Most of this problem we solved in the last blog, "How to Recruit for the Front Desk." Following the tips in this blog will solve at least 50 percent of why we have high turnover. The other half comes from not having an effective, efficient and EASY training system for the new hires that stand in the most important area of your salon—the front desk.
In this space of front-end square footage, your new clients are determining within the first 10 seconds if they will be back for another visit, yet most salons do not have a written, step-by-step plan to train their front desk team. Many salons use the "shadowing technique," followed by the "learn from your mistakes (fast!) method" and a visit to "death valley with a stylist program" as their training system. And, then we wonder why when they go to lunch at Burger King they fill out an application? Hey, at least BK has a training system!
"Would you like fries with that?" It's one of the simple sales training scripts that are given within the first couple of days of training at any fast food restaurant. How about Victoria Secret's, "Buy a gift card today and receive a special gift?" Or Bath and Body Works, "Can I tell you about our newest lotion scents? Here is our tester section." Through the scripts of their people, we can affirm these places have a training program!
Salon owners confess that they cringe sometimes when they hear missed sales opportunities and weak closings. If the salon owner were able to work behind the desk it would be an area raking in the cash. The problem is many times they are stuck behind the chair or tending to other important owner duties and don't have time to effectively train someone. Or, they simply don't know where to start. The simple (but not so speedy) solution is to develop your own training manual—a step-by-step, first day, second day, etc., of systems, scripts and solutions.
We realize this isn't an easy task...that's why we created the turn-key front desk training system called the Front Desk Doctor Training Kit. (Don't worry, this is not a sales pitch, but I would be crazy not to mention that light at the end of the tunnel is already created for you...it took us nine months to author it so you don't have to. Click here for more information.)
Here's how to organize yourself to create your own manual. Think in the process of systems, scripts and solutions. Take your time on this, it is a time-consuming process, but it is worth its weight in gold when you are finished!
Kristi Valenzuela is the founder of Crystal Focus Salon Coaching; a salon coaching company specializing in teaching “people skills for profitability." Their latest product launched, The Front Desk Doctor Training System, promises to turn receptionists into extremely effective sales professionals by teaching real-life sales systems specifically designed for the salon industry. Go to crystalfocus.com or thefrontdeskdoctor.com or e-mail Kristi at firstname.lastname@example.org
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