Over the last month I have blogged about the importance of building relationships with potential new clients in order to get their commitment, the importance of focusing on booking complimentary sessions and how to get those complimentary sessions booked over the phone. You have the info you need…right? You are close! Now you just need to know how to conduct that complimentary first session so that you can get a 80% or higher closing ratio like we do here at Northwest Personal Training.
Let’s imagine you’re on the market for a hot, new vehicle – a convertible sports car. Would you make the investment without a test-drive? No way. You’ve got to get a feel for it. How does it ride? Does it handle the corners well? How fast does it go from 0 to 60? Does it satisfy all your needs? Do you look good in it? These are all important questions that need to be answered before you start dishing out the cash!
Why would personal training or a fitness membership be any different? Most people in the market for personal training are confused about what personal training is all about. Many people may think that in order to work with you they have to see a trainer 3x/week. They may not understand your group training or fitness club membership options. Most people just aren’t aware of all the personal training options and may honestly believe that personal training is only for the rich and famous. Offering a complimentary Personal Training session to all new or potential clients, allows you the opportunity to service new clients and also gives you the opportunity to educate a potential client and a trainer to “strut their stuff”. If you thoroughly impress potential clients, these sessions can open up long-term relationships.
Here are some tips for conducting your complimentary sessions:
- Always be prepared – here are the forms we always have ready to go
- Client Information Questionnaire (that was pre-filled out)
- Our Client Resource Folder
- This demonstrates to the client that you have spent some time preparing for this initial session. Our CSRs prepare a generic folder. And our trainers are to individually include bio, business card and 3 educational articles.
- Trainer’s Folder with Client Info: This is the file folder where a trainer will keep all pertinent information on a particular client. Before the first session, a trainer will need to have one of these folders. You can have already filled out the client’s goals etc. in this folder to look even more prepared.
- Have a structured plan (down to the minute) on how the session will go. For example, first 0-5 min for greeting and tour. Minutes 5-12 give client resource folder and discuss client information questionnaire, 10 min for initial fitness assessment, last 10 min for closing the sale etc.
- Know all of the different options available to clients and make a recommendation.
- Practice and know how to over come objections
- Know how you will end the session and how the client will sign up with you – will a Customer Service Rep sign them up or will you? Make sure this process is quick and seamless!
Watch this video for more tips and tricks on how to conduct a 1st Session with a Prospective New Client:
I go into detail on:
- the structured schedule we use for our complimentary session
- give scripts for closing the sale
- how we conduct a fitness assessment that both helps the client and leads to getting their commitment
- how we ask for the sale and our process for signing up new clients ….
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