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Tuesday, 23 October 2012 15:16

I’ll drink to that!

When I was in college, I read a book called, “ A drinking life”.  Pete Hamill is the author.  If you have not heard of him, go check out www.petehamill.com .  You see, I am not the only person who has a website named after him or herself. 

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:48

Head in the sand

I have a friend who owns a gym.  I have written about him before.  He does absolutely nothing right when it comes to the fitness business.  Nothing. 

He dresses like a slob almost every day.

He spends ZERO dollars on marketing.

He is rude to almost everybody he encounters.

He staffs his club himself, AND only about 25 hours per week.

What else do I need to say?  He sucks at owning and operating a gym.

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Tuesday, 09 October 2012 11:06

Awesome Blossom Fitness

I am self employed.  I am no longer co-owner of a 24 hour key card center.  Since I have left the corporate training world, I have become better at many things.  One of them in particular is presenting. And a big part of presenting is building Power Point Slides.  At my corporate job, there was absolutley no leadership.  There certianly was not any professional development.  I used to build power point slides that had dozens and dozens of words and bullet points on them.  Okay, I should admit something:  OTHER people in the organization built these power points slides.  They did it instead of me, because I never felt comfortable putting them together.  I was going to be standing in front and off to the side of the slide.  I was going to be using my verbal and non verbal skills in conjunction with these slides.  I deep down knew that repeating what is written on the screen behind you was NOT the way to present.  But I didn't know what the right way was.  So, I asked other people in the company to do it.  Turns out, they didn't know either. I think back to these slides now, and I get embarrassed.

Then I parted ways with this company.

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Saturday, 06 October 2012 12:14

7 steps to fitness center profits

On Thursday, October 4th, 2012, I presented from 8:30am to 5:30pm in front of a bunch of fitness center owners.  I had 284 slides, 7 total steps and 3 BIG areas of focus.

Create

Master

Give

Ask

Understand

Market

Maximize

That is the first word from each of the 7 steps.

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Tuesday, 02 October 2012 10:45

That's what she said

Okay, so here's the deal:  I love the fact that people read my blog posts.  I am discouraged a bit, by the fact that I receive very little feedback.  There is a comment section and my email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Comments below the blog would be preferred.  On Facebook, comments are cool also.

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Friday, 28 September 2012 12:32

Sleeping with the enemy

I am very competitive.  Winning is very important to me, and it always will be.  Thankfully, losing has become more tolerable the older I get.  This has allowed me to try things that I may have passed on before for fear of failure. 

Even though I am competitive, I still believe that you can be friends, and even supporters of your “rivals”, while you are trying to oust them.

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Friday, 21 September 2012 14:50

A story about the CEO of a franchisor

In case anybody who reads my blog posts wonders, I currently have about 200 people who read what I write on a regular basis. I am pretty proud and happy about that.  I know that one year from now, it will ikely be three times that amount and within 5 years I plan to have over 1000 loyal followers. 

I predict that a high percentage of my "followers" are leaders in their organization.  They choose to read my stuff, watch my videos, come to my workshops, my speaking engagements, and hire me as a consultant because, even as leaders, they know that they have to follow on occasion. 

While I was in charge of the training program for hundreds of gym owners, I was constantly seeking information from others in the industry.  I wanted to learn what other people were saying.  I was smart enough to know that my so called "leaders" were stuck in 1995. 

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Friday, 31 August 2012 15:13

Clint Eastwood

I remember when "The Unforgiven" won the oscar for best picture.  I thought it was the worst movie ever to win best picture.  Now, don't get me wrong, it's a fine film.  But the best picture of the year should be a reserved for better than "fine". 

Clint Eastwood is the main character in the film, and like a lot of his other movies, he basically plays the same guy.  Quiet, serious, tough guy who always appears to be thinking about something important.  Mr. Eastwood has carved a very nice and profitable career from playing the same guy over and over.

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