Pop Quiz, Monday with Mel Tempest
The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.
I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.
Can you please tell everyone your name?
What is your job role?
Health club owner and Fitness Business Influencer, Podcaster And Contrarian
Tell us about your company?
I own a large independent fitness club of 1600sqmtrs. I also host The Gym Owners’ Business Podcast, speak globally, and encourage people to live outside the square and challenge the status quo.
What do you love most about your job?
Out of everything I do, most of all I love teaching in my club and making people think big, which inspires them to develop new opportunities for themselves.
What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
Life! I am motivated just by being alive and having the great privilege of leading and inspiring others. I was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2013, which certainly gives you different perspective on life.
How do your co-workers inspire you?
Many of them are mums and dads – taking on and jumping the hurdles of everyday life to be the best role models to their children they can be, and others who look up to them for inspiration and guidance. Any individual who can do all this and run a home is inspirational to me.
How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We do a lot of teaching of classes together. We have great educational sessions, and we love to head out a few times of the year to expos and drinks! Every day in the gym is a fun day!
What are some of the challenges of your job?
In my club trying to keep the consumer happy without devaluing your service is an ongoing challenge. Within the fitness business industry, I’m trying to stomp out tall poppy syndrome.
What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
All projects come with lessons learned. Stick to what you’re good at, be aware of and acknowledge your limitations, and delegate. Delegation is an important aspect of leadership, so never be afraid to ask for help.
What advice would you give to someone who is starting out in your industry?
Find a niche, learn it back to front, and stay true to ‘you.’ Be a leader, not a follower, and always challenge the status quo. One life, one chance!
Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:
Social Links (if applicable): https://www.facebook.com/fitnessbusinessinfluencer/