Industry Insight: PMA Conference 2017

I recently returned from the PMA Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, CA. If you didn’t catch the short video I posted on Facebook and Instagram, you can click play below and check out the highlights!

 

It was a busy (and very fun) few days catching up with pilates pro’s who have been attending the conference for years, and others who were joining us for the first time. There were interesting and insightful workshops on so many pilates related topics that I left inspired by, and grateful for, this amazingly talented community.

 

On the flight home, I finally was able to catch my breath and reflect on what made these few days so incredible. I came to the following collection of thoughts:

 

You Make A Difference

Whether you are working with clients, teaching other teachers or just moving because you want to, you ARE making the world a better place. When you make one person feel good, you become a link in the chain of kindness that connects us all.

Blake Beltram from MindBodyOnline reminded us all of this in his keynote speech when he said “ you’re strengthening the core of your clients’ soul and stretching more than their muscles - you’re stretching their capabilities”. 

In your marketing, if you aren't talking about this, you should be. Your impact doesn't just take place during that 60 minute session - there is SO much more to it than that. (Check out this article: Your Brand Is Your Super Power, or this one: It's Pretty Awesome (that thing you do))

 

You Are A Part Of A Very Special Community

When you are working alone or in a small studio, it is easy to feel isolated. When you take the opportunity to participate and attend conferences for your industry, you experience firsthand the breadth and depth of who we collectively are. Making new connections is every bit as important as what we learn at these events. Perhaps even, by making new connections we are able to learn more! Together, we are this incredible community of movement innovators with real purpose. When we get together in a room - sparks fly!

 

You Are Going Places

Every year I am blown away by the talent and knowledge within our industry. From the new research studies that were presented to the lively discussions during break-out sessions. The workshops I was able to attend this year highlighted just how intelligent and smart our community is and how we continue to look for more ways to learn and grow. Cheers to that!

 

also… You Know How To Party Like A Rockstar!!!

 

Above all, my favorite part of the conference was the coffee and connect series where we chatted over coffee about all things pilates and business related, from hiring new teachers, building new websites, getting new clients and what the Pilates In America study really told us.

I’m already looking forward to more of the same next year!