When you get a phone call from an parent of a potential student asking about studio information, should you inform potential students of your rates first, or should you tell them about your studio first?
I know a fellow teacher who does not answer the “rates question” – even when specially asked about it – until the end of the phone call, after she has told them about everything her studio offers. She chooses to emphasize the quality of the music education she offers in her studio before informing the parent of the rates. Not a bad idea!
Other teachers are very upfront and prefer to tell parents their rates first thing. There is no harm in either method. Personally, I am somewhere in the middle. Unless specifically asked, I save the rates information until the end. Regardless of where you stand, it’s a good idea to plan in advance how you are going to deal with the “rates question” when the potential student calls.
How do you like to handle the “rates question”?
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