Getting into the industry: 2 more areas to address!
Firstly, I still can’t believe just how popular my ‘So you want to be an S&C coach’ ebook has proved. Over 300 downloads and the feedback really has been exceptionally flattering so I can’t thank you all enough for that!
Anyway I think that there are a couple of other areas that should be addressed in addition to this ebook! Consider this a revised version!
Both areas were brought to my attention by my friend and colleague Gav Allinson after reading the book. However I’ve thought they should be mentioned for some time so thanks to Gav flagging them up!
Here’s the first one: Look the part!
If you’re looking to get into strength and conditioning or fitness training there is absolutely no excuse for being grossly overweight at one end of the spectrum, or looking like a pipe cleaner at the other end of the spectrum.
Now let me get this straight, I’m not saying that you need to be bursting out from your shirt with muscles if you’re a fella or a bikini clad fitness gal, but for sure you do need to be in decent shape. So get training and practice what you preach. Trainers who don’t train just don’t work! Your athletes or clients see this and will question it overtime. Fat people giving nutritional advice also doesn’t work either!
In addition to looking the part physically, I would also add that you need to look the part from a presentation point of view too. Don’t take chances that your potential employer doesn’t mind a big beard or visible tattoos for example. Make a point of looking neutral and presenting yourself with ironed clothes and smart training gear. There’s nothing worse than someone who looks like they’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards, it just doesn’t fit I’m afraid!
The second element that you should look to develop is your twitter, facebook and blogging skills.
Social networking is huge. You simply have to embrace it in some way and the simple fact you’re reading this blog probably means you have done that already so that’s a good start.
Here’s some bullet points on how to use twitter and Facebook:
– Don’t swear! It’s unprofessional
– Understand that anyone can see you and they will make a judgement call through your profile and presence so think carefully about your profile picture and biography
– Don’t post inappropriate photos of your nights out and other random stuff!
– Keep your posts concise and relevant
– Have a Facebook page for your business so you can separate personal stuff
– Post regularly and comment on other peoples activity to boost your traffic
With the main 2 social networking sites covered the last area is starting a blog or basic website. You don’t need to do anything too full-on at first just a basic site like mine or a free blog is fine.
Writing about your experience is a great way of reflecting and learning for yourself but it also has the added bonus of giving prospective employers and clients a glimpse of your thoughts and philosophies which will surely change as you develop.
Here’s a tip though: If you’re just getting into the industry don’t start writing like you’re a seasoned coach who knows it all! Here are a few topics you could cover:
– Write about what you’ve been reading and your initial thoughts
– Your days coaching and what you’ve learned.
– Time you spend speaking with other coaches and reviews of courses you’ve attended.
– Your own training and what your goals are.
These are interesting areas and things that readers will get some value from reading.
Try not to lecture people or preach to them. A blog shows your personality so write from the heart.
Thats the 2 areas folks! If you’re looking for a website drop me an email as I have a great guy who has done all of mine and at a very good price too.
Don’t forget to check out Nick Grantham’s You’re Hired workshop which lifts the lid on getting into the industry! Keep the 29th September free for it!
Hope that makes sense and please do let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.