I woke up in a great mood this past Tuesday! The sun was shining and the temperature was perfect! You really appreciate those kinds of days if you know what the weather will be like in about a month or so when the hot humid summer begins.
I had recently run an advertisement in a local paper looking for some help with the flyers in the Horie, Yotsubashi and Namba http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namba areas and I had a response from a guy who seemed great for the job.
Friendly and polite and we had an agreement to meet around 7:15am at a particular station close to my school for our first flyer run.
I like to get to my location around 7:15am or 7:20am before 7:30am.
Typically, other places like Izakayas, Pachinko parlors, etc. if they do flyers, they will start at 7:30am so I like to get there early and get the “prime real estate”.
Anyway, I show up, meet the guy and we have a great flyer run! We’ll be working together again very soon.
We spent two hours chatting, greeting people, having a laugh, putting out a respectable number of flyers, and even got a nice tan in the process.
Mind you, as a Smith’s School of English teacher if you do flyers, you will get an awesome farmer’s tan.
When we Smith’s School of English teachers get together at seminars you can usually tell who has been out there doing flyers.
Following flyers I headed back to Smith’s School of English Horie, which is actually also where I live, took a nice cool refreshing shower then completed my flyer report.
I am very meticulous about these reports.
I can go back to the very first flyer run about three years ago and tell you exactly where I stood, how many flyers I passed out, what the weather was like and who I talked to. Blood Type A! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_blood_type_theory_of_personality
This record keeping helps me monitor my progress and provides me with facts when I need to tweak things a bit.
Following the flyer report I headed back out, jumped on the bike and took a 15 minute ride out to Nipponbashi to meet a student for lunch.
I like Tuesdays and Thursdays because I almost always have a lunch appointment with some student(s) in the Horie area.
Several of my students at Smith’s School of English Horie own cafes and restaurants in this area also.
I like this time because, due to my busy schedule, it’s almost impossible for me to socialize with students in the evenings these days.
Quick lunch of Korean Bibimbap http://www.koreaneats.com/bibimbap.htm; fun casual chat with my student, and back to Horie for my 2pm start. I was excited because I had a trial lesson scheduled at 7pm.
Not any trial lesson though, a close friend of an existing student.
The student arrived; the trial went great, the student signed up! Nice.
It was a pretty funny sight though because as the trial student was finishing up with the head office on the phone, my 8pm students started arriving.
1 student, 2 students, 3 students! Plus the trial lesson student is still there and myself! We ran out of chairs!
I finished up the evening with a couple more classes, did my lesson reports and exhaled.
Busy day but fun and cool!
Good flyer run, nice lunch with student, classes, successful trial, few more classes then finish.
On top of it all, everyone was in a great mood because the weather was absolutely beautiful.
Typical Tuesday at Smith’s School of English Horie…
Alessandro “Alex” Stanciu
Smith’s School of English Horie/Yotsubashi
月謝制のスミス英会話堀江校 / 四ツ橋校
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