For the second year in a row, Beachbody held a New Leader Conference (otherwise known as the NLC) for up and coming leaders in the company. You had to be a new 2-Star Diamond or above coach and receive a certain amount of elite points. These points come from helping your coaches achieve success. When I set this goal for myself, I knew there would be a lot of work that went into it to reach before the deadline. When I officially rank advanced to 2-Star Diamond on New Years Eve, it was an amazing sense of accomplishment. I was so PROUD of my team. I was so PROUD of what we had accomplished. I was so excited to get an exclusive invitation for this conference to learn and grow to become a better leader for our team. Team Fit & Focused is ready for an amazing year…it could not have started in a better way!
I had the privilege of working towards this goal with two incredible friends and coaches. Erica and Nicole helped push me to reach this goal and when I didn’t believe in myself, they did. It was an honor to attend this conference with these two women. I couldn’t imagine going with anyone else…they made this experience even better.
We arrived at the NLC on Wednesday. Our only commitment that day was to tour Beachbody Headquarters, so we decided to stay in Santa Monica Wednesday night. It was my very FIRST time in California, so I was so excited to see the beach and explore with the little extra time we had. We stayed right by the Pier…it was GORGEOUS!! When we left Pittsburgh it was 7 degrees. We were quite spoiled with 60’s and 70’s in CA.
The tour of Beachbody Headquarters was of course INCREDIBLE! As a coach I know the company’s values are amazing. You can tell as an employee of Beachbody, you are treated very well and everyone LOVES working there. We were able to see all the different departments, the gyms, their kitchens (of course stocked with Shakeology 😊), etc. Being a coach means you are the CEO of your own business….you are an entrepreneur. But you represent this company…seeing the headquarters just made it all more REAL and of course made me admire what the company has done, does everyday, and continues to work towards even more.
Day 2 was the day we moved to the hotel where the conference was located…the Hyatt Regency in LA. We were of course spoiled with goodies from Beachbody including a 22 Minute Hard Corps t-shirt, backpack, water bottle, hat and scarf (came in handy to return to the Pittsburgh weather 😁), Energize Performance Line packets, and a blanket.
The first General Session began that afternoon. It opened up with the CEO of the company, Carl Daikeler. I always LOVE to hear him speak. I’ve been fortunate to hear him speak many times, including twice in Pittsburgh. His message was amazing…he stressed the importance of our focus being to enhance and revolutionize people’s lives. To NEVER put the financial opportunity first. To be REAL and AUTHENTIC. To never leave your heart with this business. Wealth creation is possible when you solve a problem for someone. Our primary focus should be to serve others. To help solve a problem for them. His message to be RELENTLESS with the intent of creating value in people’s lives spoke to me. Every time I hear Carl speak, I am reminded of what an incredible company Beachbody is and why I do what I do.
The General Session continued with more representatives from corporate, Jon Congdon (President), Jeff Hill (EVP Global Sales), and Michael Neimand (EVP Network Marketing). The first General Session closed with 12-Star Elite Coach, Michelle Myers. She described herself as “Beachbody Old” being in the company since 2008, but there was nothing old about her! Her presentation was amazing, and she provided us all with some valuable information about leading with service and having a strong work ethic. Michelle stressed the importance of leading with a sense of purpose and what we stand for, NOT what we sell. Again, PROUD to be a coach and what we all stand for!
After the first General Session, there was a Welcome Reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks. We got to mingle with coaches from all over the country, Carl Daikeler, Tony Horton, corporate sales reps, etc. The atmosphere was awesome….part of it was inside in the bar/lounge area and part of it was outside on the patio. It was a perfect evening and a perfect first day to the NLC!
Of course the following morning we had no problems getting up bright and early, especially since we were still on Eastern time!! We got to watch the sunrise from our balcony!! We also got a chance to workout with Tony Horton and preview his new program, 22 Minute Hard Corps, coming out in March! It was a killer workout!! This is going to be a fantastic program. It was so fun to be one of the first to get a sneak peek!!
Day 3 General Sessions started with the #1 Coach in the network, Melanie Mitro. Her first presentation was about developing a recruiting culture. She gave some fabulous information about attracting the right people to your business. I can’t wait to put into action some of the plans she taught us. We heard from some more corporate sales reps, Arnauld Nakaha and Doug Moss, the Chief Legal Officer, Jonathan Gelfand, and another Top 10 Coach, #5 Bonnie Engle. She spoke to us a lot about the success she had in one single year. She was at the NLC last year as a brand new 2-Star Diamond Coach…basically the same spot I am in. Bonnie gave some really great advice on how to set your coaches up for success. Then we heard from corporate sales reps, Jeff Mathewson and Craig Colyar, about the Team Cup coming up next month. This is a friendly little competition with a group of five coaches to work together to build your businesses and earn some fun prizes along the way! We broke for lunch on the beautiful patio! California weather is gorgeous!!
General Session #2 on Day 3 opened up with another presentation from Melanie Mitro. This time she spoke about Time Management and making the most of your time. She is a WAHM with two boys almost the same ages as Jordan and Ashlyn. I could totally relate to her schedule and how she does things. It was just what I needed to hear as I am still adjusting to working from home. I LOVE doing it, but it’s been tricky trying to figure out working time, family time, etc.
We heard more from the Senior Director Field Development, Cim Carver, about success through the fundamentals. I loved his racing references 😊 We got a chance to ask some questions to all three of the top coaches presenting, Michelle, Melanie, and Bonnie, during a Coach Panel. There were so many awesome takeaways! Jeff Hill closed out the General Session with a presentation on leadership. He spoke a lot about taking yourself in the direction you want to go and taking people with you by showing them what to do. Jeff was so passionate at the end of his presentation he was getting a little choked up. He closed with the importance of leaving your mark and leaving impressions on people. Again reminding us that this is a people business where people are always put first. LOVE.WHAT.I.DO! ❤️
We had another amazing closing dinner! After dinner we split up into our regions and got to interact with the coaches in our area and the corporate sales reps assigned to our area, Lacy Larson, Jeff Pearson, and Jeff Mathewson. I’m really excited as a 2-Star Diamond Coach to now have the support from corporate to help grow my business, help my coaches, and grow our team. We had some fun with a little team building activity!
Oh and the fun DID NOT STOP there!! Due to Snowstorm Jonas, we got STUCK in CA for an extra day! We decided to make the best of it with a Hollywood and Beverly Hills Tour and dinner back in Santa Monica!
Overall this was an AMAZING experience! This event is SO worth qualifying for!! I feel blessed and honored to have been invited to this New Leader Conference. Every single time I go to a Beachbody event, I feel motived, even more passionate, and ready to CHANGE SOME LIVES!! This was by far the BEST event yet!! The goal of the NLC is to create 2016 Elite Coaches. The connections I have made, the people I have in my corner, and the positive environment I work in on a daily basis is setting Team Fit & Focused up for a FANTASTIC year! I cannot wait to take what I have learned from the NLC and help my coaches grow their businesses!