Updated: Aug 8
Today I’m breaking down a few myths about niching down/specializing plus sharing how you can do this with ease. I know niching down is really tough so I’ve got lots of tips in this episode to help you understand this topic more and really tap into what you’re passionate about so it can help you build the business of your dreams.
There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t talk about niching in some way. Whether it’s on a Q&A call or inside the Thrive community, someone is asking about it and I love it! I’m actually going to mention a few Thrivers questions in this episode because I know you’ve likely thought these things too. The Thrivers are GREAT about asking their questions to get support when they need it. Shout out to all the Thrivers!
Another shout out I want to give on this episode is to my dear friend Shannon Crow. If there is anyone who can teach on niching down, it’s her. I talk about it from a marketing perspective but she talks about it from a yoga teacher perspective often. And I just love her story about how she has determined her niche over years and years of teaching.
Shannon hosts The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast and we are BFF’s in real life as we help each other in our individual businesses but her yoga teaching niche is Pelvic Health. I was super fortunate to see Shannon teach on Pelvic Health at the Yoga Teacher Conf in April and it blew me away! I’ve watched her teach on business stuff for several years now but her true passion is pelvic health and it really came through in her presentation. 3 hours went by in a flash and I was fascinated the whole time. She loves this topic and it was contagious to watch her, I suddenly started to care more about pelvic health!
"That’s what happens when you truly step into your passion, it shines through and it’s fun for others to watch you teach. I want this for you too." - Amanda McKinney
And if you’re interested in learning more about pelvic health, I need you to run, not walk, to Shannon’s membership, Pelvic Health Professionals. This membership is AMAZING and packed with so many guest expert calls it’s shocking! She has the leading experts in this field of study and you get to ask them questions. It’s amazing and so if you want to learn more you can find more info on my website at amandamckinney.com/shannon.
*Note: This is Part 1 of a 4-part series on the topic of Niching Down. Part 2 & 3 are guest's examples of niching and Part 4 is a Q&A.
Busting Myths About Niching Down As A Yoga Teacher
Here are some facts I know about niching down and I want you to read them out loud to yourself so you really hear them:
You can’t do it “wrong”
You aren’t stuck with a niche once you choose one
You do know enough
There was a conversation inside my membership, Thrive, recently that really stuck with me. Ellie shared this:
"I am thinking about trying on a niche but feel a little nervous that I might be picking the "wrong thing"." - Ellie
The moment I read this I wished I was with her so I could say “Ellie, you can’t choose the wrong thing. You’re putting too much pressure on yourself with this. What would it feel like if you took this pressure off and simply picked something for a little bit?”
I love that Ellie shared this because I know others think it as well and maybe that’s where you are today. But please know you can’t do it “wrong” and you’re not stuck with a niche. People change niches all the time and it works out just fine. I don’t suggest that you make a habit of it as it will eventually confuse your audience but as you’re starting your business, you might think your niche is restorative yoga and then you realize that you have a soft spot in your heart for helping people who struggle with anxiety.
The other thing to remember is that you know enough right now to help the person you dream of helping. Almost every yoga teacher I’ve worked with thinks they need to take a specialty training in order to specialize their offerings. Sometimes this is the case - for example if you want to be a Yoga Therapist - but most of the time you can specialize in something without going to a formal training. I would recommend playing around with that before investing thousands of dollars in a specialty training.
For example, let’s say you want to help people who struggle with hip pain. You know this as yoga for pelvic health and you’ve been learning more on your own about this through podcasts, blogs and other content. You feel the urge to share this with your students so what you can do is start to incorporate what you’ve learned into your already scheduled and filled classes. Maybe you say something about it, maybe you don’t. You’re testing it out at first and then once you know this is definitely the way you want to go, you try out hosting a specialty workshop - yoga for hip pain. Once that works well, you can then look into learning more and investing in more education.
Side note: check out my friend Shannon’s membership, Pelvic Health Professionals, if this topic is of interest to you. Her membership is super affordable and will help you feel more confident in teaching on this topic ASAP!
**This was also a podcast episode (episode #155. Use the player below if you'd prefer to listen to this message.