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3 Things you can do to make your staff meetings not suck


Last week I had the pleasure of delivering a webinar for the Parisi Speed School training network on delivering better staff meetings.

Not the sexiest of topics…

However, we’ve all been there…in those meetings and either wondered 1) why am I here? 2) Hold on I actually want to talk about this topic, or my favorite, 3) I could have read this in an email.

Yeah…me too.

SO, I decided to give a webinar about it. You can check out the full slide deck right here

Here are 3 quick thoughts to expand on this powerpoint…

1) Make your meeting a meeting…

What constitutes your meeting? For real…think about what your meeting should be. For our facility, a meeting is strictly operational. We talk facility updates, programs starting/ending, time off requests, reflect on our current systems, and make changes as a team.

We DO NOT talk about program design, coaching cues, training applications, or continuing education events. We reserve those for our coaching in-service sessions which are 100% not staff meetings.

So I ask, is your meeting a meeting?

2) Invite only the people who need to be there…

Seriously. How many times have you rolled in to a meeting and thought “why is ____ here?” or maybe YOU’VE been the person who should be elsewhere. Make sure your meetings have people who actually need to be in the room. Interns? Other departments in your health club? The nutritionist in your facility? The PTs? Do they REALLY need to be there?

Cut the clutter- invite only.

3) Fill in the gaps…

Private 1on1’s, quarterly planning sessions, email recaps, mid-week email notes…set up fillers that keep the communication relevant for your team but also doesn’t take away from your valuable face to face time.



3 Things: A Review of Strength Faction Philadelphia


Living in northern Vermont there aren’t that many loca quality continuing education seminars. Each year I budget and save to attend three out of state seminars to learn from some of the industries best when it comes to coaching, program design, assessment, specialty populations, business, and rehab. If you read my three things on certifications, my stance on continuing education is right there- we have to keep our tool boxes full, and our minds sharp. 

I had the chance to spend the last three days in Philadelphia at Warhorse Barbll attending the Strength Faction fall seminar with guest presenter Doug Kechijian of Resilient Performance (NYC).  This was my second Faction seminar and man, it did not disappoint. 

Here are my three biggest takeaways from this weekend of learning. 

Chris Merritt, myself, and Todd Bumgardner. Two of the three Jedi’s behind Strength Faction. Proud to call these guys my Coach.

Chris Merritt, myself, and Todd Bumgardner. Two of the three Jedi’s behind Strength Faction. Proud to call these guys my Coach.

 1) Being a better Coach is being a better human.

Todd Bumgardner delivered my favorite presentation of the weekend about coaching development. One of the biggest takeaways from this presentation was when he made the statement  “bravery can be extrapolated”. Whether this is with our clients or co-workers, if we can help them achieve success in one environment, they can take that process/feeling/emotion and carry that over somewhere else. Whether that’s athletes in sport, the work place, relationships at home, you name it. If we help people achieve success, those actions can be extrapolated elsewhere. 

 Spoiler alert: I have a whole page of quotes from Todd’s presentation that will be it’s own “3 Things”...

 One last comment. If you aren’t attending workshops or learning about human psychology, personality types, communication methods, or behavior need to. These are the aspects that will help your clients succeed.

2) Data collection is only as good as your ability to connect the dots.

I’ve been guilty of this in the past. I loved assessing clients...measuring every joint angle, runnning them through a variety of passive and active movement screens. Chris made a great point in his presentation of “if the environment impacts my ability to see what I am trying to assess, I need to change that environment”. If a client is struggling with balancing on an FMS board during an in-line lunge, taking them off the board might be the answer. Is it the standardized test? No. Was I then able to assess their lunge pattern? You bet. 

Doug made a great statement as well that really hit home. “Information is only as good or bad as the way you can apply it”. I love this statement. Keep the assessment process simple. Know what the outcome will be with the data you are collecting, and train to see if improvement is made. You may swing and miss, you may make contact. Good assessment and training procedures will have more hits than misses.

  3) A Seminar is only as good as it’s attendee’s.

One thing that makes Faction seminars stand out -other than the presentation topics- is the variety of professionals they draw. Professions this weekend include; Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Strength Coaches from pro sport, collegiate, and private settings, commercial gym trainers, facility owners, students, and aspiring fitness professionals.


Lots of exeperience in the crowd asking a variety of questions and providing their insight on questions. I could even say I learn more from the questions asked than the information given. Next time you’re looking to attend a seminar, think about how many types of professionals it will draw...this will help gauge the level of activity and variety of questions asked.