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Welcome to the Fitness + Technology Podcast for club owners, operators, and fitness professionals! This show is your #1 trusted resource for the accelerating world of fitness technology. Each week, we bring you an expert interview with a global influencer at the crossroads of fitness and technology. You’ll get the insights, tools, and inspiration you need to stay connected to the pulse of what matters most for your fitness business in the age of exponential technologies. This podcast is brought to you by the Fitness Industry Technology Council, who is mobilizing resources to drive the fitness industry forward, and representing leading companies and organizations to success through collaboration. This show is supported by Vedere Ventures, a boutique investment and advisory firm helping early mature and late stage enterprises succeed in a new era. Hosted by wellness influencer and founder of Wellness Force, Josh Trent.
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May 16, 2017

For part two of our special two part episode we're exploring building a company culture in a digital world with sought after speaker, influencer, and fitness industry icon Bobby Cappuccio.

A lot of what we've been uncovering in our podcast is around the technology, wearables, and virtual platforms that are helping facilities and fitness professionals deliver exceptional service and value, but what has been a hot topic recently among trade magazines, industry shows, and in round tables is a looming question:

How can teams come together to form a culture that adopts new technology to deliver phenomenal client and customer experiences, and what is the mindset and best approach that really works from leadership?

If you've been curious about connecting the dots between data and customer engagement, our first half of this two part episode is teeing up Bobby's story of learning to use psychology and social media to deliver on culture, and in our second half, he'll bring it all together to provide more clarity on what leadership and culture means to the club in this digital world. 

Robert Cappuccio, aka Bobby Cappuccio, stands at the forefront of a life altering and ever evolving industry: wellness. He has spent the last two decades of his life pushing for not only an industry-wide but an individual to individual shift in perspective, from a solely outward focused goal oriented approach to health and fitness to a more holistic approach centered on behavioral change. A phenomenon that has helped position PTA Global (a company he co-founded) as a leader in professional fitness development. 

A best-selling author, sales, leadership, and cultural development consultant for various companies including Hilton Hotels, Virgin Active, Equinox, David Lloyd Leisure and multiple businesses nationally and abroad, Bobby travels the world impacting lives, inspiring positive change and growth in individuals and companies alike.

Listen To Episode 028 As Bobby Uncovers

  • Why "business as usual' won’t cut it in the new digital world
  • Why you can't be a people person in today’s world without technology
  • Uncovering the deeper meaning for culture: What do you want to contribute, what problem do you want to solve?
  • Creating culture: What Bobby means by "Distinction or Extinction"
  • Why you can't afford not to embrace technology
  • Mark Smith: "If we can change the culture, we can change everything." 
  • How did IBM change company culture and how does that relate to the fitness industry? 
  • How do mid-tier clubs thrive in the new digital world?
  • Knowing what to do is the the answer: 20% is knowing what to do, 80% is communicating with yourself is taking action on what you know 
  • Practical tips that make fitness leaders and Fit Pros perform better on the fitness floor and in teams
  • Emerging trends: community based wearable technology 
  • Why "micro-missions" are essential to galvanizing company culture
  • What opportunities and roadblocks does Bobby see in our industry around the intersection of technology and fitness in the next 2 years
  • Bobby on Leadership: "You have to be able to imagine a future that would not exist otherwise."

Top 3 Takeaways From The Show

  • Bobby believes that the technologies to create a robust company culture and generate real conversations with new members are already out there. It's now up to the clubs and staff to adopt it and bake it into the way they operate. What will make the difference is when a new member comes in to try the facility and we give them a program with an app downloaded from the club, where for every single day for 30 days (knowing that 30 to 90 days is our most precarious timeframe for losing members) we walk them virtually, step-by-step through a discovery in a real conversation. This is where we can use technology to truly help them identify what they really want.
  • When creating a thriving company culture in the digital and brick and mortar worlds, Bobby believes you can't afford not to engage in technology. Accept that sometimes you will create social media messages that will hit, and other times they won't. It is important to not take it personal. Don't get emotional because it's not about you, it's about what you want to contribute for other people.
  • For technology and people to work in harmony, we must have cultural transformation, not just execution.  Real culture is a galvanized when a group of people share set of beliefs and rules that create ensuing behavior patterns. 20% is knowing what to do, 80% is communicating with yourself in a way that gets you to take action on what it is that you know. That's why wellness and behavioral practices, rather than nonspecific isolated modalities, are now becoming a mega-trend.

Power Quotes From Bobby

"As a coach, presenter, and consultant of both sales management and training across our industry, I know the technology we need is out there. What will make the difference is when a new member comes in to try the facility and we give them a program with an app downloaded from your club where every single day for 30 days (knowing that 30 to 90 days is our most precarious timeframe for losing members) we walk them virtually, step-by-step through a discovery of a real conversation. This is where we can use technology to truly help them identify what they really want."  - Bobby Cappuccio on the Fitness + Technology Podcast

"Technology has changed the way we have to sell, for the better, forever. You cannot get away with some of the complete and utter rubbish we got away with 20 years ago." - Bobby Cappuccio on the Fitness + Technology Podcast

Resources Mentioned From Bobby

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