Every January, I head to Florida.
Some may think that it is because I want to avoid the snow and cold but to be honest, I have enjoyed moving up to Kelowna and having a real winter and a full four seasons.
Plus the kids love the snow. The snow brings out the best in kids, especially when they close the schools down for the first time in 37 years due to a heavy snow fall.
Two weeks back, I headed to Miami and it was a full weekend of learning, networking and spending time with friends.
Here are 3 things that I learned while I was there…
#1 – Know What You Are Ordering On the Menu
When I travel, I try to take some risks on what I order. I like trying new things and 90% of the time, it ends up being great except that time I ordered sheep stomach as a meal.
On Thursday night, a group of us went out for dinner…
I would like a steak so I looked at the menu and decided to order a 22 oz steak.
The steak was great but 22 oz was way to much. If you go to a steak house, know how much steak would be enjoyable enough for you.
I enjoyed the first 12 oz but the last 10 oz were not enjoyable.
That being said, it is always great going to fitness meetings and seeing what other people eat and why they eat the way they do.
I always come away with different tips and ideas.
Here are a few tips that I got while in Miami:
- One that Shawna K does is she tries to have alcoholic drinks that have calorie-free mixes in them. By doing this, you decrease your calories from the alcoholic drink by about a half. The best drink that I had when I was in Miami was a pineapple infused vodka. It was incredible.
- When you head out of town, head to the gift shop or the local corner store and get some raw almonds. They are a nice light snack when traveling and they won’t pull you over in customs for having them if you end up bringing them back.
- A nice afternoon snack is to have a tea with a spoon full of cup of coconut oil and beef gelatin. I have not tried this yet but I am looking forward to giving this a go.
- Another one that I learned was try to have a glass of water after every alcoholic drink. This will hydrate you back up, fill you up, decrease the effects of the alcohol and decrease how much you end up drinking.
#2 – You Can’t Beat Working and Walking with Friends
I have been a part of a fitness info mastermind for about 5 years. We meet up every few months and over those 5 years, I have built a number of great friendships.
It is always great to meet up with those friends and chat, especially while walking in Miami….
Nothing beat breaking away from the phone, computer, laptop, TV, tablet and pager to spend time with friends, catch up with how life has been going, talk about what is coming up and go for a walk.
When I go to conferences, courses, seminars, meetings, etc I try to focus on enjoying the moment, connecting with old friends, meeting new friends and giving all of the technology stuff and work a little bit of a break. All that other stuff can wait until I get back home.
#3 – Improve Your Communication
I know when I started working in the health and fitness world, I focused on learning everything that I could when it comes to exercises and injuries. I attended courses. I bought books. I read research articles. I trained as many people as I could. I got good and I am good at working with people with injuries.
I thought the more knowledge I have about injuries and exercises, the more clients I would have and the greater success I would have but I was wrong. It isn’t all just about that.
That was kind of the case. The thing that really improved things was working on improving my communication and specifically, how to communicate with people on how I can help them overcome their problems.
A big part of that was speaking or presenting which I did while I was in Miami…
The other part is writing….
(Like this blog post you are reading.)
With both, understanding the fact that with both you are selling something.
I know, too many selling is an evil word but it is a key to helping more people, move forward and getting what you want.
Just asked my kids. They are some the best communicators when it comes to getting what they want. Especially when there is an app or toy that they want.
- It is important for me to explain to my client why a certain exercise is important.
- It is important for me to discuss in my blog post why an exercise is good.
- It is important for me to convince my wife on why we need to go to Mexico to have tacos.
- It is important for me to encourage my kids to eat vegetable.
So now, I put equal time on my technical skills as I do with my communication skills, especially selling with those skills.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.
Rick Kaselj, MS
P.S. – One event that I will be attend in March that will be helping me improve my communication (and selling) is this event. Hope to see you there.