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What I learned from screwing up my interview with Lesley Logan (Profitable Pilates)

What I learned from screwing up my interview with Lesley Logan (Profitable Pilates)

Lesley Logan’s name has been on my wall for a little while now because firstly I love how she shows up in the world and secondly because I’ve been busy working away to create an interview series around self-mastery, planning and creativity.

I have been wanting to do this Interview series for such a long time even though it’s also something that scares the hell out of me! I had put hours of prep work into this interview with Lesley and ended up being a crazy combination of nervous and excited at the same time. So much so that I forgot to press record! and didn't realise until i went back to edit the video!

To say I was devastated and embarrassed was an understatement! 

I’m sure Mr Pilates himself could hear me screaming profanity after profanity up in Pilates heaven!

So in the spirit of being vulnerable and sharing my failures so others may (or may not) get something out of it. Here is a snapshot of my biggest takeaways from my conversation with Lesley Logan. 

The biggest thing I learned from screwing this interview up was a lot like the things I've learnt in my teaching journey: 

Don't overplan! Yes I needed to be prepared but to be a really good interviewer (which is fucking hard) the most important thing I could do was be fully present, to listen and follow my curiosity to see what would unfold! And finally to be grounded and confident in who I am.

After all I'm just a human having a conversation with another human! 

p.s I did get another chance to chat with Lesley which I will be sharing with you all soon!

14 things I learnt from my Interview with Lesley Logan from Profitable Pilates 

  1. It’s just Pilates. Don’t take it so seriously.
  2. Pilates needs to be in your body first and foremost before you teach it!
  3. Listen to your body and what it needs. Be honest with that, don’t force it.
  4. Follow your fear.
  5. Figure out what helps you unplug and do more of it.
  6. Do stuff that’s not Pilates!
  7. Don’t borrow other people’s goals and version of success. Get super clear about what you want and what your version of success is.  
  8. Define what your definition of ‘doing a good job’ is. Define what your definition of being a ‘better’ teacher is. We often just say those things without thinking about what it means to us.
  9. Figure out who is in your front row. In other words who is in your ‘inner circle’ and are you listening to these people or are you listening to people in the ‘cheap seats’ who’s opinions don’t really matter to you and who don’t understand your goals.
  10. Then take action and tell those people in your front row that there opinion really does matter. Give them permission to give you honest feedback. Be vulnerable, share what your goals are and why you do what you do.
  11. Don’t talk so much! Get good at being quite when you teach.
  12. Teach from your gut. You don’t always need to give a reason to teach a particular exercise. Let the instructions/exercises just flow out from you without overthinking it.
  13. Find a class or a teacher that makes you feel excited about turning up to do your own self practice.
  14. Schedule in your workouts and time for you first and foremost. Don’t get into a habit of changing this for people. 

Lesley was kind enough to sit down with me while she was about to run one of her retreats in Cambodia. Its for both students of Pilates and Pilates Instructors. She has another few retreats coming up in Cambodia and Maui this year which look amazing! You can find out more here

Here are some of my favourite blog posts of Lesley's that may also inspire you! Lesley also has a great video around Self Care on Pilates Anytime you should check out here.

Teaching Pilates Part time
How to work on exercises you hate
Ditching the Churn-Tips on Client Retention
You Can Do Anything, But

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