9 Ways to be an Outstanding Group X Instructor
I received a message on Facebook last week from an Instructor posing questions
about how could she could become a better Instructor, so here are my top tips 🙂
1: BE YOU
My number 1 tip: 100% is YOU be YOU. You can watch all the training videos,
go on all the courses, get inspired by amazing presenters, but my biggest
boldest tip is that you need to be you. Being confident and comfortable
in your own skin and bringing your unique personality to every class is THE
Of course, you can be inspired by other teachers and magpie some of their traits
in your teaching, but ultimately THE best teachers all over the world
are the ones who bring their special uniqueness to every class.
2: NEVER STOP LEARNING, READING & GROWING.
When I first started teaching I attended every single workshop, convention and conference I possibly could.
Although it can be costly, see it as an investment
in your self and your professional development.
WHATEVER the presentation is, go with
an open mind and open heart and I promise you will take something away.
These days you can access so much free training online via webinars, that every day
can be an opportunity to learn something new and apply it to your classes.
3: TEACH WHAT YOU LOVE
This is MASSIVE. Especially in this time of big global brands pushing forward into the industry. If you are aren’t sure about teaching something DON”T DO IT.
Be a detective and find out as much about a program as you can,
go to as many classes as possible
and decide. Does this really fit with who I am?
If you are taking on training and classes just for the money
without having any heart in it you will lose interest so fast
and your class members will pick up on it immediately and numbers will drop.
Only teach classes you are passionate about. It NEVER works out if you don’t.
4:RECOGNISE IT’S ONLY THE BEGINNING
However long you have been teaching,
if it’s a few months or a few decades, always remember fitness is STILL a new business.
It’s still a new career path with so much more to go at. This is what excites me so much;
there really is so much to go at so, every day can bring a new opportunity if you keep
your eyes open.
YOU can actually do anything with this amazing industry. You can create
a live business teaching and training people, you can create an online business serving
more and more people, you can create products and services that change people’s
WOW it s such a positive industry to be in. Keep your eyes and ears open and think
laterally. What do YOU want to create?
5: NETWORK NETWORK
Get to know EVERYONE that comes to your class. If you teach group X you will
be standing in front of the widest cross section of people from all walks
of lives and occupations. Someone in your class could potentially offer you
a contact or job you desperately want, or backing on a business venture, or become a lifelong friend, WHO KNOWS.
Make it your business to find out about the people in your class.
Take a genuine interest and you will make lifelong connections and friendships.
6: PRACTICE & REHEARSE
There is no doubt about it, you have to master your craft and put in those 1000’s
of hours of practice. Some classes you do will be amazing and some may have you running out of the door fighting back tears (we’ve all been there). We are not robots and no one can pull it out of the bag every single session. By walking into every class, prepared and rehearsed will always stand you in the best possible stead.
7: WE ARE HUMANS
Yes, not robots!
We have feelings and emotions. As soon as you get over the fact that
everyone won’t like you and your teaching style things will be easier.
If you can tell a participant isn’t digging your vibe don’t focus on that one person
and forget everyone else. Don’t take it personally and if they put in a negative
comment card about you accept the feedback and MOVE ON.
The worse thing you can do is dwell on negative feedback. Take it in, improve if it’s
something you need to work on but don’t let it ruin your life.
It’s only a class and it’s only one person, focus on the love and joy your bring to the majority!
8: YOUR MINDSET
This is HUGE!
How you feel about yourself. Your general self talk. Your confidence in your own skin.
You are a leader, a role model and being confident in your own skin is vital. Walking into any class with a smile, feeling positive and looking forward to serving, helping, teaching and sharing is the most amazing gift.
I still get tingles before a class. Whatever is going on in your personal life leaving any issues at the studio door and embracing the people in front of you is the best tonic.
Listen to positive audios on your way to class.
Set a daily affirmation.
Create a class affirmation and share it with your members.
You set the tone of the class with your energy, magnetism and vibrancy.
9: PROTECT YOUR ENERGY
Teaching lots of classes and training clients can be immensely draining on your own energy. We absorb our customers moods and emotions. Moaners and energy vampires can seriously damage your health. A tip I use from Gabrielle Bernstein is when I come into contact with energy vampires is I imagine zipping myself up in a gold parka (like the old skool ready brek adverts) Try not to engage in negative chit chat or get involved in class politics. I find being your authentic self you will attract to your classes the right customers and if you are not, look at what you are putting out there.
The clients you are attracting are often mirrors of yourself which may be a lesson for you to work on something or issues of your own.
Love being in Fitness. It’s an amazing industry!