Filex 2019 Highlight
This year, it is impossible for me to decide on just one highlight…so I’m going to share my 2 highlights!
The Business Summit brings together the industry’s best of the best for 1 full day of knowledge bombs, and this year was no exception. We are really spoilt for choice in attending this event, as the FILEX organisers intentionally bring presenters to us from all over the world to share the latest in trends, programming and knowledge. All presenters added great value, but my industry colleague Chris Stevenson was a highlight of the day for myself. Chris’s easy presentation style coupled with his passion for customer service and delivering exceptional member experience is infectious and always a great reminder on how we can always strive to improve on what we do and deliver for our members every day.
The other absolute highlight for me this year, was that I was honoured to be part of this year’s “Women of Influence” panel. Facilitated brilliantly by Chantal Broderick, myself and 4 other incredibly accomplished women leaders in fitness, physical activity and sport – Sara Kooperman; Di Williams; Kate Palmer & Emily Splichal shared our personal career journeys and discussed new directions and opportunities for women today. The recurring theme amongst all speakers, was resilience and determination. Through being courageous and vulnerable and sharing our own stories, we can all help to inspire and encourage others to do the same.
3 Golden Nuggets
This year, we had the privileged opportunity to listen to Turia Pitt at the Opening Keynote address. Incredibly inspiring and unexpectedly hilarious at the same time, her message of resilience and determination really resonated with me.
3 take away messages from her presentation were:
- Consistency trumps motivation – motivation is the spark that starts, but consistency keeps you going!
- Progress is never linear
- The power of gratitude by changing your language– Go from thinking you “have to” do something to you “get to” do something.
Attending FILEX each year is undoubtedly a worthwhile “one stop” investment into your professional development. Nowhere else in the Southern hemisphere do you get the unrivalled opportunity to learn the latest information and trends from world class presenters, access keynote speakers of the highest calibre and network with your industry colleagues over 3 or 4 days. After hearing so many say that this year’s FILEX was the “best ever”, it will surely be a challenge for the organisers in 2020 to plan and deliver an event which is already known as one of the best in the world! But I know they will…and if you’re not there…you’ll be missing out!
With over 25 years Industry experience, Kristen Green is the Executive General Manager of the multi award winning Aquafit, located in South West Sydney, Australia, Aquafit is often cited as an example of industry best practice in Australia and is recognised as one of the most awarded fitness businesses in the country.