A good April to everyone and I hope everyone has themselves ready for a good week. Today, I'm talking about getting personal as coaches/trainers and clients. I imagine many will relate somehow, so enjoy!
Anyone getting into this line of work that doesn’t like people, seriously you know THAT type of person, is never going to make it in the end. This job is all about relationships, when done right. Not every client that comes to you is going to be a perfect fit, it’s still important to try to connect with them.
For myself, I’m all about having a conversation with the person the best I can during their session. Sometimes I’ll let some awkward silence work its magic, but for the most part yeah let’s chat. No, it doesn’t have to always be about training, because I want to know the people that come through the door to as deep of a level as they allow me. If all I’m allowed if surface level stuff with bare minimum conversation, it’s just probably not going to be a good fit in the long run.
There are people that want to come in, get their stuff done and leave, they are probably to a level that they can train on their own without me. Nothing wrong with that and again, likely wouldn’t be a good fit for training with me anyway.
All this to say is we coaches, that are in this game for the long haul and the right reasons, we care. We want to know you as much as you’ll let us, and we want to celebrate all parts of your life with you. I’ve mentioned this before, think about how much time coaches and clients spend together in the long run. It’s more than most of our family members get, so yeah, as corny as it sounds, you become family too.
In summary, the right types of coaches will get to know you, you won’t be a good fit for everyone (that’s both coaches and clients) and it all makes for a better experience for everyone involved. Happy Monday everyone, enjoy the first full week of April.
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS