Top Four Personal Trainer Tips For Communicating
Better Communication With Your Clients And Peers
As a personal trainer, your career has been built on your ability to communicate effectively to your clients; how else would they have been able to achieve such fantastic results if not for your constant advice and encouragement? However, when it comes to your own personal training business, the way you communicate can be the difference between spectacular success and mediocrity. But don’t stress – here’s a few expert suggestions for increasing your verbal effectiveness that’ll wow both your clients and your professional peers.
Eye Contact Is Key.
Maybe eye contact isn’t stressed as a necessity in communicating with your clients – after all, you can’t exactly face them when they’re doing a push up – but when you’re meeting with professionals, look them in the eye while you’re speaking. If you’re looking around while speaking to a nutritional product or equipment supplier, they’re going to wonder how competent you are…and your relationship will suffer.
Body Language Speaks Volumes.
It’s very easy to send mixed messages due to your body language. Think about it this way – would your client respond to encouragement that was delivered with a smile or a frown? People can be easily affected by body language – be certain you’re aware of the impact it has on what you’re trying to get across.
Use Appropriate Speech Volume.
It may sound amusing, but often fitness instructors who’ve been yelling encouragement in the gym forget that they’re using the same volume of speech over to meetings with professionals. Maybe you’ve spent all day in a loud gym, but the people you’re meeting with haven’t, and you can rattle them with too much volume. Make sure that the volume of your speech is appropriate for the type of setting that you’re in.
Lower Your Voice.
Sometimes women (and a few men) in the fitness industry have a hard time with this one, as high voices make people think of children rather than creating the respect you deserve with your peers. Often if you can lower the pitch of your voice it gives people the perception of confidence, even if your personality itself hasn’t changed.
Being able to communicate is one of the most crucial aspects of business and life beyond the gym. Of course, as a instructor, you already have a established foundation for your strong interpersonal abilities! When you use the suggestions made here your communication can become far more effective and enjoyable, so put these into action and watch your business expand wildly.