Yesterday afternoon I successfully completed the WW Basic Leader Skills training and assessment and I want to share a few things from this experience with you. I was in a group of 16 WW leader hopefuls and 4 outstanding trainers. At times the process was nerve racking (you have 10 minutes to prepare your opening for your meeting and then present it), colorful (we were given markers with scents), delightful (conversation, down time, great meals) and even a bit like Hell week of a sorority initiation. I came home exhausted but grinning from ear to ear.
I am not sure if all of us made it, we didn't discuss it, but I feel comfortable assuming not all of us did. The leaders that came out of that training session will be outstanding leaders partly because of the trainers and the process but also because of their journey and experience. You will be grateful to be in any one of their classes.
The 16 of us had a total weight loss in excess of 800 pounds. It tickled me to be the "biggest loser". We bonded as a group and I am sure lifetime friendships were born in this training. So I would ask you to give us a try when a new meeting is offered especially if we are not who you expect to see when you walk into your meeting. Over the next week or so each of us must complete 4 mentoring sessions with a leader trainer. Our last session will attended by our territory manager and she will have the final say as to whether or not we will be leaders. Please encourage us by participating in our classes. Listen to the questions we ask and the brief personal experiences we share. Enjoy our flip charts knowing that we are not artists and are doing our best. We will do our very best to give you the kind of meeting you deserve and help you to be as successful as we have been so that one day perhaps you will want to be a leader. Finally, take a minute to lets us know if there was something that you heard in the meeting from us or another member that made a difference for you that day. We would appreciate it. Be patient with us as we get our legs and find our voice.
I promise to do my very best to HEAR you, to LISTEN to you and to help you find your way. I will facilitate (rather than lead) YOUR class and it will be about YOU and YOUR needs and not about me!