What Would A Motivational Speaker Do?

I’m putting this one out there to my fellow motivational speakers on communication, building relationships, running a business and success to chime in on.

A little back history:  My career as a group fitness instructor started in 1988 at a locally owned gym in my lovely town of Sarasota, FL.  I taught there for 27 years (wow, really?) and had a great relationship with the owner and his wife; company parties, awards banquets, hanging out at the gym from time to time type thing.

Back to present.  It has been a couple of years since I left their club because of scheduling conflicts.  I heard that they were opening a new gym in town and shortly after received an email from Julie (names have been changed to protect the innocent), the owner’s wife who will be running the fitness program.  Here’s how the correspondence went:

Julie – “would you like to pick up a couple of classes at crunch”

Polly – “Hi Julie!  Thank you so much for thinking of me!  I heard that you         and Chris were opening Crunch, how great!  I’m not saying no but I have to consider how to fit this into my standing schedule for right now.  What kind of classes do you need?  I specialize in muscle works, cardio interval, yoga, pilates and TRX.”   In Health,  Polly

Julie – pilates, yoga, muscle works

OK, so how is this hitting my fellow bloggers at this point?  She’s in charge of recruiting a team of excellent instructors to help make this business a success and she hasn’t once used a capitol letter or said hello.  My measured response follows:

Polly – After brief consideration I cannot add another class to my schedule.

Period. Zip. Shut down.  Does she think I’m going to work for someone who communicates like this??  Hellz no!  Do you think I should tell her husband/owner how his wife is going about staffing their club?  Opinions from the experts please!

From your motivational speaker, Polly Pitchford, who was in NO WAY motivated to work for her!


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  1. Wow, Polly, I see EXACTLY what you are saying.  God bless that lady – but she certainly does NOT understand the communication principle that “The MEANING of any piece of communication lies only in what the receiver takes it to mean – regardless of the sender’s intention.”  She does NOT get that.

    AND – my first thought is this:  I submit that you have two things to consider – one of which you have already mentioned:

    1.  Do you want to work for someone who has so little understanding of effective communication? That is totally up to you – and I get why you might not want to. 
    2.  You COULD align yourself with my other big principle of communication which is this:  The most effective communicators take responsibility on BOTH sides of the communication model – both as the SENDER (which she didn’t do) AND as the RECEIVER – and that’s where you come it.  You COULD, if you wanted to, take HER meaning to be that she is a very great person who TOTALLY doesn’t get how email communication is a breeding ground for miscommunication.  

    Finally, Polly, your instincts are brilliant.  If you feel like you don’t need this kind of situation in your life – then I know you will follow your intuition.  You know things. 

  2. Linda’s insight is gold. If the desire to speak your truth continues to surface, I would encourage you to have a sincere conversation with Julie about her style of communication rather than speak to her husband/partner. Crunch on!

  3. Hey Polly – Just to add my two cents here.  It sounds to me, after reading and re-reading your post, that there is more to the history of the relationship than what we see.  It sounds like you got fired up after seeing her lack of communications in her e-mail.  However, when I looked at it, I saw that she just isn’t effective at e-mail and at the time she wrote it she may have had a ton on her plate.  I’m not rationalizing for her, I’m just saying that I would gather more information before making a decision.  How about a phone call or a meeting at the new gym to get the whole picture?  However, if you have a history with her, and this is typical of her in terms of cryptic messages and you are seeing red flags, then listen to your gut.  To gather more information, you could open your call with:
    “Hey Julie – got your message and would love to talk to you more.  I sense that your time like mine is limited but would welcome a conversation about what your needs are.  When would be a good time? I have 3pm open.  Thanks”
    On another note, if you were to look at the bright side (I am a motivational speaker after all) she seems like someone who would give you a wide berth if you were to take on classes!  Just think, no long e-mails!  
    Good luck, let us know how it goes. 

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