The scene is set. You are a newly qualified beautician in a very busy salon looking nervously down at your appointment page. It’s packed full with a day of clients – for you!
Or, you are are an experienced esthetician getting your room ready for a client, just like you have done a thousand times before. Only this time it’s a new treatment, one you have just qualified in….
Either way you have no experience and you are nervous as ….
How can you (give the impression of) being a confident therapist, excited and eager, when you have no experience and you feel like you don’t have a clue?
Acting “As if ” is powerful.
You may not be anexperienced esthetician or beauty therapist, or you maybe are, but the treatment you are about to perform will the first time you have done it on a client – who is actually going to pay you (good money).
You feel like crawling under the beauty bed or reception desk and not coming out until closing!
A little change in your attitude and your state-of-mind about your ability to perform, will go a long way to getting you started on the right foot.
Start by telling yourself that you are capable and then start acting “as if ” you are the most experienced therapist EVER in the whole wide world.
A little bit of magic will start to happen.
When you pretend or act to be more experienced than you are, you will behave in a different way. This is because you have changed your behaviour and your attitude, and your mental state will follow suit.
Your self-consciousness over you inability to handle a situation will slip away as you become more poised and confident.
Don’t believe me? Try it, and read up on the power of acting “As if ” .
It’s part of the Law of Attraction and is commonly used by entrepreneurs and business minded people across the globe.
Basically you just have to pretend. Pretend to be the experienced therapist you want to be already.
What would she be doing, saying and acting like?
Simply proceed to becoming that experienced one!
Pretending really is one of the most powerful means of manifesting or becoming.
Why you have to pretend already.
It really is up to you to do this pretend thing and there are many reasons why.
For a start, clients are unlikely to be wooed by or even take advice from a non-confident therapist, leading to poor outcomes, such as her not re-booking or trusting you with her product recommendations.
The client knows your are new, she is waiting to suss you out.
You can easily make up for a lack of experience by being bubbly and enthusiastic about the treatment. Tell her how much you love doing it and how the trainer thought you were the best in the class! Tell her you know you have a flair for it. She will enjoy telling her friends how she was the first to discover you!
Secondly, you owe it to your fellow workers to become as experienced in as many treatments as you possibly can. It takes the workload off them, and you have an important role to play as a valuable member of the team. No-one likes that one co- worker who always winges they can only do this treatment or that treatment – especially when they are not willing to try. Being passive and feeling inferior go together, so don’t let this become you! It can become as lazy habit if you avoid training in new treatments.
Lastly being average or the “same old” is nothing to aspire to in the beauty industry. It’s a constantly changing game and you have to keep up to win! Your salon awaits your full presence, as do your employer, clients and work friends.
It will always be hard to perform new treatments in the beginning and you will struggle, but don’t quit. Keep at it, slowly and surely. And on top of this, if and when you have no experience don’t ever worry you’re not good enough. This will just steal your joy in your beauty career and keep you busy doing nothing. Instead concentrate on how you can fully serve your clients and co-workers with the gift of your new talents.
Don’t dread being the one with a full column of clients in the appointment system. Own it!
Really and truly, your confidence just begins the moment you decide to become confident!
Some final tips.
Still feel like you need a final push because you’re the newbie?
Okay, these are all cool tips to try:
* Tell you manager or employer your concerns and ask them if the treatment could be discounted with yourself for a short period of time. This gives you a safety net and the salon could run a special promotion to boot!
* When you are setting up your room, desk or treatment area, keep calm and focus all your attention on getting everything perfect for your client. Having everything in order takes away stress, and by focusing on the client’s needs before she arrives should shift your focus away from your fears, whilst you are waiting.
* Make sure you have studied and know everything about the treatment. Your superior knowledge will go a long way to convincing yourself and you clientele of your abilities, even if the practical side of things needs more practice.
* Ask some of you friends and family to book in with you for your first few attempts. By the the time you have done any new treatment a couple of times your speed, confidence and ability will have already greatly increased.
Always remind yourself how far you have come, and think about all those who are rooting for you. They all just want you to win.
Once a couple of weeks have passed the need to “act if” will just slip away. You will already be that therapist you were pretending to be!
Do you have any concerns about the points above?
Do you have a story about your time of inexperience to tell?
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