask for him specifically. He raises his price to above that of his other instructors, and guess what, they still want him and they are willing to pay for it. I'm just realizing now that if people are going to pass up my instructors because they prefer me, I'm going to have to raise my personal rates to encourage them to use my instructors (at the old prices). I actually experienced this when I first learned pole dancing at the S Factor studio in LA. Naturally I wanted my private lessons with Sheila Kelley, who founded and developed the program. Private lessons with her instructors were $150 per hour. Private lessons with Sheila were several hundred dollars per hour. Now I understand why. I may have to do the same some day.
Dress Back

darn bruises

Thanks to two very large black and purple pole bruises on my legs, it will be very challenging trying to dress for the club tomorrow night. One of them is just high enough over my knee that thigh high boots will not cover it. The other is on the outside of my thigh and hot pants or a mini-skirt will not cover it. It's too warm to be wearing pants. I may have to settle for fishnets or something, but I'd rather not. Fishnet stockings also limit my wardrobe choices.