As mentioned before, being able to manage your social media accounts is an essential part of having a successful business. This includes keeping up with all of your various accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), editing and updating settings, responding to comments and messages, and developing and growing relationships through social networking sites.
Many small businesses don’t have anyone managing their social media account, but that shouldn’t be the case for you!
If you’re looking to take your social media marketing game to the next level, then it’s time to pick your battle. We recommend doing this for two main reasons: 1) You will get better results than trying to do everything yourself, and 2) It’ll give you the opportunity to hone your leadership skills as well as learning how to use different features of each platform.
The best way to find out if someone else in your office or area of work is willing to help you with your online presence is by just asking them outright. Word-of-mouth is one of the most powerful forms of advertising, so ask around to see who would be willing to help you out and what services they could provide you.
But before you go about getting such assistance, make sure that you understand the terms and conditions of the service first. Make sure that you are both comfortable with the changes made to the profile and that you can easily communicate via text, video, and voice chat.
Make it a goal to enhance your team
As a manager, you will need to create a supportive environment where your staff can grow. This means not only creating an internal work culture that is motivating for them, but also looking outside your organization for opportunities to learn and develop their skills.
Finding new employees with the right skills is very difficult at times, which is why it is important to have professionals in other areas as colleagues. By having these collaborations, they can hone their skills while working with people of different cultures and personalities.
Keep up with the latest trends
As technology evolves at an incredible speed, so do workplace styles and strategies. Companies are always looking to find new ways to improve efficiency, communication, and productivity in their offices.
Workplace style includes things like how you dress for work, what kind of furniture you have, and whether or not there is organized space. It can also include software programs such as Slack, Microsoft Office, and Google Apps.
The most efficient organizational systems use advanced features that create quick, easy to access information. For example, using I-tunes instead of individual music apps makes it easier to organize your songs, and using Gmail instead of sending mass emails through Outlook or another app allows you to save time in writing messages.
These types of advanced tools become more important as departments are spread out across different locations and people.
Know your customers
As a gallery manager, you will be meeting many people every day. You can’t afford to be superficial when it comes to knowing who these individuals are and what their stories are.
Be curious about why they came in to see the space and what services they want help them achieve their goal. Does anyone look particularly stressed or tired? Is there something that seems off about how they dress?
These things matter because they indicate whether someone is well-paid or not, whether they enjoy working at this company, and if they needed help before coming into the space. All of these pieces of information tell you something about how person feels about themselves and the organization which offers professional services.
Does he/she seem like his/herself typically? If so, great! But if not, try asking follow up questions to get more info. It could be personal, such as “What is going on with your family right now?” or business related, such as “How do you feel we fitted into our schedule today?”
Keep an eye out for potential red flags and talk openly about anything that bothers you or makes you uncomfortable.
Make it your goal to be a good manager
Being a great gallery manager is not about being a professional, it’s not about having a big title or flashy decorations, it’s not about going above and beyond for other people, it’s not even about earning lots of praise and acknowledgements from customers and colleagues – all of those things are very nice, but they can easily be overlooked if you aren’t looking at the bigger picture.
What makes a great museum director, what makes someone who is considered an excellent school principal, what makes someone who is known for running a tight ship is that they set their own high standards and keep striving towards them, constantly trying to improve themselves.
And just like with any career, no one ever really knows what their job entails, so there will always be new challenges to face. This requires us to continually reevaluate our skills and knowledge and to strive to learn more about what we do, how to better ourselves in our field, and how to achieve our goals.
As mentioned before, being a gallery manager means that you will be tasked with promoting your artist’s work. This can mean designing marketing strategies or finding ways to get the word out about their art through social media, blogs, and advertisements.
As artists run up against deadlines and need help, it is important for them to find someone they trust who can fulfill this role effectively.
If an artist does not seem in control of his or her own career, then chances are he or she will not succeed in their goal to spread their artistic talent. You as a potential gallery manager must make sure that the artists you represent feel comfortable and confident in what steps you have taken to promote their artwork.
It is also your job to keep tabs on how well their designs are selling so that you can create more appealing pieces for them. Your artist may already have design skills, but staying up-to-date on the latest trends can give them a leg up on competition.
Create a friendly work environment
As mentioned before, your gallery manager will be the face of your business to your customers. Therefore, it is important to make sure that you like what you do for a living and that he or she enjoys what they do!
If you notice things being done in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, this can affect your performance as an artist and as a person.
Make sure to discuss any concerns you may have with your manager calmly and respectfully. Make changes if necessary so that you can enjoy working at your job.
And while it seems obvious, try to be honest and straightforward with each other at all times. A lot of artists start off as colleagues and then become close friends, which can sometimes get tough when one or both of you need to ask questions about the job.
Keep relationships professional and focused on the job only.
Always set goals
As shown earlier, creating an effective gallery manager is not a casual process that can be done in a short amount of time. It takes work and consistency to develop your skills as a curator, artist, and photographer.
It’s great to want to run a gallery, but you have to know what it takes to do so before you get started. Being able to recognize opportunities to start running a gallery is one of the first steps, but being able to maintain a successful business requires more than just having dreams for success.
You need to keep learning about how to run a business and staying motivated to put in the effort needed to succeed are two important things to consider.
Running a gallery isn’t something that happens overnight, even if you already have experience under your belt.
Focus on the job at hand
As mentioned before, being able to identify your strengths is an integral part of being a successful manager or leader. But too often we get distracted by all the things that need done around us and never focus on doing what needs to be done because of who needs to be met and influenced in order to fulfill our own goals.
By this line of thinking, even if you are the most talented person in the world, you will still remain underperformer as long as you are not putting yourself first and understanding that you cannot control how others respond to you, but you can control how you react to them.
It may sound cliché, but truly believing in yourself and your abilities takes work and consistency. It does not come naturally for everyone, but it is a must if you want to improve and grow. You have to choose to believe in yourself until you actually do.
As hard as that might be sometimes, remember that there is no one more qualified than you to handle certain tasks, positions or responsibilities. And while it might feel like someone else should do their share, once they do not it could cost them their position or take away something that they deserve.
Your responsibility is to make sure that doesn’t happen by consistently performing and bringing out the best in yourself – and in turn others.