Happy Easter! It has been a while since I have posted so let me explain where I have been. In my last entry I shared that I had been hired to be a Weight Watchers leader but this is not something you just start doing; there is training and more training! Weight Watchers leaders and receptionists are a team and so all leaders learn how to be receptionists before they learn the ins and outs of being a WW leader. This is what has taken up my free time. I have now had 3 receptionists training sessions and done a 2 1/2 hour online training session. Tomorrow night I will again step into the unfamiliar roll of receptionist at a meeting in York, SC. I say unfamiliar because I never could have imagined all of the work the receptionists do for a meeting. I stand in awe of the ease with which they accomplish all of their tasks. I am much more familiar with what the leader must do having sat on this side of the room as a member for fifteen years with numerous leaders. I am eager to begin my leader training but also understand the need to know the receptionist position. My training continues....
I went to my regular meeting on Saturday morning and smiled when I saw the leader who had been there for me as I lost the final pounds and reached my goal. She cried with me when I told about completing my first half marathon and compared it to my WW experience. She cried again with me the day I shared my letter to the weight I had lost with my WW meeting, and she cried again the day I reached goal. She was not the leader of the meeting the day I made Lifetime but she had kept up with me and sure enough she was there with her camera the morning I became a Lifetime member. This is the kind of leader I hope to be. I want to know my members by name, without a name tag. I want to help them get started on their journey, encourage them when they stumble, pick them up again and again if I need to and help them find their way and most importantly cheer for them each and every time they have a victory. Thank you Mary Bell!
"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way." John C. Maxwell
I am on my way and I am ready!