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You check it.
50 times a day—usually between events or during break—and use it to follow everyone from your best friends to your favorite gymnasts (and I hope you follow me @tretrosi and @gym_momentum). But how much do you really know about Twitter, and the people behind it?
At the SXSW conference in Austin earlier this month, Kevin Weil, Twitter’s Vice President of Product, Revenue, revealed the surprising reasons his company has been so successful—and what you can learn from Twitter’s big ideas.
1. The company follows a secret code …
… but Weil will reveal it anyway. “We think there are really four things that make Twitter unique: that it’s public, live, conversational, and widely distributed,” he says. “Everything we’re doing now and in the future is in service of those things.” Recent examples include showing photos and videos in timelines—rather than users having to click to see the images—and introducing Vine last year. “Vine is a great example of those four things applied to video—people sharing their lives and their creativity in 6-second loops—and it’s almost become its own sort of art form. We love what we’re seeing there.”
2. The brains behind the brand break a sweat together.
Twitter seems to roll out new features at lightning-speed—which makes sense, since its HQ is made up of highly active athletes. Weil, for example, usually runs 8 to 12 miles in the morning—often with his coworkers. “My morning run is an opportunity to connect with friends and colleagues, or if I’m alone, it’s an opportunity to collect my thoughts and plan for the day,” he says. “Running gives me balance, and leaves me with energy and enthusiasm for the coming day in the office. Twitter is a wonderful place to work, and extremely high-energy. Being a long-distance runner helps me keep up with my coworkers!”
3. They strive to stay head of the tech curve.
Weil has a big prediction for where technology is headed: “I think we will see various forms of Internet-connected devices and sensors become so prevalent that they fade into the background of everyday life,” he says. “Cell phones already have, and the world is massively different than just 7 years ago because we each carry in our pockets an always-on connection to the rest of the world. Wearables are another example of this, and they’re clearly in their infancy. I can’t wait to have more real-time information about myself, my health, and my fitness from wearables. I’m looking forward to what the future holds.”
4. They can’t function without collaboration.
Weil’s favorite business motto: “Strong opinions, weakly held.” In other words, Twitter rose to be one of the most popular services around because the company valued collaboration. “We work every day to create new experiences for hundreds of millions of users, and it’s important to be bold, to be willing to suggest and defend big ideas,” Weil says. “But it’s equally important to have the humility to ask questions, to welcome others challenging your ideas, to look honestly at data whether it supports or refutes your idea, and ultimately to learn from our users.”
I personally started viewing Twitter and other Social Media at first like at novelty. But now it is an integral part of my marketing plan. Marketing, like gymnastics, is a dynamic environment. You are moving forward or backward. There is no such thing as staying the same.
I recently was asked to MC the University of Calgary International Cup. The FIRST thing I did was start using a hashtag (#UCIC) to encourage the audience and the athletes to get involved before, during and after the competition. I look forward to growing this at future competition.
How do you use Twitter?
What has been your most successful post on social media?
Share your thoughts, keep the momentum going!
Mykaya Skinner making twisting doubles look WAY too easy.
Pioneer Gymnastics, Inc. is a gym that touches the lives of families in the local community. The gym was established in 1966 and is located in beautiful East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.
Summary of Position
Great opportunity to join a dedicated coaching staff along with a successful, strong and rapidly growing competitive team.
The position is responsible for providing leadership and guidance to athletes and assistant coaches within the program. The Head Coach will help coordinate the selection, instruction, training, and conditioning of all athletes at all levels in the program. The Head Coach works closely with the recreational program leaders to ensure all curriculums are developed to meet team requirements.
- Identify Program Goals – proactive and comprehensive planning
- Work with the staff in creating a positive learning environment
- Formulate lesson plans and skill development programs
- Weekly meetings with program leaders
- Train and development of athletes
- Supervision and analysis of performance development plans
- Communication with staff, athletes and parents
- Professional Development – attend Clinics & Certifications
- Attend and contribute to staff meetings
- Attend competitive meets with possible overnight travel
- 1-3 years’ experience coaching gymnastics
- Must be able to work well with a team of coaches
- Working knowledge of the USAG Compulsory Routines
- Strong spotting ability particularly for levels 8, 9 & 10
- Knowledge of the USAG JO Program
- Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks and assignments simultaneously
- Excellent verbal communication skills
- Knowledge of USAG Compulsory Routines
- Self-motivated with a strong work ethic
- First Aid and CPR certified preferred
- Team oriented individual
- High energy
- Great attitude with positive communication skills
- Acute knowledge of and passion for the sport
Evening (3:30-7:30pm) and Saturday AM hours (9-12pm) required. Flexibility with the number of work days.
Pay & Benefits based on experience.
Pioneer Gymnastics, Inc.
Name: Danielle McKinnon
Address: 45 Maple Street
City: East Longmeadow
I’d like to thank WENDY BRUCE MARTIN for contributing this article. Wendy, a former US Olympian, is now working as a Sports Psychology Expert at Peaksports.com and Get Psyched. She has a great blog, Get Me Psyched, as well.
Life After Gymnastics
There are numerous articles, books, videos, camps, and conventions that focus on educating coaches and gym owners all the skills, drills, and secrets to having successful athletes. As a coach, we want to make sure we are on the cutting edge of training, conditioning, and skill development and we do everything in our power to make sure that we offer our gymnasts the best training experience. But what can we do to help our gymnasts prepare for life after their gymnastics career is over?
A typical gymnast’s life starts around the age of five. They usually start off training once a week for an hour. Then every time they move up a le
vel they add hours and days to their training schedule. By the time the gymnast is a level 6, they are training twenty hours a week. If the gymnast keeps moving up to level 10 and stays in gymnastics until the age of eighteen, they will have devoted over 10,000 (even more if they compete in college) hours of their youth to the sport of gymnastics. For those 10,000 plus hours they are told what to do, when they need to do it, how to do it, and why they need to do it. Every aspect of their career is dictated by the sport of gymnastics. They do their schooling around their gymnastics schedule. Their family takes vacations around their gymnastics schedule. Even their eating and sleeping schedule is at the mercy of their gymnastics life. And if you ask the gymnast, they wouldn’t want it any other way.
A gymnast is proud of their muscles, rips, calloused hands, and washboard abs. They take comfort in knowing that they have found a sport that they found their true friends and family. They have a sense of security knowing that their lives will pretty much follow the same schedule until they graduate high school. And they are honored to be called a gymnast. But what happens when a gymnast reaches the end of their career? What happens when their rips and calloused hands turn soft? What happens then they lose their gymnastics friends and family? What happens when for the first time in their lives they have no one telling them what to do, when to do it, how they should do it, and why they should do it? What happens when they are no longer a gymnast?
Many former gymnasts say that they had a hard time adjusting to life after gymnastics. One gymnast said this “It felt like I had spent my entire life being coached on how to be a successful gymnast and then one day it was over and I was left to fend for myself. Everyone around me expected me to just move on in life, but for me, I felt empty inside. I felt like something inside me had died. I had to deal with the loss of gymnastics, the loss of my gymnastics family, and even the loss of my dream of making the Olympics. I felt like I had climbed Mt. Everest and I was standing on the peak admiring the pinnacle of my career and I looked back on my amazing journey with only great memories. But then I felt like I was left to figure out my own way home and everyone that had helped up to that peak had disappeared. Everything I had known my entire childhood was gone in one day.”
Numerous athletes tell me similar stories and how the loss of gymnastics was devastating. Like any loss in life, gymnasts may feel depressed, angry, confused, bitter, or empty. I have seen many gymnasts feel like they were failures in their sport because they didn’t live up to their expectations. Others who had to quit because of injury may feel robbed of their dream and have resentment to the sport. Some gymnasts lose their identity and struggle to find their self-worth without gymnastics. And still there is a select group that remains angry and bitter to a sport that they gave their childhood to and then abandoned them when they grew up. These stories of gymnasts that grieve over the loss of gymnastics are very real. But they need to know that they are not alone. It is OK to grieve over the loss of their gymnastics. They may feel many emotions from anger to bitterness. All of these emotions are natural and healthy. Gymnastics is one of most difficult sports in the world and it will be hard to find another sport that can compare to the training regimen of that of gymnastics. A gymnast needs to know that they can take all the wonderful skills both mental and physical that they learned in gymnastics and apply them to the rest of their lives.
It is also imperative for coaches and gym owners to understand that it is very important for gymnasts to feel that they are not lost and forgotten after they leave gymnastics. Gyms can create an alumni program: with gymnasts’ dinners, invite them to team banquets and have them sit at the alumni table, design boot camps to challenge their fitness, invite them to competitions and mock meets, have open communication with the athletes so they can know that the gym still cares, and have the gym owner and coach continue to help the gymnast set new life goals. These little things can make a big difference with a gymnast and hopefully help them transfer from a gymnastics life into life after gymnastics a little smoother.
This last weekend I was up in Montreal for Gymnix International. It was a truly great competition for all levels. There were 4 different clubs there who I consult with through out the year and I was SO happy to see them compete and help out where I could. As a gift for the gymnasts and coaches I worked with I brought T-shirts for the gymnasts and polo shirts for the coaches.
Someone asked, “What is Gym Momentum?” and “Can I get one of those T-shirts?”
Answering the second question first. At this point Gym Momentum apparel is NOT for sale. It can only be earned at a training camp or clinic.
WHAT IS GYM MOMENTUM?
The idea for Gym Momentum started at a camp I used to work at. After long days in the gym we would hang out at night and continue the gymnastics discussion. A coach would come in and ask a question about something they struggled with in the gym that day (or a problem back at their home gym). Now there are 6 or more pretty smart gymnastics minds all problem solving. Talking technique, drills, common cues and common mistakes. When we are problem solving, we are ALL equals.
The FEELING I want for Gym Momentum is coaches working together for a common goal. Sharing their knowledge and experience.
If you have a question- ASK IT. If you have an answer, GIVE IT.
I have some great coaches, physical therapists, personal trainers, sports psychologists, business minds and sports scientists who regularly share and contribute. I couldn’t (and wouldn’t) do this without them. I am just not that smart!
So get involved, keep the momentum going and become part of the Gym Momentum community.
We will soon begin selling videos from the Gym Momentum website. This is just another way we can share gymnastics knowledge.
Many people have already booked a Gym Momentum clinic. Whether for business consultation, recreational or pre-school program or a team clinic. If I can not do it or I feel one of my other coaching friends is more qualified, I will help get you in touch with them.
The BUSINESS of Gym MOMENTUM has been pretty good. Lately I have been spending about as much time doing business consulting as I have spent time doing gymnastics consulting with about 2 weeks a month on the road.
The last 2 clubs asked:
“What’s your secret? How can you spend as much time AWAY from your gym as you spend at your gym and still be successful?”
- – Work SMART and HARD
- – Hire Great People
- – Let them do their jobs.
- – Hold them responsible
I find myself increasingly appreciative of the jobs my staff do. Nearly every meeting has me saying-
“I’d ask Dina (The General Manager) to do this….”
“Matt (Head Coach) would….”
“Cori (Co-head Coach) did …”
All with good results.
This past week up in the Canada. The director of the club was spending too much time micro-managing everyones job and not focusing enough on the group she was coaching or the business she was trying to run.
We spent a lot of time trying to get her to “let go” of some of the responsibilities.
It is easy to say you want to empower your staff. It is difficult to actually do it.
She asked how am I able to TRUST everyone to do their job and I said it is fairly simple-
I have clear expectations and make sure that everyone knows that they can not have the authority without the responsibility. “
None of us like “Helicopter Parents” nor should you like a “Helicopter Owner”
She asked how my business can afford for me to be away . When I started coaching IN the gym less, I took less money from the team program in salary. I spent more time working ON the gym. Marketing, Management and business planning. The increased revenue from this contributed to my salary. The money I make in clinics offsets the “lost income” from not taking the same salary due to reduced coaching hours.
I said- NEVER pay for a job that is not being done or being done to your expectations. And that includes yourself. If I have to do someone else’s job or continuing to clean up someone else’s mess then I would pay myself more and pay that person less. I still plow my parking lots and I have 1 night I am responsible for the gym to be clean for the morning. Everything has a price and at this time I am not willing to pay someone else to do those jobs.
At one consulting job an owner talked about one staff member who was always undermining their authority and causing unnecessary drama.
Long story short- That employee was fired on Saturday before I left.
Be the boss. Responsible and fair. If someone is NOT doing their job, doing their job poorly or undermining you, they are stealing. Stealing your energy and time and money. You can (and should) get by without them.
And to ANY of my staff who read this- just so you know- I say great things I say about you when I am called on to consult. Thank you. You’re the best.
At some point in your life, you have probably made a New Year’s resolution. Maybe it was this year, and you set a goal to live your life differently in some way, big or small. You might already have abandoned your plans. Perhaps you have given up making resolutions because they so rarely succeed.
It is hard to make big changes in your life, and you have to enter into that process expecting that you will experience a few setbacks. What separates the people who succeed at achieving their big-picture goals from those who do not is not that they never fail. It is in their response to failure.
Everyone fails. Sometimes, you give in to temptation and do something you shouldn’t. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, other factors cause your best-laid plans to go awry.
So, how can you learn from your failures rather than giving up? Here are five suggestions
Check your goals.
Often, the way you state your goals can get in the way of your success. When you are on the verge of giving up, look at what you set out to do. Did you set yourself a positive goal like eating healthier food or reading more books at work, or did you create a negative goal like eating less or avoiding distractions?
Negative goals are almost always doomed to failure, for two reasons. First, when you are constantly trying to stop yourself from performing an action, you have to ride your mental brakes, using brain systems that are prone to weakening and giving out. Second, your habit-learning system does not learn from the experience of avoidance. You generate habits when you perform an action that is related to an environment. You learn from doing. You do not learn when you don’t do something.
So, even when you successfully resist temptation, you’re not training your mind and body to act a certain way. You have to reframe your goals to turn them into actions you perform rather than actions you are trying to avoid.
See the gray.
There is a tendency for people to set up their goals in all-or-nothing terms. You may create a strict diet that you have to adhere to. You may go from being a couch potato to a daily exerciser.
The problem with these all-or-nothing goals is that you are either succeeding or failing. In the case of a diet resolution, you are either sticking to the plan, or you have given up. Breaking the diet a little feels like failure, which can lead you to break it a lot.
If you find that your small failures become catastrophic ones, then you need to think about whether you are creating too strict a boundary between right and wrong in your goals. Do you feel that small failures are just as bad as big ones? If so, you might consider seeing a little gray. Yes, it is bad to overeat a little, but better to admit you had a bad day and try to do better the next day than to go into a tailspin.
Rework your plan.
When you fail, that means that something has gone wrong. You probably had some plan to achieve your goals, and on that day your plan did not work. As difficult as it can be to do so, you need to think through what went wrong and revise your plan so that the same thing does not happen again.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allows pilots to send reports of any mistake they make while in a plane to a central database. The pilots are not punished for admitting their mistakes. The FAA then analyzes the mistakes to see if there are changes in procedures that need to be implemented. Air travel is safe because of this willingness to reset the plan. The same principle can be used to help you make your life better.
Lead me not into temptation.
One of the biggest sources of failure is the environment. It is hard to resist temptations in your world. The more you are forced to confront temptation, the more likely you are to give in.
That means that you need to seize control of your environment and structure it to make the actions you want to take easy and the actions you don’t want to take difficult. If you find that you are spending too much time each day checking your email, then close your internet browser for a few hours a day. Consider removing the email app on your smart phone.
Make it hard to do the actions you want to avoid, then, replace those actions with something else. Rather than checking your email compulsively, spend the time reading, writing or taking care of tasks at work. Rather than pulling your phone out every 10 minutes, spend time talking to people and looking around the world. Give your habit-learning system a fighting chance to learn new ways to engage with the world.
Be kind (to yourself).
Finally, remember that failure is not a sign of weakness. It is just a sign that changing your behavior is hard. When you realize that you have failed at something, you will feel bad at first. Give yourself a chance to experience the sadness or anxiety that may come along with a failure. Then, after a few hours (or perhaps a day), get back on the horse. Learn from the experience and move on.
Remember that you forgive lots of people for their mistakes. Be sure to forgive yourself as well.
I fully believe that in order to Succeed you must have some set backs. Failure is a Prerequisite for success. So when you have a set back. Deal with it. Learn from it and move on.