A time to laugh, a time to dance, and a time to vent.

If I was a mathematician, I could tell you the exact probability, statistically speaking, that people will show up if you invite them to something.  For example, if you invite 300 people to a wedding, you can count on 33% of them not coming so you’d only plan food for about 200.  The no-shows’ reasoning for not coming would vary, anywhere from “I live in New York and the wedding is in Hawaii” to “Honey, who is this person?  I don’t think we’ve ever met.  Oh, she’s your mother’s second cousin’s ex-husband’s new wife?  Okay, she probably won’t notice if we don’t show up.”  But even then, they’d probably send a gift.

But let’s say you plan something that is not only NOT in Hawaii, it is just down the street.  You offer to change the time if it doesn’t work into people’s schedule.  You tell them they can bring children so “my husband is working and all the kids are home” can’t be an excuse.  You invite 92 of your closest (emotionally and geographically speaking) friends to come.  And best of all, its FREE!  Now even if 66% of your invitees didn’t show up, that would still leave you with 30 guests.  Even if 90% of the people you invited didn’t show up, you’d still have a cozy little group of 10.

So if you’re really good at math, tell me, what is the percentage if only 3 of the 92 people show up to your convenient, fun, and free event?  This is a fun game, huh?

You may have already guessed that this is precisely what happened to ME this morning when I invited NINETY-TWO people to come to my FREE Zumba class.  I’ll be honest, I actually had five guests and not three, but that’s because one of the friends I invited, invited two of her own friends.  And 100% of the people she invited came.

This is actually nothing new for me.  I’ve been teaching Zumba for 4 years, and I actually think I’m pretty good at it, but I never could discover a magic formula for how to pack your classes.  Which is why I already decided I was done teaching, and then I decided again, and again!  And then I composed myself, blogged about it, and then changed my mind.  I’m such a glutton for punishment, I don’t know why I keep coming back to this.

But please, if you have someone close to you, or even just an acquaintance of no exceptional importance, who asks you to join them for something that they’ve put a lot of work into, do them a favor and just accept!  It will make their day.

Okay, thanks for listening.  Have a nice weekend 🙂


7 thoughts on “A time to laugh, a time to dance, and a time to vent.

  1. Not everybody likes Zumba, dear sister. I’m sure it’s not personal. Now, if it was a free “all you can eat brownie” event, I’ll bet a lot more people would have come 🙂

  2. I think your sister has a really good point. But I would have been there “if I didn’t live in Michigan”… I think you are a fabulous Zumba instructer and I absolutely love your class (especially after I was able to learn the numbers!) But if someone here in Michigan offered me a free Zumba class, unless I was really desperate for something to do (which rarely happens to me), I’m not sure I would attend either… unless they were going to serve dinner afterwards maybe. 😦 Sorry!

    Anyway, if it makes you feel any better, I do your Zumba workout 3 times a week from your video and enjoy the heck out of it!

  3. Ok you two, as a test I think I’ll try doing a free brownie day instead and we will see just how many more people come. Maybe you guys would even come all the way from your homes for something like that!

  4. Actually I probably won’t do that because I don’t make brownies. And honestly I would put as much stress on myself begging people to come eat garbage as I do trying to help them get healthy with me, and I would still have no one come because they are lazy 😛

  5. I feel the same way! I think I’m a good instructor but have never been able to fill my classes. If you figure it out, let me know. 🙂

    I taught a free class at the church a few years ago, kids invited and everything. It took several months of begging/making my 3 friends come to get more people. After doing it for about a year, I had 10 people coming regularly…and then we moved. :/

    • Daija, I bet you’re an incredible instructor! Where do you guys live? If I’m ever close I will come 🙂 Unless you’re not teaching anymore…

      • Maybe not incredible, but I think I’m pretty good. 😉 Ha! I’m still teaching, just once a week at a small gym.

        We live in farmington, nm. There’s nothing here, but if you’re ever close by it would be fun to see you. 🙂

        You’re in Driggs, right? If we are ever up that way, if love to come to one of your classes!

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