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    • Wednesday, February 22, 2017
    • 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Wednesday, February 22, 2023
    • 1:15 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    presented by Gina Phairas

    CEUs: PPAB 1.25, CCPDT 1.25, IAABC 1.25

    It’s rare these days to meet anyone who doesn’t say they’re busy, or behind, or that they wish there were more hours in the day. In fact, most small business owners feel perpetually behind and, unfortunately, it’s often the more important tasks, such as marketing, that fall by the wayside. It’s also common to see poor time management play a role in trainer burnout, as trainers put their own needs aside to work on the business, struggling to maintain a sustainable balance between work and home.

    If you need a few more hours in your day, if you feel like your business is running you instead of the other way around, it’s time for a time management makeover. You can have two days off a week and a shorter to-do list, and still make a living—oh, and spend more time with your own dogs, too. Join Gina Phairas of dog*tec to learn simple strategies, practices, and policies to increase your productivity, step off the treadmill, and get back in control.

    Learning Objectives

    • Learn simple strategies to organize and manage time in a systematic, flexible, sustainable way
    • Learn business practices and create policies that save time while increasing revenue
    • Learn how to create and use a master calendar to increase productivity while balancing work and play

    About the Presenter

    Gina Phairas helps trainers succeed across the country as a business consultant and leading force behind dog*tec, the dog pro industry’s top business consultancy. Gina brings her marketing and communications background and degree to her work with dog professionals, as well as her extensive training resume. Gina is a former San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers instructor, teaching and working alongside Academy founder Jean Donaldson to arm professional dog trainers with a comprehensive knowledge of positive reinforcement training techniques, and the mechanical and thinking skills needed to use them to greatest effect. As the SF/SPCA’s Rehabilitation Coordinator she developed and oversaw staff training and behavior rehabilitation protocols to improve the adoptability of shelter dogs with behavioral issues.

    Gina’s own businesses have included Tails & Tots, a dog training business focused on the needs of expecting parents and families with dogs, and ShelterWorks, a non-profit dedicated to improved adoption rates and decreased return rates through education and consulting work around staff and volunteer retention and training, adoption protocols, and assessment, enrichment, and training of shelter dogs. A tireless advocate for positive training and in particular for positive trainers, Gina speaks regularly on business topics at conferences and seminars across the country and via web seminars, teaches at positive dog training schools, and works one-on-one with trainers on building business skills.

    • Tuesday, March 17, 2020
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sunday, June 13, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Business Contingency Planning

    A FREE PPG Member Resource - Recorded

    Niki Tudge is hosting our Corporate Partners

    at dog*biz Veronica Boutelle & Gina Phairas. 

    In this recording we discuss  Business Contingency  Planning. The live webinar was held on 3/17/2020

    A webinar to help  support you and your business make informed decisions around these important topics and much more. 

    By now, we are all well aware of the impact of the coronavirus. Things are changing rapidly, on a daily, if not hourly, basis. First off, let’s not panic! But let’s also recognize that it may get a little rough and rocky for a while. No one knows for how long, but in the meantime, stay informed, review facts, verify information and then take action accordingly.

    Depending on where you live and your operating business environment, you may not be impacted at all, or you may only experience some small inconveniences. Some small business owners, though, may find themselves having to rethink how they do business for a few weeks, or longer. As I said, no one knows.

    Read the full blog here, this will form the back drop of the webinar and our discussions.

    Below, I have listed a few points for you to consider to help you plan for all contingencies:

    1.     Stay in tune with your local authorities regarding the risk factor based on where you live and also on your personal situation in terms of health, vulnerability, etc.
    2.     Gather information from your local, State and Federal governments so you can make the most informed and safe decisions.
    3.     Follow recommended protocols for contact with other people. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published this document, titled Protect yourself and your community from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like coronavirus disease 2019. Everyone has a role to play in getting ready and staying healthy, which gives recommendations on how to prepare and stay safe: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html
    4.     Consider your business model and how you deliver services, so get remote- or virtual- friendly wherever possible. In other words, make use of technology to sustain your business services during these uncertain times. Here are some options:
    •  If you run group classes and work in a small enclosed area, consider taking classes on the road where you can manage your exposure and proximity to people.
    •  Consider conducting virtual lessons via webcam so you can continue to coach and provide feedback to clients. Coaching can be done on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. Software such as GoToMeeting, Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Hangouts Meet, and even Facebook Messenger can be used. These all give you the ability to work remotely while interacting both audibly and visibly with clients.

    Read the full blog here, this will form the back drop of the webinar and our discussions.

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