Sam is now famous in the industry. Jen has taken other classes with him since then, and there has been a connection. “He always remembered me. When June told us ‘Find a mentor, someone you admire, set learning goals and learn,’ I knew I wanted him to be my mentor.” Sam is not only famous; he is very busy balancing his life. Jen says “He has a wife and children, he owns and operates a large salon, and travels worldwide to train. I wanted to learn about balance.” Connecting with him initially was not easy, but now he is available to her whenever she needs his guidance. “He said he was honored by my request for mentoring.” He has committed to helping her learn, and spent a lot of time with her at a recent training session, sharing his thoughts, approaches, and asking her about hers.
Even though the mentoring project is officially finished, Jen and Sam still have a mentoring relationship. Her most important goal is to learn to be a trainer, and she recently got her first opportunity to teach a class at a cosmetology school. She knew there would be 47 students. She was nervous, very nervous. Jen is a technical expert, is very confident as such, but not as a teacher. She asked colleagues to help her be creative, and came up with a training design she knew would work. But she was so scared that she called Sam on her way to the class. She feared she wouldn’t keep the students’ attention, they’d be bored, they wouldn’t listen, they wouldn’t ….. He responded “You’ve just got butterflies. You know you’re alive when you get butterflies.” At that moment, she needed someone to believe in her more than she did, and it worked. She loved it, the students loved it, and she is one step towards becoming a famous trainer herself. And having the balanced life she wants, too.
How does June, with her growing business scope, find time to mentor the coaches so closely herself? Eleven years ago, her father retired from the seafood industry. Tina Preble thus lost her longtime job doing payroll, paying bills, and doing the human resources work. Tina says “June asked me what I was going to do, and hired me. Not in that role, though. I worked at the desk, greeting guests, taking telephone calls, payments. A lot of face-to-face contact was very different for me. All of the cultural differences were large. I had worked with all men. Now mostly I work with women. I wore jeans all the time, and now I had to dress up. At the seafood company, I didn’t see people. Now I saw them all the time. I was the face of the salon, instead of behind the scenes. I’ve worked hard, and now I feel good about all these changes. Acapello has made a difference in my whole life.”