Over the last two and a half years I have done over 1000 hours of coaching. Some 1 to 1, some group training and lots of classes.
I’ve done this so many times that it is second nature, it’s the most normal thing in the world to me and because of this I never think what it’s like to be on the other side.
I never considered what it’s like coming into somewhere new, doing something you’ve never done before in a totally alien environment.
This was until last week.
I decided to start a martial arts class and this was the first time I’ve ever been to any form of class since I was very young.
I’m going to be honest with you here and say I was really nervous about it.
It really made me realise how people must feel when they first come to us and like I said this has never previously crossed my mind.
If I was this nervous despite my own extensive coaching experience how must people off the street feel coming to us for the first time and how many people don’t come at all because this barrier is too much to overcome.
Obviously once I was in and settled everything was great.
Everyone there couldn’t be more helpful or welcoming and I felt at home pretty much straight away.
This is how I hope everyone feels once they start with us too.
We try our best to create a welcoming family atmosphere that people want to be a part of and the relationship we have with our clients is testament to this.
I guess the message here is don’t let nerves stop you from doing something you want to do.
Just treat it as a gut check and get on with it.
Everyone, even us coaches get nervous doing something new you’ve just got to get on with it and once you’ve gotten through the door you’ll be laughing about how worried you were about nothing; and that definitely beats not going at all and kicking yourself about what could have been.
Dan “the new kid” Breen