As a groomer, you really can learn something new every day.
Whether you’ve been in the business for three years or three decades, there are always new experiences still to be had. Making a conscious choice to seek out these lessons wherever they may be can go a long way in improving many aspects of your professional life. Throughout this issue, you will find ways to make education a career-long pursuit, helping you build your grooming knowledge, polish your business acumen and sharpen your competitive skills.
Perhaps the easiest place to start is at a trade show, which offers numerous learning opportunities, both formal and informal. As seen at Intergroom in April, trade shows offer a chance to find the latest in equipment and grooming products, allowing groomers to do their best possible work in the most efficient way possible. Just walking the floor creates an opportunity to spark new relationships and build existing ones, whether with manufacturers or other visitors to the show.
If you’ve shied away from or never really considered entering grooming competitions, perhaps focusing on all there is to be gained from the experience can tempt you into entering the ring. As Chris Pawlosky explains in this issue’s cover story, diving into the world of competitive grooming offers a wealth of learning opportunities, both in the technical aspects of perfecting grooming technique and the more intangible benefits of coping with high-pressure situations and gaining confidence in your craft.
Even when you’ve stepped away from the dogs and put down your scissors, there’s another world of information out there on handling the operations and financial aspects of a grooming business. Chances are most groomers aren’t in the business for the thrill of building an efficient appointment schedule or a balanced budget, but it’s just as essential to invest time in this side of things. Consider taking some inspiration from this issue’s Special Report on securing your retirement to tackle a financial planning project, whether it’s managing your personal savings or making long-term plans for your business. If you aren’t already, pick out some talks on areas you want to improve and hear from the experts in person. While it can be tempting to maximize your time taking in everything there is to see on the show floor, dedicating some time to educating yourself in a more formal setting can pay significant dividends in the long run.