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With an emphasis of supporting Pilates Professionals in 2024, Jenna Zaffino presents episode topics that marry practical business advice with real-world applications for the Pilates profession. Hungry for insider conversations? Listen to past interview episodes that explore human-related topics in the Pilates profession.
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May 11, 2023
In this episode, we dive deep into the importance of crafting a value-driven business plan. Our host Jenna Zaffino, a successful entrepreneur and business coach, shares valuable insights into how to create a business plan that aligns with your core values and mission.
 
We begin by exploring the significance of values when it comes to starting a business. We discuss how understanding your values and defining them in your business plan is critical to achieving long-term success. We then move on to the process of writing a business plan that reflects these values. You'll learn practical tips and tools for identifying your unique selling proposition, honing in on your target demographic, and crafting a mission statement that truly resonates with your audience.
 
We also discuss the importance of market analysis, including analyzing trends and competitors, to gain a clear understanding of your position in the industry. The episode also offers a comprehensive guide on how to write the marketing and sales section of your business plan.
 
We end by discussing the final components of a business plan, such as the financial section and the company description. Jenna advises on how to structure these sections in a value-driven way, emphasizing the importance of including core values throughout the document. Whether you are a first-time entrepreneur or an experienced business owner, this episode is packed with essential tips and insights for crafting a value-driven business plan that will set you up for long-term success. So, tune in and learn how to create a plan that aligns with your values and resonates with your audience.
 
The episode with Jenna's administrator, referenced in today's episode can be found HERE.
 
The book referenced is The Accidental Creative by Todd Henry
 
Apr 20, 2023

In this episode, Jenna dives deep into the challenges that movement teachers face with imposter syndrome and self doubt.  We examine the difficulties that arise from a lack of standardization in the movement teaching world and the pressure to meet unrealistic aesthetic standards in fitness. We also discuss the importance of partnership in coaching, and the benefits of going outside of the expected lines of technique. Finally, we explore the issue of impostor syndrome and the fear of being judged by peers. Tune in to gain valuable insights and learn how to free yourself from the shackles of doubt and self-judgment in the movement industry.

 

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Apr 6, 2023

Welcome to another episode of JZ Unfiltered, where we support wellness professionals in taking care of themselves both in their personal and professional lives. In this episode, we're discussing setting and maintaining boundaries. As a wellness professional, you know how important it is to take care of yourself if you want to take care of others. And yet, it can be challenging to say no or set firm boundaries when clients or colleagues ask for more than you're willing or able to give. 

Jenna shares a personal story of feeling challenged in maintaining boundaries when a client asked her to babysit. She realized that this person wasn't taking her profession seriously and was taking advantage of her kind nature. It's important to recognize when clients are crossing boundaries and to be firm in saying no to requests that don't fit within your scope of work. 

Mental and physical exhaustion are signs that you're reaching your limits and need to take a step back. Whether it's taking a break, asking for help, or setting boundaries, it's important to put your well-being first. Jena suggests reflecting on where and why you may compromise your boundaries, despite knowing that you cannot do everything. Is it pressure to please others or fear of losing clients? It's crucial to understand why you may be feeling this way so you can take steps to address those feelings and set clear boundaries moving forward.

JENNA'S LINKS

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Mar 23, 2023

In this episode, we discuss the bigger picture of how our communities and mental health are affected when we are complaining, critiquing, and gossiping.   We'll also talk about things that contribute to our need to complain.  This is a rich, empathic episode that's full of resources (and even a song!)

 

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Mar 16, 2023

This week we dive into some (passionate) considerations for those who are getting ready to open a studio or start a business.  This episode is like a whole workshop - get ready to take notes! 

 

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Mar 9, 2023

In the first part of this two part series, we discuss what it feels like to be done with owning a studio.  Jenna maps out a big-themed plan of tips and considerations for next step.  In the next episode, we'll explore what it's like to be at the beginning of your journey of studio ownership - just to keep the scales balaneced : 

 

Be sure to check out the links below to pre-order Jenna's e-book and join the waitlist for the Build Your Specialty Program Intensive. 

JENNA'S LINKS

Pre-Order Jenna's E Book

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JZ Private Coaching

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JZ Studio Clinics

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Mar 2, 2023

In this Teachable Moments episode, Jenna pays homage to March Matness, why it took off like wildfire and is still going strong and discusses a recent marketing lesson about bringing female gifts to the table in a world that is often dominated by male strategies. 

 

Jenna's Resources: 

Craft A Client Pathway Mini Course

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Feb 23, 2023

In this Expert Chat, we speak with Functional Medicine Dr and Clinical Nutritionist, Dr. Gina Sirchio-Lotus.  We dive deep into nutrition, supplementation, gut health and the stress effects of the pandemic.  This is absolutely one to take notes on! 

 

Dr Gina's Resources:

Gina's Instagram

 

Jenna's Resources: 

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JZ Studio Library Cards

JZ Studio Clinics

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Feb 16, 2023

In this episode, we explore the negative aspects of being "nice" in a session and how they can become obstacles to our client's learning progress.  

 

Jenna's Resources: 

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JZ MVT PRO COMMUNITY

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Feb 9, 2023

We're thrilled to welcome Rina Raphael to the podcast this week for a chat about her book (which is a fan fave in the JZ Movement Pro Community) The Gospel Of Wellness!

Rina is a business journalist who covers health, wellness, tech, and women's issues. She contributes to publications such as Fast Company magazine, The New York Times, L.A. Times, Men's Health, and more. Her industry newsletter Well To Do examines the latest wellness trends. She is the author of The Gospel of Wellness, an exploration and critique of the wellness industry, its role in women's lives, the forces that gave rise to the phenomenon—and could ultimately bring it down (Henry Holt / Macmillan, Sept. 2022).

 

Connect With Rina: 

Website & Book Orders

LinkedIn

 

Jenna's Resources: 

The Pilates Comprehensive Clinic Registration & Info

JZ Mvt Pro Community

 

Feb 2, 2023

In this episode we discuss the element of "quiet quitting" happening in many workplaces and how it applies to working with clients.  Jenna also shares strategies to help navigate through this common experience. 

 

Jenna's Resources: 

JZ Private Coaching

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JZ Studio Clinics

JZ MVT PRO COMMUNITY

Jan 26, 2023

It's part II of my conversation with Kyle Georgina Marsh and this time we took it one step further to unpack what happens "after the rant."  We talk about scenarios for revising language, having meaningful and informative conversations with clients and what it means to revise in the moment. 

 

Hope you enjoy! 

If you are interested in joining me for a Community Chat, please fill out this form: 

I want to chat with Jenna

 

Ways To Connect With Kyle: 

www.KyleGeorginaMarsh.com 
www.trueiiform.com 
Instagram: @KyleGeorginaPilates

 

Jenna's Resources: 

JZ Studio Library Cards

JZ Studio Clinics

JZ MVT PRO COMMUNITY

Jan 19, 2023

In the first episode of the new year, Jenna is joined by Kyle Georgina Marsh, co-founder of True II Form Pilates and Wellness, an online Pilates-based fitness studio.   The duo roll with conversations surrounding power dynamics in the classroom, giving yourself permission to ask questions and commiting to encouraging our colleagues to do the same.  The convo was so rich, we kept it going for a second episode - stay tuned next week for Part II! 

Ways To Connect With Kyle: 

www.KyleGeorgingaMarsh.com 
www.trueiiform.com 
Instagram: @KyleGeorginaPilates

 

Jenna's Resources: 

JZ Studio Library Cards

JZ Studio Clinics

JZ MVT PRO COMMUNITY

Nov 24, 2022

On the eve of a holiday where gratitude is the theme, Jenna speaks with Troy Anderson, founder and International Director of Speak Up For The Poor, an organization that sponsors the education of 1,560 girls in 35 villages and urban communities in the Khulna area of western Bangladesh. These girls are predominantly Dalits, descendants of the Hindu untouchables, or very poor Muslim girls. They are among the poorest and most marginalized people in an already impoverished country and without intervention can suffer unimaginable fates.  

In this episode, we discuss the founding of Speak Up, the great advocacy and activism work they've been able to accomplish over the years and Jenna shares her experience of being a long-time sponsor of students within their GEP program. 

A note from Jenna:

In expanding our content to humanitarian issues and ways to help, I hope that we as movement professionals remember that we are humans first, teachers second and when we pool our resources together, we can create great impact across the world. 

To sponsor a student or make a donation, visit https://www.speakupforthepoor.org/

To contact Troy directly, email him at tanderson@speakupforthepoor.org

 
 
JZ Unfiltered Resources:
 
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Jenna's Website
Nov 3, 2022

Learn about the concept of the "Prison of Specialness" and how we can inadvertently become involved in professional situations that cause us to lose our autonomy. 

 

JZ Unfiltered Resources:
 
JZ MVT PRO COMMUNITY INFO & APPLICATION
 
Jenna's Website
 
GURU ARTICLE
Oct 28, 2022
Jenna opens the show with advice for the season, a special shout out, and a list of some GREAT books to add to your library. 
 
Then, in our expert chat, she speaks with lawyer, Cory Sterling of Conscious Counsel, who's primary focus is supporting movement pros!  Cory and Jenna have a ROBUST conversation that covers considerations for insurance, contracts, licenses and more!
 
You'll definitely want to take notes on this one! 
 
Scroll for a list of both free resources from Cory.  

Cory's Resources:
Cory's Website:
https://consciouscounsel.ca/
 
Free Wellness  Legal Checklist
https://consciouscounsel.pages.ontraport.net/wellnesschecklist

Free Pilates  Legal Checklist
https://consciouscounsel.pages.ontraport.net/pilateschecklist

Free Pilates Workbook
https://consciouscounsel.pages.ontraport.net/pilateslegalworkbook
 
 
JZ Unfiltered Resources:
 
Fall With Grace Challenge
 
JZ MVT PRO COMMUNITY INFO & APPLICATION
 
Jenna's Website
 
Books & Resources In This Episode: 
 
The Joy of Sweat
 
The Gospel Of Wellness 
 
The Book Of Boundaries 
 
 
 
Oct 20, 2022

In our first miniature TTFT (Tasty Teaching Food For Thought) episode, Jenna discusses the concept of Movement Affinities and how they can help you better approach your client's sessions.  We'll discuss the concept and you'll receive a simple assignment to put into your client practice right away.

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Oct 13, 2022

Last week's episode with Ashlen Hilliard brought about lots of response fro our community as well as many feels from JZ.  In this episode, we discuss the origins of resentment, how they relate to burnout and how to set boundaries that help.  Also we breathe a lot with trains....because abusive power dynamics? 

Listen to Episode 12 for context and be sure to connect with JZ @ coachjz@jennazaffino.com

LINKS

How to connect with Cult Interventionist, Ashlen Hilliard:

 

https://www.peopleleavecults.com/

https://linktr.ee/peopleleavecults

https://www.instagram.com/peopleleavecults/

https://www.facebook.com/peopleleavecults

https://www.linkedin.com/company/people-leave-cults-llc/

Email address: ahilliard@peopleleavecults.com

The Book Of Boundaries By Melissa Urban

 

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Oct 6, 2022
DO YOU KNOW IF… 
 
You’ve experienced coercive control, undue influence, authoritarian environments or power dynamics that are problematic? In this episode I share an expert chat from the JZ Mvt Pro Community with People Leave Cults founder Ashlen Hilliard.
 
We'll learn aspects of power dynamics that can be present and harmful and/or may hold the potential to become harmful without the right support systems in place.  We'll also hear about cultic dynamics, coercive control and what we can do if we've been victimized by those in power.  If you've been affected by any of these issues, please scroll down for resources.

These expert chats are held live within the JZ Mvt Pro Community and are a part of one’s membership. We aim to create a space for learning and unlearning with experts both in an outside of the movement profession. 
 
Large Group Awareness Trainings (LGATs)

Large Group Awareness Training (brief overview article)

Presentation: "MIND FIXERS: The History of Mass Therapy With its Roots in Mind Dynamics Institute, Misuse of Zen Insights, and Hyping the Positive Thinking of New Thought Religion." (Joseph Kelly, Joseph Szimhart, Patrick Ryan)


The title for this presentation, “MIND FIXERS: The History of Mass Therapy With its Roots in Mind Dynamics Institute, Misuse of Zen Insights, and Hyping the Positive Thinking of New Thought Religion,” covers a vast arena for specialized workshops that range from one day to several weeks. Borrowing techniques from encounter group formats, military boot camp training, and the mindfulness movements, these specialized groups operate as unregulated mass therapy businesses and are not licensed as mental health professions. The stated purpose of these “large group awareness training” is to increase self-realization and success in life. The outcomes, however, are problematic with some critics claiming that a form of “brainwashing” is taking place that emphasizes promotion of the workshops while any real-life gains are highly questionable. Some participants report psychological and social harm. The speakers will guide a discussion to address the criticisms.

 
Readings
Cult Recovery Readings
From CultRecovery101.com
 
How to connect with Cult Interventionist, Ashlen Hilliard:
 
https://www.peopleleavecults.com/
https://linktr.ee/peopleleavecults
https://www.instagram.com/peopleleavecults/
https://www.facebook.com/peopleleavecults
https://www.linkedin.com/company/people-leave-cults-llc/

Email address: ahilliard@peopleleavecults.com
 
 

LINKS

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Join The Teach From The Heart FREE Affirmation Immersion

Aug 25, 2022

We're back for a Fall season with a series of Expert Chats that kicks off with James Crader!  Not only is James a good friend & colleague, he also brings a breadth and depth to the movement space that I believe offers us all permission to be more ALIVE in our work. In the excerpt from the longer session, we talk about the roller coaster ride of the movement professional's career along with what it means to be truly human-centered in your teaching. 

With the new format of JZ Unfiltered, you'll receive topic-based episodes from Jenna, co-hosted episodes from members of the movement teaching community, and short-form excerpts of the Expert Chats that happen in the JZ Mvt Pro Community. 

Live attendance as well as full-length recorded Expert Chat episodes are available exclusively for members of the community.  There are also currently over 100 guest episodes of Pilates Unfiltered to enjoy on your favorite podcast platform, free of charge. 

The intention for this shift is to bring you audio & video experiences that help form connections amongst peers.  The ability to invite more voices into the conversation in an organized space/virtually is an important step in expanding our professional network. 

Thank you to all who have joined the community thus far and know that the doors are wide open for you, too! 

 

LINKS

James Crader Dot Com

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May 6, 2022
It's a Long-form episode to round out the last 10 before I take a summer break and prepare for an interview series to launch in the fall. We're talking about the shelf-life of a fitness pro, body changes, the leap from self-criticism to self-love and the real-talk behind it all. 

Content Warning: Body Image, Disordered Eating, Aging, Body Ideals are all discussed in this episode.  In addition, I share a story about a rabbit being attacked by my dog.  If this content feels like it won't serve you're well being, please skip this episode.

Resources:

Aesthetic Labour Study

LINKS

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Mar 24, 2022

In this episode, we discuss the concept of "role incredulity," which is defined in the following way: 

Role incredulity is a form of gender bias where women are mistakenly assumed to be in a support or stereotypically female role — a secretary, assistant, or nurse — rather than a leadership or stereotypically male role, such as CEO, lawyer, or doctor. Harvard Business Review

This topic is so important in the age of GURU-ISM and especially in the fitness/wellness realm.  It will challenge you to investigate some of the ways you are celebrating the masters without investigating if their actions truly align with your values. 

It's definitely an episode that will stoke your progressive fire! 

 

LINKS

Join The End Of Month Recall

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Join The Teach From The Heart FREE Affirmation Immersion

 

 

Mar 10, 2022

TW - This episode is an emotional deep dive and covers the topics of body dismorphia, disordered eating, alcoholism, abusive teaching/coaching techniques, and infertility.  If you are in a space where listening to these stories would be triggering, please skip this episode.  

For those who listen, my deepest gratitude. I hope we can all learn from these shares and start the important conversations that are LONG overdue.  

xx JZ 

References: 

Devotions by Mary Oliver

LINKS

Register For The Jumpboard Clinic

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Join The Teach From The Heart FREE Affirmation Immersion

 

 

Feb 24, 2022

We're diving deep into the concept of Broken Wing Syndrome and how it applies to our client relationships, teacher training relationships and even the industry at large.  This one is juicy! (and there's a little singing too)

References: 

Broken Wing Syndrome (“BWS”) refers to non-resilient individuals, and specifically to those working in a family business, where their weaknesses (broken wings) attract well-meaning support from parents and other family members, in ways that are inappropriate, and ultimately unhelpful, to the family and the business. - Family Business United

The persistent need to help those who are damaged and broken, whether they ask for help or not. Also, the undeniable attraction that those who are damaged and broke have towards you. - Imperfectly Edie Blog

 

This weeks GREEN🚦: 

Julie Wiebe PT

Vivo Movie

This weeks RED🚦:

The name Washer Woman - Let me hear your new ones!

LINKS

Register For The Jumpboard Clinic

Join The JZ Community

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Join My Text Community

Join The Teach From The Heart FREE Affirmation Immersion

Feb 10, 2022

In this week's episode, we talk about the condition of "Adult Disappointment" and how, when we are disappointed with a human who was supposed to be there to help us, we are allowed to feel grateful for the learning we received and also....disappointed in the ways they chose to behave.  Listen in for some relateable stories, train breathing 😂  and tips to move forward. 

References: 

Small Business Boss Podcast - DUPED

Mike Birbiglia's Mention of Pilates 🤦  - The mention happens at 44:15

This weeks GREEN🚦: 

The Witcher On Netflix

This weeks RED🚦:

Not Knowing Pilates History/Pilates has a branding problem - This is not what you think... 

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Join The JZ Community

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