You’re Hired!! 3 Key Points to consider
Most people know that I had Nick Grantham down this weekend just gone to do a 1 day workshop on getting into the strength and conditioning industry.
Well I have to say it was a great success. Nick has tons of experience to share. Initially I was intending on getting some work done elsewhere for the day, I had some programmes and some admin to do and both were on the list. I ended up sitting through the whole day and listening with great interest.
Here’s what hit the spot in my mind during the course of the day.
Nick said it many times on Saturday, I’ve mentioned it before too. It’s certainly the thing that keeps me pushing forwards. If you don’t have a burning desire to do the job you won’t get anywhere.
I remember reading Geoff Thompsons book Shapeshifter where he says, “If you make you’re hobby your job, you’ll never have to work again”. These words were massive for me as I got into MMA and later S&C.
Here’s another message from Nicks workshop:
A cliche but cliches are cliches for a reason, they tend to be true!
If you have that burning desire make sure you have a work ethic to match it. This industry is very competitive, you have to fight to stand out and that comes from being the best coach you can possibly be and also simply being there consistently over time and not giving up!
Here’s another good lesson, taught not this time by Nick himself but someone from outside the S&C industry….Karl Pilkington!
I love the idea of Karl’s superpower of being able to detect bullshit from people. When bullshit is being spoken Karl flys into the conversation with his cape on, stops the conversation by pointing at the person in question saying……BULLSHIT! If you don’t know what i’m talking about you need to check out An Idiot Abroad. It’s hilarious.
Anyway, how does this fit into Strength and Conditioning? Quite simply. Don’t Bullshit! People can tell!
If you’re an intern with 1 years experience make sure you put that on your CV making the most from this 1 year. Don’t put down you’re an S&C coach with experience leading everything and everyone under the sun.
If you’ve never worked in a specific sport don’t Bullshit and say you have.
Don’t make claims you can’t back up.
The same applies to blogging, articles, websites etc.
Write from the experiences you have been through and show people what you’ve learnt. This is much more insightful and thought provoking than copying someones philosophy and pretending it’s your own, or just selling yourself by making false claims.
Your blog should add to the body of knowledge in your own way, not just be a sales pitch.
There’s three key messages that certainly apply to everyone when it comes to developing yourself and breaking into this industry. To be honest, that doesn’t do the workshop justice at all. In fact there is so much more to it than that as Nick went through a complete strategy to S&C specific self development I’d say that anyone out there looking to accelerate their career should take this one day course.
We’re going to put this on again next year, probably May/June time I’d say. The video will be available before that though.
Here’s to development!
PS If you were on the workshop make sure you leave me a comment to let me know what your take home messages were, be great to hear from you…..