Do you discuss politics with your clients?
We have blue states and red states; I assume we have blue trainers and red trainers. I am curious: do you discuss politics with your clients? Personally, I do. My clients are aware of my political leanings, and we talk about current events, including politics.
My clients training is kept on a fast pace with minimal rest, conversation/s is very limited however, politics would not be a subject matter of choice and would prefer a topic based on health and fitness.
I generally prefer not to engage my clients in any political discussion. Sometimes, I listen to their opinions about politics and I stay neutral. I am a professional and I like to talk about fitness and how I can help them improve their lives through healthy living. The danger of engaging into political conversations (among other things) is that you might upset clients if you don't agree with their views, which could result in you losing clients. Furthermore, they may tell other people they know and you may lose potential clients as well. I like to keep things simple.
I respect the viewpoints of people and expect the same in return.
No politics, no discussion about religion or on how to raise your children for that matter.
Ultimately, no matter the relationship, conversation topics should eventually tie into 'all things fitness.' When sharing ideas in newsletters or on social sites, the same guidelines should apply.
Also, to engage in a conversation with a paying customer, that may ultimately lead to an argument,(politics, religion, abortion), could lead to loss of a client. I would avoid all conversation that people become passionate about.