The Club Industry Show is the leading conference for fitness professionals. We are now accepting proposals for the 2020 conference, which is Oct. 14-16, 2020, at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, St. Louis, MO.
Submission DEADLINE: Jan. 6, 2020
We are currently seeking proposals from expert speakers who can present sessions in an engaging and knowledgeable manner on the latest trends, emerging topics and valuable business practices to fitness industry professionals. We welcome experts from commercial clubs, non-profits, universities, hospital/wellness centers and other types of facilities to submit session topics that target trainers, group exercise instructors, middle management and executive-level management and owners.
What We're Looking For:
We're looking for new, innovative perspectives and solutions that reflect the evolving nature of our industry. Speakers are required to offer three take-aways for the attendees.
Presentations should share:
- Emerging Trends
- Innovations Transforming Our Business
- Latest Best Practices for Operations
- How New Technologies Are Transforming Our Industry
Please Note: Presenters are prohibited from self-promotion and promotion of their company. Presenter may not hand out marketing materials or product samples to the audience and cannot sell products or services onsite. The most common complaint we receive from attendees is when presenters pitch themselves or their services during an education session.
Submissions will be evaluated on:
- the speaker's expertise and prior presentation experience;
- feedback from attendees and track chairs about the speaker from past Club Industry Shows and other industry conferences (if the speaker has presented in the past)
- the quality and appropriateness of subject matter; and
- originality of presentation (preference going to sessions not presented elsewhere).
- include the key points that will be addressed in the presentation;
- include a brief list of what attendees will learn;
- be clear and concise; and
- be no more than 1000 characters.
The Club Industry Show has a reputation for high-quality education and instruction. All presentations must be education driven and brand neutral. Selling a product or service in a conference session is prohibited.
By submitting a presentation, you agree to work in conjunction with the Club Industry Show conference team in regards to the presentation's:
The purpose of this partnership is to ensure that the presentation aligns with the overarching Club Industry Show conference content strategy.
Attention Vendors: Submissions from vendors will be considered Hosted Education Sessions (HES). Please submit your presentation as a Hosted Education Session. Vendors who submit under other tracks will be moved into the HES category.
Who Is Considered a Vendor?
Vendors are anyone who works for a manufacturer, software company, certifying agency or other company that offers a product, service, program or system for health club operators. Consultants who don’t sell a system, program or product are not considered vendors.
Presentations are 60 minutes each. Session titles and descriptions are subject to change in collaboration with the Club Industry Show conference team.
Our primary audience consists of fitness professionals in all job functions including but not exclusive to club owners/operators, fitness facility executives, general managers, sales managers, personal trainers/group exercise instructors at commercial clubs, studios, YMCAs, Kroc Centers, JCCs, parks & rec facilities, hospital wellness centers, university rec centers and military fitness centers. This audience seeks educational content that is compelling, timely, relevant, unbiased and interesting.
Session Topic Areas:
- Leadership & Management:
Topic should focus on how to be a better leader and how leaders adapt their
operations to trends related to sales, marketing, retention, managing by
the numbers, cost savings, staffing and facilities. (Note: Most of these
sessions are developed by the track chair
- Sales & Marketing:
Topics should offer insights and real-world applications for marketing staff, sales staff, directors, managers and trainers for how to increase lead generation, membership sales and non-dues revenue sales for fitness facilities of all types.
- Personal Training:
Topics should focus on the business and personal development of trainers and creating better departments.
Topic should relate to creating the best programming possible for the membership base at each club and how programming can generate revenue for the club.
- Member Experience and Retention:
Topics should focus on ways to create a better member experience and increase retention, including improving customer service, creating rewards programs, developing better member integration programs, building relationships and learning how to measure retention rates.
- Technology & Trends:
Topics should share insights into the tech and trends that are affecting the fitness industry, how health club operators can adapt to each, and what the trends mean for the future of the fitness industry.
- Healthcare & Fitness Integration:
Topics should relate to how commercial club operators and others can move into the next phase of integrating their offerings with the healthcare community, providing better results for members/patients and more revenue for clubs/physicians. (Note: Most of these sessions are developed by the track chair.)
Topics should focus on issues specific to running a nonprofit facility related to funding, board accountability, sales and marketing, hiring, programming, retention and other issues that may be handled a bit differently due to a nonprofit’s needs and requirements.
Topics should relate to how franchisors can better develop their franchise business and deal with issues specific to those who have created a fitness franchise. (Session are for the franchisors, not for franchisees)