Attributes of a Tennis Professional
Emily Brathen identifies five attributes to look for in a Tennis Professional.
There may be many reasons why a tennis club is thriving. From its location, the lush amenities, down to all the personnel who you mingle with every day, this list could go on, but consider the importance of how efficient the club's tennis professionals are.
Tennis professionals do more than just coach tennis. Their place in the club's operations is so integral that without them, a club's long list of perks could easily be negated. And so, it is crucial that the tennis professionals that you hire only come with the best traits.
But just what are these traits that you must be looking for? Today, we are revealing five of the most vital traits your tennis professionals must possess.
Tennis professionals are interacting with virtually all of the club's members, and so they should possess effective communication skills. Ultimately, you may want to have a tennis professional that understands your club's culture and express them with panache and proficiency.
Like all of your employees, a tennis professional should also understand the importance of communicating, be it during a meeting or interacting with the club's members.
Problems or situations are inherent in any business, so your tennis professional should possess sound problem-solving skills. They should be able to handle potential situations, e.g. managing a pushy parent who intrudes on his or her child's lessons or tension among staff members.
During the interview, it is suggested that you ask the candidate how they would curtail or manage issues at your club. Inadvertently, you may also inquire if they were able to resolve an issue in the past and how they did it.
A club is ultimately a business, and so if a tennis professional does not have good budgeting skills, there may be some potential issues on the horizon. Chief of which is their inability to maintain a budget relative to the club's provision on its members' wants. You must hire someone who is armed with good budgeting skills.
A tennis professional who has good budgeting skills may indicate a willingness to join the club's business management team.
Programming or Social Skills
A tennis club is a "social" enterprise. All employees and club members are all bound to get together, and without adequate social skills, your business will fade into the background.
Your tennis professional must not only have the gusto to serve your clients but also demonstrate a desire to mingle with everyone. As such, they must be creative enough to come up with fresh ideas that get the members and the employees alike to be motivated to play tennis.
Naturally, your tennis professional must be adept in all things tennis. And yes, we are talking about their abilities to teach tennis in a technical sense. These abilities can vary from their knowledge about the best tennis racquet for intermediate and advanced players down to their competence in playing the actual sport.
Ensure that the tennis pro is "certified" or is willing to become certified as they take advantage of continuing their educational opportunities while at work. Beyond these competencies, your tennis professional should also have the attributes of commitment and credibility of being a well-rounded employee.
As tennis clubs are a business at the core, they must not only be impressive players and coaches but are also equipped with these traits. Without them, your club's ambition to succeed could fail.
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About the Author
Emily Brathen is the founder of BodyShape101.com, a blog where she and her associates talk about exercise, fitness, and yoga. They aim to help people like you achieve the perfect body. BodyShape101 is concentrated on exercise & fitness tips and making the most out of them. She is also a mother of one, and she tries to find a balance between her passion and her biggest joy in life.
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