Unexpected Rewards

I just returned from a wonderful weekend at a fitness conference in Ft. Lauderdale.  As a motivational speaker on food, fitness and fun, I was overdue for a tune-up and required CECs for my fitness certifications.  I have to tell you, I was a little hesitant at how I would do at 56 years of age and a perennially pulled hamstring!. After all, I had signed up for Booty Blast, Core Camp, Suspension Training and other grueling sounding classes!

My friend and I were distracted at the registration desk by the driving beat of a kickboxing class in session.  We peeked in and my worst fears were “round-house-ing “and “triple jabbing” before my eyes.  Holy crap!  Everyone was young, chiseled and killing the complicated routine!!  Oh well, I thought, I can sit on the sidelines and take notes.

Dressed in my most slimmin, black gear I showed up at my first class, Double Trouble. 8 lb. medicine balls, tubing and my friend, Shawn, as my partner for this class.  Time to dive in.  Yikes!  Yes it was tough, yes I sweat buckets, but I had fun, I was happy, and I was successful at doing all the drills.  That’s when the teacher laid out her objective for any class she teaches: connect with your class, make them feel welcome, help them feel successful, make it fun so they leave a happier person and are sure to come back.  It’s not about “the instructor”, not about how many people you get in class, not about how hard and kick-ass you make the workout.  If, as an instructor, you’re there only to get the glory then you’re there for the wrong reason.

Bingo.

That’s the right message for me as an instructor, for me as a speaker, for me as a human being.  I was once again reminded of Mother Teresa’s words of wisdom quoted by the talented speaker, Marilyn Sherman, in one of her fabulous posts: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”   

The next morning’s YogaLean class had another wonderful message:  connect with your body so that you can treat it in the best way possible.  And then the most inspirational class was Sunday morning, called “Let the Praise Begin (a Gospel Workout)” with energetic, gospel music mixed with the joyful instructor (seen above) and awesome choreography!!!  (Think hands in the air)  I was smiling all the way to my last class called “The 7 Secrets of Success” where Carol Scott, the CEO and founder of ECA Fitness, shared her success tips: Do what makes you happy, work hard at what you love and persevere through the self doubt, rejections and setbacks.

Oh my, my muscles are sore from some intense workouts but I came away from this past weekend with more than new moves for my classes.  I came away with the unexpected message of my role as a teacher to inspire success and happiness to every audience I have the privilege to be in front of.  I better serve myself by continuin to improve my message and therefore better serving my audience to help them be successful and lead happier, healthier lives. 

What an inspirational and exhausting time!

 

About

Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
To book Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford, call 941-685-7725 or visit her at http://www.pollypitchfordmotivationalspeaker.com/

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Comments

  1. Wow, Polly, thank you so much for sharing your experience!  Isn't it wonderful when what we teach as motivational speakers shows up in some unexpected place? ESPECIALLY when it's a place where we are on the receiving end of the information/lesson. I LOVED seeing this experience through your eyes. I feel like I was right there learning with you.  Thank you so much!!!

  2. You inspire me Ms. Polly!!!! And I can truly say that you walk this talk. Whenever I leave you, I am happier. You inspire me to take better care of myself – by empowering me, not shaming me. And I think that is the true key to impacting others – whether you are a physical fitness instructor, motivational speaker, or anything else. Thanks for sharing! 

    I had someone write me recently asking how to get her employees to care about her assisted living residents more. I said she had two options – to require them to meet the needs and discipline them when it's not done – and to empower them by showing them how much they make a difference in the lives of others. While the first option is often necessary. I much prefer the second option.

  3. Hey Polly – I love where you wrote "That’s when the teacher laid out her objective for any class she teaches: connect with your class, make them feel welcome, help them feel successful, make it fun so they leave a happier person and are sure to come back.  It’s not about “the instructor”, not about how many people you get in class, not about how hard and kick-ass you make the workout.  If, as an instructor, you’re there only to get the glory then you’re there for the wrong reason."  Isn't that the role of us motivational speakers? At least when I go on stage, I want to make sure I have welcomed people when they walked in, or attended the breakfast or lunch before my event.  Then, when I get on stage – try to convey that the event is all about them.  I guess we are just like those fitness instructors!  Thanks for the shout out too – can't go wrong with a quote by Mother Teresa!

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