There are three important lessons learned in Miami. 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 for the first time in 37 years due to heavy snowfall.
Two weeks back, I headed to Miami. It was a full weekend of learning, networking, and friends.
1. I learned In Miami That You Need To Know What You Are Ordering On the Menu
When I travel, I take risks with what I order. I like trying new things, and 90% of the time, it ends up being great – except I ordered sheep stomach as a meal.
On Thursday night, a group of us went out for dinner…
I felt 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 too much. If you go to a steak house, know how much steak would be 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 learned this lesson in Miami.
I always come away with different tips and ideas.
Here are a few tips that I got while in Miami:
- Try to consume alcoholic drinks that have calorie-free mixes in them. Doing this decreases your calories from the alcoholic drink by about half. The best drink that I had when I was in Miami was 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.
- A nice afternoon snack is having tea with a spoonful of coconut oil and beef gelatin. I have not tried this yet, but I look forward to giving this a go.
- Try to have a glass of water after every alcoholic drink. This will rehydrate you, fill you up, decrease the effects of the alcohol and decrease how much you end up drinking.
2. I Also Learned in Miami that You Can’t Beat Working and Walking with Friends
I have been a part of a fitness info mastermind for about five years. We meet every few months, and I have built several great friendships over those five years.
It is always great to meet up with those friends and chat, especially while walking in Miami…
Nothing beats 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 the technology and work a little break. All that other stuff can wait until I get back home. I learned this lesson in Miami.
3. Improve Your Communication
When I started working in the health and fitness world, I focused on learning everything I could regarding exercises and injuries. I attended courses, bought books, read research articles, and trained as many people as I could, then realized that I got good and that I am good at working with people with injuries.
I thought the more knowledge I had about injuries and exercises, the more clients I would have and the greater my success, but I was wrong. It isn’t all just about that.
The thing that improved my business was working on improving my communication, specifically, how to communicate with people regarding how I could help them overcome their problems.
A big part of that was speaking or presenting, which I did while in Miami…
The other part is writing…
(Like this blog post you are reading).
With both, I understand that I am selling something, which is why I learned that improving your communication would help you have a great stay in Miami.
To many, ‘selling’ is a bad word, but it is key to helping more people move forward and get what they want.
Just ask my kids. They are some of the best communicators for getting what they want… Especially when there is an app or toy that they want.
- I need to explain to my client why a certain exercise is important.
- I need to discuss in my blog post why exercise is good.
- I must convince my wife why we must go to Mexico to have tacos.
- I need to encourage my kids to eat vegetables.
So now, I put equal time into my technical skills as I do my communication skills, especially selling with those skills.
Thanks for reading the lesson I learned in Miami, and have a great day.
Rick Kaselj, MS
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