5 Secret Tips for Successful Negotiation in Business

Negotiation is a necessity for any successful business transaction.

Sometimes, the negotiations shape formal affairs with clear objectives. Other times, negotiation in business is a continuous process that develops to suit parties’ business goals.

Strong negotiation skills are essential if you are looking for success as a small or large business. Let us go through the top five secret tips professionals use for a successful negotiation.

Importance of Negotiation for Your Business

Negotiation can elevate your stand on the success ladder, and it’s also an art. Negotiating allows amplification of the value of your work as a business.

However, it does not benefit a single business or person. The negotiation agreements on any cause address important matters or find…

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Jim Thomas’ Gym Industry Menu of Services that Get Results.

Jim Thomas Fitness Management & Consulting — We have designed a portfolio of service offerings that are intended to go to the root of the issues in the gym industry.

Education

YouTube Channel

Blog

Business & Strategic Planning

Corporate Gym Management

Outsource CEO/COO Services

Gym Trouble Shooting/Operational Analysis

Health and Fitness Recruiting

Expert Witness

Sales & Marketing

Sales Training — Onsite or Remote

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7 Tips for Building a Better Network

Networking is connecting with other people, usually for professional reasons. It’s often seen as a necessary evil by many people, but the truth is that networking can be an excellent tool to help you achieve your business goals. There are countless benefits to networking, such as: Gaining exposure for your business Meeting new potential customers or clients Developing new business relationships Learning from other companies in your industry Finding new suppliers or vendors An excellent way to start networking is by attending local business events or joining a business networking group. You can also connect with other businesses online through social media or professional networking sites, like LinkedIn. The Best Tools for Better Networking There are various tools that make networking easier and more approachable. Here are some of the most notable tools. Social media: Use social media to connect with other businesses in your industry or local area. …
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Reading Federal Funds, Prime, and Discount Interest Rates

When studying the economy, three interest rates control lending to banks, mortgages, and consumer loans. The three terms that often get confused are federal funds, prime, and discount interest rates, which helps with understanding SBA loans.

Anyone wanting to know how the economy works needs to know what the discount rate, the federal funds rate, and the prime rate are and why they are important.

What Is the Discount Rate?

The discount rate is an interest rate the Federal Reserve charges for discount loans. This is the rate the Fed sets, so member banks can borrow money overnight if they need funding. The Fed sets the rate to allow banks to borrow so banks don’t fall below their mandated reserve levels.

The discount rate is also called the primary credit rate. The Federal Reserve sets this rate so banks…

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5 Things to Consider Before Owning a Gym

Reposted from www.abcfinancial.com

Congratulations, you’ve decided you are ready to become a gym owner. The global fitness and health club industry generates more than $80 billion in annual revenue. However, just because the market is great does not mean you should dive into the industry without proper research and planning.

You need to create a plan to ensure you have the proper certifications, a streamlined process to collect membership dues, know how many employees you’ll need to hire and have an automated way to simplify administrative tasks. Ensuring that you have everything you need to run a successful gym is critical before you make that leap. Below we have outlined 5 things to consider before owning a gym:

Certifications

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How to Create a Sales Culture in your Gym

When a gym commits to creating a sales culture in order to increase sales and profits, there are some fundamental rules that should be the foundation of any successful implementation. Once these rules are established other items can be addressed as the health club moves toward the full adoption of the new sales culture. All staff in your facility must be involved. Any successful gym sales culture needs to include each and every employee from the owner to the lowest paid person. No one can be exempt. Some gym owners think that the idea of a sales culture is a membership sales department function that doesn’t affect other club departments. However, a true sales culture means that everyone takes responsibility for increasing sales by adopting a member and guest-centered attitude in doing their individual jobs. All staffers must have a real stake in the game when it comes to the performance of the gym. No matter how much your staffers hear about a sales culture in your gym …
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So, You Want to Be a Successful Gym Owner?

Let’s start with these simple questions

As with anything that has an upside, there will be risk. You can’t avoid it. However, you can help mitigate this risk with proper planning and preparation and surrounding yourself with industry experts. A place we always like to start by asking ourselves these 2 questions; what am I good at? And where do I struggle? Review the following questions to see where you need some help to improve your business;

· Are you a self-starter? The big failure I see in this area is we become content quickly. We don’t really start to push until the pressure is on. So many gym owners wait and wait, hoping things will change and then it’s too late. I think it was Mark Cuban that said it, “work each day like someone is trying to take it all away from you.

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Why hire a Membership Sales Coach when I already have a Sales Manager in my Gym?

Most health clubs already have a membership sales manager or someone who is in charge of membership sales production in some capacity, so why hire a sales coach for the membership department? Many sales managers are not trained in the subtleties of effective gym sales training nor have they developed the necessary skills and tools to be effective sales leaders. The most common way to hire a gym sales manager is to simply promote your best sales person in the membership department. This logic suggests this person is the most qualified to lead the membership sales team based on their past membership sales achievements. This type of promotion by necessity is common, but not commonly successful. In the process you may even lose your top membership sales performer when their leadership abilities fail to match their sales ability. The key reason being: Great gym sales people don’t often make great gym sales managers.

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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 orga…

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Tedious Gym Management Tasks that Can Be Automated

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There is no longer the time nor the place for tedious, manual tasks involved in managing your gym; automation is taking its place. Time is too valuable to waste, and with the industry growing at 3% annually, integrating efficiency into your gym operations to keep up with competition is imperative to your success. Even the simplest tasks can be automated to save you time and add a layer of professionalism to your gym. With the advancement of gym management technology, it is now an expectation that processes be completed as quickly and easily as possible.

These five tasks can be laborious if done manually, but if you start to automate them, you’ll see these tasks can be a piece of cake!

Member Check-In

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Tips for Opening A Gym in New Locations

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Are you thinking of opening a gym in a new location but don’t know where to start — or if you are even ready for it? Growing your business involves a lot of new challenges, from employee management to sales strategy. But do not let these growing pains deter you from expanding! Follow these tips to determine whether you are ready to open in new locations and learn how to approach the process.

Are You Ready for Expansion?

The first piece of the puzzle is figuring out whether you are even ready for the move. There is nothing more damaging to a business than moving too fast at the wrong time — and running a gym is tricky.

If you are currently operating a single gym, make sure you are hitting your yearly revenue targets and making a p…

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When Was the Last Time You Submitted a Press Release?

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I’ll bet it’s been a while…if ever. The press release is one of the most misunderstood and underutilized marketing strategies in the fitness industry. By submitting quality press releases to your local media outlets, you’ll get plenty of free publicity for your fitness business.

Press releases are a free form of promotion, and are one of the most powerful. Getting mentioned by a reputable source is much more powerful than a postcard campaign or other advertising you might be planning. Getting mentioned in local news media outlets lends credibility to your health club and will allow your target audience an unbiased way of getting to know you and your business.

First of all let’s discuss what a press release is. It is simply a method of lett…

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Listing Gym Broker – Co-broker

We want to Help! Would you be willing to work with us as a Business Broker to help sell your business for you??? There are NO Fees until your business sells. We will Advertise, Market, Network & Promote your business For Sale. We will work hard for you. We want to Help! We have a very strong data base of buyers who we work with that are specifically interested in the fitness business. We look forward to hearing from you. Please advise ASAP so we may execute a Sale of your Business. Other brokers are welcome to contact us.  We will co-broker.
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