Why Use a Health Club Consultant, Coach or Mentor

Why Use a Health Club Consultant, Coach or Mentor?

Isolation

Directors of health clubs and owners in particular, may be gregarious and confident, but they can also be very isolated. There are not many people to whom they can turn for help, often no one in their own organization. Uncertainty about trust and confidentiality, personal competition and the slipperiness of the business ladder often make it hard for an Owner or Director or Manager to turn to a colleague about issues that may put into question their performance or tenure.

A Fresh Mind

Perhaps even more common, however, is simply the wish to consult a fresh mind, someone who brings no investment or position of his own, an outsider who is not involved with the organization, its culture or its politics. An independent consultant can reflect ideas, evoke solutions and support the implementation in a way that few insiders could ever do. Club Owners are increasingly recognizing the benefits and opportunities of exploring new avenues in consultations with a coach scheduled on a regular basis, not just for themselves but for their staff also.

More Productive Management Teams

The same is true for others who find they spend more and more of their time working in isolation on their specific responsibilities. When they do get together, they want their meetings to be as productive as possible, and team facilitation by an independent coach is an excellent way to achieve that. The coach is able to monitor the dynamics of the team and attend to group process while assisting and freeing the team to focus on task.

Fast Track Development of Key People

In today’s health club world management has less and less time to act as mentors to the new blood. Employees are left to cope on their own which inevitably slows down their development. Clubs are recognizing the benefits of engaging experienced people from outside the business to act as mentors to key employees on a regular basis.

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Testimonials

I contacted Jim Thomas and Fitness Management & Consulting around November 2010. We made arrangement for him to come out and do the two day sales training. I was a little skeptical at what difference could be made in two days of sales training. However I put that aside and embraced his teaching and philosophy and what a difference it has made. Our previous best month prior to Jim coming out was 31 signs. He came out toward the end of December and when he left we had one week remaining, we signed 18 people in that final week, more than any single week we had prior. The following month we signed 66 people, which at a high price point facility isn't too bad considering where we were. After that first full month it was off to the races. We then retained Jim for the ongoing three times a month teleconferences and webinars and have been doing so for the past year. We have more than doubled out membership basis and more than doubled our membership dues. One of the most important things he gave us was correct mind set for sales and set the bar where it should be. Prior to Jim we thought that 31 was a really good month now we know our goals should be 150-200 in a month and he has given us the tools to do so. One of the best things in dealing with Jim on an ongoing basis is that he really seems to genuine care about you and your companies success. He always makes himself available to answer questions and doing one on one training with employees who need it even when it does not fall within the normal scheduled teleconferences. I really can't say enough about how great it has been to work with Jim and how much he has help our business grow. I have recommended him to people who ran even in the fitness industry because well sales are sales. If you own a fitness club I can't imagine why you would have him out to at least do the two day training it is well worth every penny, you WILL make back every dollar and then some faster than you can imagine.

Matthew T.

800-929-2898

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