TEACHERS: Why A Little Encouragement Can Do Wonders

Shawn Byfield teaches the next generation of dancers.

Hey teachers, a little encouragement can go a long way!

Never underestimate the power of your words with your students. The words that come out of your mouth matter. I know sometimes it doesn’t feel like it… But some of it will *actually* stick!

Encouragement is always memorable. So try your best to make sure whatever you DO say, sticks for the right reasons. 

– Shawn Byfield

As a sought-after presenter, choreographer, coach and entrepreneur, Shawn Byfield’s unique perspective is enjoyed by thousands who train and mentor with him every year. To start learning, yearning, movin’ or groovin’… contact Shawn before today ends.

CONGRATULATIONS Winners! (The Simple, PROVEN, 2 Step Formula For Winning At Everything)

Shawn Byfield, certified public speaker, shares tips for success.

Shawn Byfield, certified public speaker, shares tips for success.

I LOVE hearing good news from my dancers and friends.

Just found out one of them made the callback for Argos Cheerleaders! Out of 165 girls fighting to get paid to dance, do community work, and cheer on Toronto’s Grey Cup winning team, she’s in!

PLUS: one of my friends, after shadowing me, improving her presentation skills and contacting the right people went from adjudicating ZERO competitions to judging 8 events this year. Zero to hero, just like that!

AND my littlest one who’s 12 (TWELVE, just to be clear) got FIRST PLACE in her tap category, AND first place junior soloist in the ENTIRE competition- that’s hundreds of entries… twice! (She did this last month too)

I’m so very proud of you girls, you worked your BUTTS OFF. I know you wanted this, and I believed in you. Still do, it isn’t over!

I’m honoured to be part of a winning team.

Now On The Flip Side…

Those are just a few stories. Now on the flip side, if only everyone actually listened to me, ugghh.

I have the world’s SIMPLEST two-step formula for winning. The dancers who invest in my training are successful because they are:

  1. COACHABLE and
  2. Put in the WORK

Because of the world’s simplest, easy-as-pie, doesn’t-require-a-scientist, actionable two steps (ONLY TWO!) they performed with Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Stratford Festival, Disney, Broadway, major movies and more. They get to share their passion with the world, and bring in many tens of thousands of dollars. The BIG bucks.

Dance and get paid? Trust me, it’s not a bad deal.

But allow me to be BLUNT: If you want it, you need to…

Shut Your Pie Hole

Sad part is, most of us are stuck in ego and excuse world. Why you “can’t” do this and why you “can’t” do that. “I’m not this enough. I’m not that enough.”

Shut your pie hole and open your eyes, because others are ALREADY doing what you want to achieve! Look around you! Turn on the TV, read a magazine, open a book, look online… There’s no question that whatever you want is possible…

…YOU just need to invest the time and resources to get there.

GOOD NEWS!

Your investment always pays off in the end- IF YOU WANT IT BAD ENOUGH and you’re willing to shut up, put your ego aside, and work with someone who can ACTUALLY get you there.

Think about it. What’s your response when Ryan asks you:

What do you want?

What do you WANT??

I already know it will happen, I know you will win. And I’m always rooting for you! =D

– Shawn B

Shawn Byfield, certified public speaker, shares tips for success.

Shawn Byfield, certified public speaker, shares tips for success.

As a sought-after dance choreographer, performer, presenter, coach and entrepreneur, Shawn Byfield’s unique perspective is enjoyed by thousands who dance, train and mentor with him every year. To get your group learning, yearning, movin’ or groovin’… contact Shawn before today ends! Email Shawn@ShawnByfield.com right now.

Impatient? READ THIS… How Does This Popular Movie Quote Relate To Your Current Life?

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So in my world, so much can change in 8 hours! Here’s a real-TIME story unfolding right now:

Two hours ago I was at home in my underwear. Now, I’m lying down comfortably in my honeywagon, after a major movie production sent a driver to pick me up and bring me to set. Yup, I’ve been requested.

UPDATE: I was Adam Sandler’s movement coach for this movie:

How The Heck Did I Get Here? (And Other Random Ramblings)

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If you want it, you have to PREPARE for it. I’m constantly striving to become the person I am capable of being. Working hard is NOT the same as working smart. Understand the difference, then do both! Sometimes that means late nights or earlier mornings. Many times it requires doing something that makes you uncomfortable.

Everything you want in life is just outside your comfort zone.

Listen. Whatever you want you’re not going to get right away. I’ve worked diligently for years to build a reputation of being an expert in my field. So now, sometimes unexpectedly, I land a gig and appear on set literally hours later. Pretty cool sh*t. 🙂

There’s a popular saying in the movie biz:

“I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!”

That’s a good one, no? Damn witches…

But the one I’m referring to is actually “Hurry Up And Wait.” It’s important to notice how that directly relates to our personal growth as well. Invest in yourself NOW. Work hard NOW…

…Then be patient. You might not see instant success but you will reap the benefits in the future.

Wait for it. It’s coming!

@ShawnByfield

Today’s Awesome DANCE News Brought To You By…

Today’s dance news is brought to you by two events that make you happier than Pharrell’s song…

FIRST:

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Remember that Black Canadian Award I was nominated for, and the event got postponed? Well it’s happening in two weeks! Gahhhh I’m so excited! I’m one of only six dancers across Canada nominated for Best Contemporary Dance Act in the 2014 Black Canadian Awards. Not too shabby.

But I need YOUR help to win. Please vote DAILY here:

http://bit.ly/1nhM7vE

SECOND:

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It’s that time again! National Tap Dance Day 2014. And I’m having Toronto’s Official super-fun tap dance workshop to celebrate the date, this Saturday. If it weren’t for tap dance, you and I probably wouldn’t have met. True story.

Do tap dancers do it better? Shuffle to this page to find out:

http://bit.ly/1n61Afs

Please share the good news. Both events are time sensitive, so please RUSH OVER to those links faster than a grade 12 student on last day of high school. 😉

Thanks for your support,

– Shawn B