I've been in the fitness game for sometime now, well, I've been apart of life for a sometime now. If you're living, if you're interacting with people on the daily, if you're doing anything in life. You are in the sales and customer service business in one way or another. I never liked the term 'selling myself' or 'serving' others, but they are two of the most rewarding things you can do.
When I first started out, I had no idea what I was doing. Don't get me wrong I was a good trainer, but I didn't know how to sell what I did, or even talk to people when I wasn't training them. I started to get great at sales and over polite customer service. Having been taught I guess 'immoral sales tactics' (this person buys a gym membership or they don't leave etc) and being a 'yes man' to peoples complaints and life problems. I found I wasn't being true to myself.
What I found I was doing because of this was not living up to my full potential, knowing that I wasn't doing the right thing for customers and myself (some of the time) this led to a lack in confidence, a less then desirable income and some questionable actions outside the gym.
Long story short I started being the real me, talking how I talk, acting how I act. Teaching people positive and productive lessons from my not so productive past. While some people didn't like this 'unfiltered' me, that didn't matter. Because my real relationships with people improved ten fold , my business took off and I believed in myself and others I felt I and my clients could do just about anything.
Its crazy in a world where we are told to be ourselves, and then judged for it?
I found just being me whether people like it or not, was the best thing I ever did. Now when I say me , the loud mouth , swearing , heavily tattood weight lifter, thats just part of me. If that's part of you , then cool - we will probably get along. But if its not, that's cool to. I won't judge you for it.
In fact I encourage you to do, be and say who you are.