Top stylists know it takes years of practice with everyday pets to master the fundamentals.
Winning doesn't just happen on the day of the competition. Winning is a result of dedication and hard work. The trophy is a product of training, study, and sacrifice. You cannot earn a high grade in certification testing on testing day, alone. Winning or earning high grades on your practical skills tests starts in every bathtub and on every grooming table, every day. There is no such thing as an overnight success. Typically, it takes years of uncountable numbers of hours of dedication to the craft.
Practice, in itself, is not enough. In order to truly succeed you need to follow this rule:
Perfect Practice Makes Perfect
. If you are not practicing the fundamentals correctly, you're wasting your time. Clients will not return if your work is sub-par. Awards will not be given. High test scores will be out of reach.
With so many variables with pet grooming, where do you start? What coaching or training technique should you trust? How do you learn the RIGHT skills?
Start at the ground floor and learn from the masters. The information is out there. You will find it in:
- trade shows
- conformation dog shows
- obedience classes
- grooming competitions
Research online. Talk to vendors and manufacturers. Work with a mentor, a coach, a consultant. Look. Listen. Learn. But don't blindly trust everything you find - check references whenever possible. Today, there is a lot of information out there - unfortunately not all of it is good information! Talk to the experts to make sure the material you are learning is correct and safe.
As you learn, take it one small step at a time. Dissect every step. Break it down. For every technique there are micro steps to learn to perfect any skill. Study those micro steps.
Start at the very beginning just like with a long flight of stairs. You start at the bottom, taking one step at a time. Mastering the fundamentals is a lot like a staircase. Jumping ahead or skipping steps will not get you ahead any faster. In fact, missing steps is way more detrimental to a career than staying on course dealing with each step moving up the flight of stairs.
With every step along the way, you are creating a knowledge base. It will continue to grow with your career. It is paramount for any pet professional to have fabulous pet handling skills to build trust with our furry clients while keeping them safe. Another area that is critical to any successful pet groomer or stylist is learning the finer details of structure and anatomy.
The key is to focus on improving each day, taking the necessary steps. If you incrementally improve each day, each week, each month, each quarter - by the end of the year you will see remarkable results and growth. Over time, by committing to this process, the best develop their skills and enhance their performance as they strive for excellence and achieving perfect execution.
If you want to be at the very top of your game, to become one of the best professional pet groomers/stylists in your town, in your state, in your country, you need to practice perfect fundamentals.
Every. Single. Day. You don't need to have perfect pets to make this happen. Grooming everyday pets offers an abundant opportunity to practice the fundamentals.
Your success doesn't necessarily mean winning the award or scoring a high grade. Sometimes success means having a full appointment book with happy customers. That's what truly makes a successful grooming business.
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