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Last week I attended a one-day training for Weight Watchers, a followup to my initial training last fall. It was awesome.
When I first took this job, I told myself (and others) that if at any time I felt like this company was not good, or I was not benefiting from it, that I would quit. The pay certainly isn’t worth it. But I have found that the deeper I go in, the more time and experience I have, the more impressed I am with this company. They really do want their members to succeed, and they are constantly searching for ways to better help them. It’s so good, really.
The theme of the training was “Facilitating Change” and while I can’t go into the teeny details of it, I will say that it was really so thoughtful and fantastic. I feel like my meetings this week really have benefited from that experience, and hopefully will continue to improve.
At one point during the training, they asked us to describe a moment when we felt like we really made a Difference in someone’s life. A lot of people (other leaders) had some pretty moving stories to tell. I felt okay about my little story, but it felt kinda … I dunno, not a big deal. But then LAST night I was at my regular meeting, and a member came up to me and said she’d had a GREAT week, had made a real change in her habits and it was because of something I’d said. And she thought about what I’d said, during her week, and it made a difference.
I swear. It brought tears to my eyes. It made me so happy. Because honestly, so often I doubt myself, and think, who am I to be doing this. How am I helping anybody. AM I helping anybody? Sometimes I am not sure. And I think I’m just standing up there going blah blah blah.
We learned that WE are supposed to talk a minimal amount, and really the meeting should be comprised of the majority of members talking, sharing, etc most of the time. I am very guilty of letting my mouth run and I have to do all sorts of things to SHUT MYSELF UP. (I am a solo performer, remember? LOL)
One funny tool we learned was to WAIT, and let members speak. And WAIT stands for: Why Am I Talking? Ha ha ha. I thought of this several times last night, and I used the physical reminder of putting my hand on my chin. (one, to assume the “thinking” pose, and two, to hold my jabbering jaw STILL!) I think it went well.
We also recently had a district-wide training on the Science of Weight Loss. Again, super impressive. I feel so lucky to be soaking in all of this great information and am eager to pass it on.
February 25, 2010 at 10:24 pm
Is WW your only job? I am a life time member but not at goal, I have always wondered what being a WW leader entails.
February 26, 2010 at 4:56 pm
Pam, no, WW is not my only job. When you reach goal, if you’re interested, check out the jobs page on WW’s website. http://www.weightwatchers.com/job/index.aspx
It entails a lot of thorough and awesome training and mentoring, getting you up to speed in a gradual way, and then coaching you along until you’re ready. It’s been a great way for me to keep my healthy goals “front and center” all the time. Seriously, I don’t know if I would’ve been able to stay at goal without this job.
February 26, 2010 at 2:24 am
So great to work for a company that is helping people and staying true to that purpose. Glad you were inspired by the session you attended!
February 26, 2010 at 8:42 am
I think I need that inspiration! I think you are awesome and am glad you feel that way because it will shine thorough in your classes.
February 26, 2010 at 5:05 pm
I’m glad to hear that WW seems to have even more integrity, the deeper you go into it. Probably like many other people, I have a reflexive suspicion of big companies and have always wondered if WW is “just in it for the money.” Good to hear that there’s more to it than that.
February 26, 2010 at 5:45 pm
I know! And if I was supicious of corporations, I was even more suspicous of CEOs. But you know, I love ours. He’s just all kinds of awesome.
February 26, 2010 at 7:20 pm
I am glad to hear that if you thought WW wasn’t the right company, you would quit. I knew one leader that stayed because she had a huge following – do you make more money if your unit sells more shit?
That being said – you make a difference and that is HUGE!
Hope you have a great weekend!
February 26, 2010 at 10:24 pm
Ha, actually you do make a TAD more money if you sell more shit, but since we get paid in peanuts it’s kind of like getting paid peanuts plus a jelly bean. But I truly don’t think most WW staff are in it for the $$ unless they are full time, and that is a HECKA lot of meetings per week.
I’d certainly be motivated to stay if I had a huge following. Right now I have a small-to-medium following (if you can call it that, it’s more like the people who need to find a meeting on Wed/Thurs nights!). I look at those leaders who have those huge meetings and I want to learn their secrets.
Although I have to say, there are some benefits to small meetings. At my smallest meeting, I do know every single person’s name, and I am able to sit and talk with many of them one on one if they need it. I know that doesn’t happen so much in the giant meetings.