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Debunking Coaching Misconceptions

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When I first was approached about becoming a Beachbody Coach I have to admit – I hesitated a little. I wasn’t sure if I was cut-out for a job where I “thought” I was going to have to know a ton about fitness (or even be in great shape – because at 2.5 months post-partum, I wasn’t!) I also wasn’t sure if I was cut-out for a job that would require me to “sell a ton of product” because, admittedly I was not a great “salesperson”…

Fast-forward to now and I’ve achieved the highest rank in Beachbody (Superstar Diamond) and my team has ended out the past 2 years as a Top 30 team (of over 400,000.) I don’t say this to “brag” I say this to tell you it’s POSSIBLE. It’s possible to make an incredible business without being a great salesperson, or being in amazing shape, or knowing anything about fitness. Why? Because you’ll LEARN. And I’ll TEACH YOU!

So let’s get back to de-bunking those misconceptions!

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1. I’ll have to push products on family and friends.

No way! If that were the case, I never would’ve joined! The way I run my business and train my team to run theirs, it’s NOT about pushing products and hopefully you can see/feel that in my social media feed. We all have someone in our circle who’s doing this (pushing products and being annoying) and the thought of being THAT person makes us cringe. BELIEVE ME, this is not like that.. not on MY team anyway. I specifically train my team to inspire, help and lead by example …and that is not only what is so fulfilling about this but it WORKS to build a solid, thriving, legit business. I have 6-figure earners AND 7-figure earners (income per year) on my team to prove it 🙂

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2. I would need a fitness following or know a lot of people to make this work.

Nope. We all start from ground zero with few people in our lives who are on a fitness journey like we are. You LEARN from the Coach you join, how to build a like-minded network after you join. Who ever you are and whatever you’ve been through – there are people who relate to YOU (more than they’ll relate to someone else). I didn’t even know how to use Facebook when I started my business! If you join me, you get start-up training, ongoing training from me personally and other top coaches. I focus on Social Media training a LOT. You have access to me one-to-one, my trainings and my training site. I teach my team how to use Facebook and other social media sites to BUILD a like-minded network and help those who WANT help.

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3. I would need a lot of extra time and not be working full-time to fit this in.

No, most on my team (and myself included) started building this business as we were working full-time, demanding jobs. I won’t say that being a mom, working full-time and on top of all of that, building a business, is EASY.. but it’s most definitely do-able if you are committed and love helping people in fitness anyway. All of my coaches who are now my TOP Coaches, began this as they were working full-time .. and many are mom’s as well (which is the big, important job #1 😉 !)

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4. I don’t want to drink Shakeology, therefore I probably couldn’t be successful.

Not true. You can be successful even if you don’t start your coaching business drinking Shakeology. And we now have an amazing protein and BCAA post-recovery drink that you just mix with water that is amazing plus a new pre-workout drink that is great tasting, all-natural and WORKS! BUT, for your own results and health, I’d highly recommend you look further into why so many of us are obsessed with Shakeology. When I first heard the price of Shakeology, I thought it was a typo! I thought CEO Carl Daikeler had lost his mind! I was comparing it to a PROTEIN SHAKE – so naturally I thought it was ridiculously priced – and at the time, I wasn’t even keen on drinking protein shakes anyway. I was just uneducated and I hadn’t yet tried a recipe I was in LOVE with. For years now, I’ve been in LOVE with the results AND the taste! Now I definitely believe Shakeology is priced where it should be and so worth it! I’d cancel my cable & sell a pair of shoes every month if I had to. I’d drink it daily (and sometimes twice daily) even if I wasn’t a coach. #truth

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5. I think I need to be more fit so others will take me seriously.

Most of my top coaches have joined when they were just getting back into their fitness and THIS business helped them stay more accountable to that mission. But also realize, at the core of what causes us to be inspired by someone, is watching them OVERCOME their own struggles/habits/fears – progress inspires. If you are struggling, great, you’ve got a HUGE opportunity to get to work on yourself and show PROGRESS. The RIGHT kind of people are not envious of that journey, they are inspired by it.. even if they are more fit; it’s inspiring to see such progress. Everyone WANTS progress even if they’re not ready to commit to the work yet. When they are ready to commit, they will come to you as that person they know, like and TRUST. In this business, you are not advertising your BODY, you are building relationships, advocating a healthy lifestyle, and connecting with people one-to-one. Success in this business will depend on who you ARE, not what you look like.

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6. This is one of those pyramid things, where only those at the top make money.

Oh boy.. this one drives me NUTS and makes me CRINGE.. because it’s so not true and anyone who thinks this is simply lacking knowledge about how this compensation structure is designed and is saying that based on some past experience/knowledge of some OTHER business. But .. I have to admit, when I heard of this, my mind went there too. But luckily, I put my stubbornness aside and looked deeper. Yes, the structure of this is like a pyramid. So is ANY organizational structure of ANY company you will work for. But with this, the people at the bottom (unlike in a normal business structure) can make MORE than the people at the top and that happens all the time! Have you ever heard of an hourly employee making more than the Directors and Exec’s of a company – very doubtful. Yet, in this business, someone that is hundreds or even thousands of levels beneath me has the SAME opportunity I had coming into this. With this compensation structure, EACH COACH is at the top of their own pyramid. You are the boss; you put into it as little or as much as YOU want to get out of it.

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And now, a quick video!

Jenelle Summers – one of the amazing mentors on OUR team – did this incredible interview with CEO Carl Daikeler that I think provides A LOT of insight and helps to explain the misconceptions above a bit more!

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When you’re finished, head to the next page: Coaching: The BASICS

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