Executing Emerald to Diamond Training
If November’s all about giving thanks, then here’s something your business will really appreciate: the new Emerald to Diamond training program. Who better to get you up to speed than the creator of the program herself, Senior Manager, Training and Field Development, LeeAnne Ruff. Plus, you’ll hear from Lauren Duke, Meg Wiczynski, Leslie Kortes, and Vito La Fata—four powerhouse Coaches who are already putting the program into action and leading their groups to greatness.
LeeAnne explains: I created Emerald to Diamond to train Emerald Coaches who want to propel their businesses to Diamond—and beyond. The program mirrors the format of Coach Basics—60 days of daily content divided into two, 30-day modules. It includes best practices from our top Coaches for going beyond the basics and building a solid foundation. We strongly believe this program will give our leaders a solid system to create exponential growth and duplication within their Teams.
Here are the impressive results from our Emerald to Diamond pilot group:
|Control Group||Pilot Group|
|Emeralds Advanced in Rank||19%||38%|
|Diamonds Maintained Rank||5%||58%|
|Diamonds Advanced 1-2 Star||1%||7%|
What business results have you seen with Emerald to Diamond training?
Lauren Duke: During the original pilot program, my Coaches experienced fantastic growth and a sense of teamwork. I had an incredible group of leaders emerge from that group, as they all spurred one another on to Diamond.
Leslie Kortes: I saw a large increase in new Diamonds—7 to 53. Amazing! We also had many multiple star Diamonds in just 10 months. I love that I’m seeing stronger Emeralds, Coaches eager to learn the business, and more effective leadership and duplication.
Vito La Fata: The numbers don’t lie; we saw the average Coach quadruple their income during the training. What’s even more inspiring is that Coaches who went through the program developed into better leaders. This is by far the most important part because the very act of leading creates stronger, more confident Coaches.
Meg Wiczynski: This training helped our Team get out of a plateau we’d been in. It also gave our Emerald Coaches the confidence to reach for Diamond. I had five Coaches go Diamond in my group and two current Diamonds build stronger overall Teams.
How often do you plan to run the Emerald to Diamond program?
Vito La Fata: We run a version of Emerald to Diamond every month. We expose our Downline to a deep bullpen of leaders because you never know which leader will have an insight or perspective that can unlock a Coach’s potential. This diversity also helps to make managing the groups less time consuming and keeps the energy level up.
Did you find this program built stronger leaders on your Team?
Lauren Duke: Yes! The idea exchange and the conversations that occurred were beneficial to everyone in the group. Now we have a group of emerging leaders who are ready to rock.
Did you work with other leaders?
Leslie Kortes: I like to work with a group of about 20 Coaches and a small handful of leaders, because that way, future Diamonds get to learn from several of us!
What were your biggest takeaways after running the program?
Lauren Duke: My biggest takeaway was that I needed to be present in the group! You can’t just post things and then hope for the best. It’s definitely a mentoring opportunity, and a total Team effort.
Leslie Kortes: I had to fine-tune the program and add my own style! I also learned that it was okay to be tough and create guidelines. If someone wasn’t checking in, they couldn’t stay in the group. I also set expectations with the other leaders. Before every group, we did a Zoom call for 30 minutes and hashed out clear and defined roles.
Vito La Fata: The Emerald to Diamond helps you progress quickly and sets you up in half the time. It also allows you to help your Coaches who need a platform to follow. The fact that they can work on their leadership skills early on will create stronger Coaches on the back end.
Meg Wiczynski: My biggest takeaway was to keep things simple and give my Team the necessary information. Each Coach has the same tools and chances to be successful with this business, but it’s up to them to do the work and apply it to their business.
What are your ‘Top 3 Tips’ for someone new to running the program?
Lauren Duke: I would encourage everyone to use the tools in the Emerald to Diamond leader guide and participant guide. Also, keep in mind that a bigger group doesn’t mean a better or more productive one! The smaller the group, the better the interaction. And lastly, be ready to put your own spin on the training to make it fun and remember to recognize those who achieve milestones, or go above and beyond.
Leslie Kortes: First, set expectations. Define who the group is for, what they will be committing to and what you will expect of them daily. Second, work with leaders on your Team to fill a group with committed and passionate Coaches who are ready to dig in together. Third, create a culture that fosters new leadership. Remember; these Emeralds are new Team leaders in the making!
Vito La Fata: Find a success partner and tag team. You’ll have more fun, get more help, and enjoy growing your leadership skills together. Next, keep what works and get rid of what doesn’t. Not every lesson will be perfect for your Team or vision. Lastly, stay consistent and disciplined in running the program. You will get better, gain more traction, and get more comfortable as a leader.
Meg Wiczynski: Be open to listening to opinions. Ask your Team what they like or don’t like so you can make changes for the next group. Next, do the assignments along with your Team. Not only will this help you stay on track with your business, but it will also motivate your Team to match your energy and focus. Finally, schedule weekly zoom calls. Getting to see your teammates face to face makes a big difference!
You can get all the information you need on the Emerald to Diamond training program in the Coach Online Office at News & Training > Emerald to Diamond