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The 21st Century Entrepreneur Business Model…and why it’s so perfect for Ski-Instructors

FOR THE LOVE OF TEACHING SKIING…

I LOVE Teaching Skiing!
I love the daily setting that connects my physical/emotional and cognitive aspects (…Spirit as well). I love the amazing community of like-minded, healthy, outgoing and giving professionals all sharing their passion and love for skiing in a breathtaking surrounding. I love the opportunity to better ALL my own skill-sets daily while helping others do the same. For over 38 years, I’ve come to view teaching skiing (as well as training and examining) as a profession of service and yet hugely cathartic. I truly get back so much more than I give.photo 5-29_3

NOT WITHOUT CHALLENGES…

Being a Ski-Teaching Professional is not without challenges. I speak honestly when I say that teaching skiing is not the most lucrative profession. It’s doesn’t provide me with year-round employment and although not-bad wages for doing what I love, living in resort communities ain’t cheap!
The cumulative wear and tear on my body has added up, and I’m really beginning to notice the price my body has paid for a long-career of teaching skiing.
It has brought me to the realization I can’t keep this pace forever, and I see the need for sustainable, year-long income stream that doesn’t rely so much on my body.

I became a fan of Beachbody’s home-fitness and nutrition programs in the pursuit of maintaining my own wellness and meeting the physical demands of a Snow-Sports Professional. I was NOT originally a fan however, of the marketing scheme (MLM) and like many had a biased opinion of this marketing methodology. It wasn’t until I became educated in this 21st Century form of marketing that I discovered I could convert my passion to a profitable business, choose my business partners and work with a GREAT team. As a bonus I have continued to improve my own health and fitness, and I now help 1000’s of Beachbody customers change their relationship with their bodies through better nutrition and fitness.

IN PURSUIT OF PURPOSE…

If like me, you have spent a considerable time in one career path you may be finding it’s time for a change. Maybe it’s time to combine your passion for fitness and wellness with your experience in coaching people to success all while creating a steady and year-round income.
Ski Instructors have the skills and experience to make HIGHLY successful Beachbody Coaches!
I can show you how to successfully leverage the interpersonal and relationship skills you have developed as an Instructor to Individualizing the wellness experience for your current ski-clientele as well as your Beachbody Customers.

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I will help you convert your success of coaching people in recreational-athletic endeavors to providing lasting lifestyle change in a comprehensive and supportive team environment.
I will provide you with unparalleled support in a team environment that is both challenging and fun, and guide you in coordinated team projects in the development of YOUR own team for lasting results.

My team hosts monthly a ‘5 day Sneak-Peek’ into Coaching, where we share what we do, how we earn and what we LOVE about being a Team Beachbody Coach.

Please send me an email at tjmetzfitness@gmail.com
Or learn more , and enroll in our team at my website tjmetzfitness.com

Choosing Your Personal Ski Teaching Brand

Finding your ski teaching brand is an ongoing, self-exploratory process. You might have a pre-conceived notion about your brand, but then discover an unknown affinity for a certain type of client. Stay open to new experiences. Ask your favorite clients for their input. Read this article and discover different ways to identify your ski teaching brand.

Branding Comes From Within

Your organic reactions to each teaching situation helps you determine your personalized brand. Note how you feel before, during and after class with specific types of people. What types were fun? What types made you uncomfortable? With which students did you have the most empathy? Whose goals can you identify with? Are you capable of helping them reach these goals?

Once you know the answers, discuss them with your ski school director. He or she has a vested interest the ski school’s success.

Your Ideal Student

During your day to day, off slope interactions with people, ask yourself if this person would like your ski class. What about you? Would enjoy having them in your class? How would you teach them. To what methods would they respond? This helps you get a better idea of your target client. Take a realistic approach. Many instructors would love to teach the 20-something with the hot bod, but are you really the best instructor for him or her?
It’s easier to build a brand when you can identify your target client!

Your off-slope interests and lifestyle also determine your brand. Mermer Blakeslee, specializes in fear workshops. She’s also an accomplished mystery writer and gardener. Visit herFacebook Page, and you get a sense of who she is as both a teacher and an intriguing human being.
Mermer shows her understanding of the entire fear concept in her book titled Conversations With Fear. She then uses this to build her personal brand and attract the kind of clients she can best help.

PSIA Solutions

PSIA has specialty clinics, including kids, women, seniors, moguls, adaptive and big mountain. There are other options through USA Ski Racing and adaptive programs. Take these clinics and establish your specialties. Gain respect as a ski professional, not just a ski instructor. This can be an essential element of your brand.

Find Your Niche

Building Brand You

This information comes from theIDEA website. Although it was designed for fitness instructors, it’s also applicable to ski instructors.

Your Presentational Brand

Your presentational brand starts with your physical appearance. Some instructors stay clean cut and well groomed. Others present more of a “Mountain Man” or “Mountain Woman” appearance. Each type will appeal to a different type of student. The personal touches you put on your business card also define your presentational brand, as do things such as handing out Tip of the Day Cards, or bringing along snacks for your students.

Your Reputational Brand

Your reputational brand is how people talk about you, if they talk about you at all! Much of this will depend on how much of a reputation you have built on social media.

Your Personal Brand

Your personal brand describes how you interact with clients. Do you have an email list? Are you available for chats after class?

Your Team Brand

Never underestimate the value of what your fellow ski instructors say about you. While building your own brand, you still need to be a team player. Learn from others by forming a mastermind group and sharing your expertise.

Think about the brands of successful instructors on your mountain. What makes them stand out among the other identical uniforms? If one of these instructors got sick or injured, whose class would you be able to teach? Consider shadowing these instructors in your spare time.

Testing Your Brand

Once you have chosen your brand, ask yourself “Does this work?” Ask your best clients how the perceive you, how well did you meet their expectations, from what did the build those expectations? It works if you are attracting your desired clients, and if you feel a sense of satisfaction at the end of a teaching session. If not, think about ways to target your brand toward your favorite type of student.