People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!

What is the easiest way to enhance team morale, increase job satisfaction, boost someone’s confidence, make a client feel great, increase a loved one’s inner joy and cure the world’s problems?

Okay so maybe I’m going overboard there but telling and showing someone how much you love, respect and appreciate them goes a really long way! The best part is if you’re struggling with this economy and on a tight budget, it doesn’t cost much if anything!

So whether you are a personal trainer, fitness instructor, manager or owner, here’s few ideas:

*Give a thank you card or letter to a client or team member who has been with you for a long time to tell them how much you appreciate that they are in your life.

*Pick up a few $10-$20 gift cards from Itunes, Starbucks, Movies etc to give to staff to thank them for going above and beyond.

*Order some water bottles, t-shirts etc with your logo on it to give to loyal clients and staff – a great marketing initiative too!

*Send a short, impromptu email to a client or team member to let them know you recognize how hard they’ve been working.

*Post client testimonials and success stories on your website, on a bulletin board at your studio and in a scrap book to be displayed at your studio.

*Plan a staff thank you party and/or a membership/client appreciation get-together or BBQ to let your people know how much you care about them.

*Wildly celebrate all client and staff successes & special moments like birthdays, anniversaries etc.

If you’re like most leaders (and yes, you’re a leader), it’s easy to forget to do these things. So put it in your calendar so it is ritualized. For example, you might decide that every Thursday, you are going to email 3 people to thank them or the first of every month, you are going to purchase a few small gifts to give to those people who you really appreciate or every quarter, you’re going to host a party. Write it down and then make it happen!

Yours in fitness, health and business,

Sherri McMillan

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