In the beginning of the summer we added a new intern to the team, our first one ever! Chuck has done a great job here at TBBC, we couldn’t have asked for more. He did everything from marketing, video editing, video producing and many other great projects. We all miss Chuck at TBBC, our next interns will have big shoes to fill. Below is Chucks blog about the 5 things he learned while interning here…
5 Things that I’ve learned from TBBC
In my short time interning at TBBC, I’ve been extremely fortunate to work with such a tremendously caring and hardworking staff. While here I was able to pick up on different tactics that should be understood by anyone who is going into a business world. Some of these things I’ve known before from previous jobs and school but was heavily reinforced during my time at TBBC.
1) Communication – By this I mean between everyone in the company, not just between me the intern and a supervisor. It’s always great to have the face to face interaction but when that’s not an option something as simple as Mind Body software was a great substitute for communicating with each other to get tasks done. Another great point for communication is so that everyone can improve. For example if you don’t like the way someone is going about something it’s better to discuss and talk it out rather than let this stuff just linger around. Once that happens it becomes almost like a poison to the business and is just creates an uncomfortable environment and lower efficiency.
2) Family Atmosphere – This was the first thing I noticed. From the second I came in for my first day of the internship everyone who works here was just genuinely nice and really seem to want to help everyone out from the clients to the intern. Having this is only going to help to grow your business. Having the right crew and with everyone being on the same page is only going to improve your product and have people keep coming back for more. Everyone brings a certain skill and no two people are alike. With me, my thing I feel like I’ve been able to contribute to TBBC is my video and editing skills, and being able to help with marketing and promotions. It really made me feel like I was helping out and actually a part of something big here.
3) A Big Vision with smaller goals – One day Billy hopes to turn TBBC into, as he puts it “The Fitness Mecca of LI.” He wants to implement a bigger internship and corporate fitness program, world class training and events, and reliable and steady career opportunities. Right now, he understands that in order to get to accomplish any of that big stuff we have to focus on the little things right now. That could be finding out different ways to advertise whether it is on the internet with the use of social media or by printing door hangers and going straight to the potential client’s homes and leaving our message there. He understands hiring the right people who can make this goal happen too.
4) The little things – They matter an enormous amount. Whether it was just straitening up the weights, helping to lay the grass turf outside, or vacuuming the team training areas up and downstairs, I feel like this little stuff help us in a big way. It shows the clients that we care and also shows them that were willing to work on little tedious things which can give off the impression that we are willing to walk the extra mile. Going the Extra Mile is one of the TBBC core values! As someone who is an intern right now I also kind of view these small little tasks as the stepping stones to bigger and vaster responsibility. Because if you are not willing to put in any time or effort in helping out the appearance of a business why would Billy or any other business supervisor want to trust me with anything bigger?
5) Culture – TBBC is a group of people all working together to reach the same goal, which is to help other people achieve their fitness goals. What makes this different and separates it from number 2 is that it’s a whole set of doing things. We don’t refer to first assessments and work outs as assessments even though that’s what they technically are. We refer to them as Starting Points. Just the name itself sounds less boring and more like something to get excited over, like you were beginning a great big journey of some sort, which you kind of are. Same thing with weekly or monthly assessments. Still the same where a trainer would meet with a client to discuss how they are progressing but at TBBC we call them On Points. Another great aspect of the culture is that all the trainers are on the same page with the workouts and exercises, but what I think is really great is that if I have no clue what the workout is the trainers have no problem explaining and demonstrating what it is!
I can’t believe my time interning at TBBC went so fast. I will take these valuable lessons with me wherever I go. I’m not exactly sure what the future holds but whatever it is, I will be more prepared due to my time at TBBC.
If you have any doubt about #2 or #4, check out this video I produced for TBBC.