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This 20 year-old Basketball Skills Trainer Plans to Become the Next Guru of the Industry

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I had the pleasure of interviewing and getting to know Tyler Leclerc, CEO and head skills trainer of TJL Training. Leclerc looks to become one of the best and most sought out basketball skills and development trainers world-wide. While he may only be 20 years-old, Leclerc has loads of experience under his belt and an impeccable track record.

Leclerc grew up in Groton, a small town in Massachusetts where he played four years of varsity basketball at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, before moving on to play a year at Salem State University. He’s been in love with the game of basketball since he can remember and that love continues to grow everyday.

“As a high schooler, I was always in the gym…” Leclerc says. “Before practice, after school, in the summer, etc.., anytime the gym was open I was trying to workout.” Leclerc says it never started that he wanted to be a skills trainer, like most of the trainers out there. His first focus was always training himself and developing his own skills. It wasn’t until his junior year that he developed a passion for training. When high school and club teammates started asking him to run individual and group sessions for him, he started to realize that he had “picked up a knack for training” and, during the summer going into college, he decided to give it a shot.

After a full summer of training kids locally, he quickly realized that he liked the training aspect of basketball more than actually playing in the games. So, after one year at Salem State, he stopped playing and decided he would train players full time.

While the training industry is competitive, Leclerc has a handful of credentials that make him stand out amongst the crowd. One thing that really sets Leclerc apart from other trainers in the industry is his “knowledge of sports training, anatomy, and how the body should work” as he is a NASM certified personal trainer. With this knowledge he is able to supply his players with safe and effective athletic training, that helps prevent injury, while building strength, speed, and agility.

A photo of Drew Hanlen(left) and Tyler Leclerc(right) after a training session

Another major differentiator for Leclerc is the experiences he’s had. The following summer after leaving college, Leclerc had the the privilege of working alongside many reputable trainers including two of the best professional basketball trainers in the business, Drew Hanlen and Chris Hyppa. Through them, he was able to work with many notable NBA players such as Jayson Tatum, Jordan Clarkson, Gordon Hayward, Kelly Oubre, and many more.

Working alongside Hanlen, Hyppa, and other trainers not only allowed him to see and experience what training is like at a professional level, but it also allowed him to “figure out what works great for all of them” and add his own creative twists on their methods. Leclerc has worked and currently works with players from top college programs such as Duke, Boston College, and Notre Dame – some notable names being Duke stars and NBA lottery picks RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson.

These experiences, along with his vast knowledge and certification in personal training, gives him the ability to get that high school kid a scholarship, and the ability to turn that college player into a pro.

 

As a former player, Leclerc understands how basketball can change one’s life and it’s not something he takes lightly. “There is a lot of opportunity within the game of basketball.” says Leclerc. “ My goal is not only to give his players who work with me opportunities they might have never had, but also to better their lives through the game of basketball teaching them lessons they can use in other aspects of life.” Leclerc eventually wants to create a training environment where players of all levels can train together and learn from each other – basketball wise and life wise.

As someone who is established in the training industry, Leclerc offered up some advice to others looking to get into the industry themselves. “Know just about everything you can about basketball.” Leclerc says. “…Situations, reads, skills, etc…” But, while learning the game of basketball is important, Leclerc says that learning how to communicate with your players is just as important. Learning the different ways in which kids take criticism, the best ways to build skills, and different learning styles are just three of the many ways in which Leclerc says a trainer can better learn how to communicate with his or her players. “It’s deeper than just knowing some skills. There is a lot of areas of training that you can study and learn about to become a great trainer and there’s always more to take in.”

 

What’s the best way for people to get in touch with you?

Tyler Leclerc: The best way to get in contact with me is via email: [email protected] or via instagram @tjltraining or through cell at 978-877-9764.

 

 

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How Michelangelo Azzariti Grew to Become Italy’s Most Inspiring Artist

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A lot of people wonder how great people come into being. More often than not, these people come from normal or even disadvantaged backgrounds but have an X factor and inner motivation that uplifts them to success. This is the case with Michelangelo Azzariti, one of the most sought-after photographers in Italy.

 

Michelangelo Azzariti was just a normal guy whose life after graduating from college began by wiping tables and serving drinks in a couple of bars and hotels back home in Alta Badia, Italy. During this period, he also worked as a communication assistant and social management personnel.

 

He Decided To Pursue His Passion

 

Michelangelo loved to travel and also had a dream that he will be able to travel the world and make lots of money while at it. While on his numerous trips on various parts of the globe, he took the opportunity to capture great moments, places and people with his camera. This is when he discovered that he was a good photographer. Sooner than later, his love for traveling and photography intersected. This is how his formidable career as a travel influencer kick-started.

 

Created His First Instagram Account

 

Michelangelo Azzariti created his first Instagram account in 2013 in an attempt to market his photography services. He started publishing the photos he had snapped on some of his travel expeditions during a time when Instagram had not gained much traction as a marketing platform. These photos include landscapes, hotels, and cities among other interesting things and places. He improved his skills over time and also acquired new and superior equipment that helped him grow his careers in photography, and also a travel influencer.

 

His big break

 

As his Instagram account grew thanks to his exceptional work, the lucrative Italian tourism and fashion industry began taking notice of him. His fortunes changed when Giulia Gaudino the famous Italian fashion blogger showed her interest in his work. He took photos of Giulia and her boyfriend Frank Gallucci or their trip to the UNESCO world heritage site which garnered over 30,000 likes on her Instagram account.

 

Michelangelo Azzariti Current Success

 

5 years down the line, his travel photography business is thriving more than ever. Currently, Michelangelo Azzariti is one of the most sought-after photographers in Italy by established fashion bloggers, hotels, travel companies and businesses alike. He boasts an active following of more than over 58,000 followers on Instagram, which is the major platform that he uses for travel blogging.

 

More recently, he has franchised to YouTube where he runs a thriving YouTube channel and is also set to start contributing to popular established websites on the topics of online marketing and travel marketing. His success online has enabled him to collaborate with scores of luxury hotels and travel websites. Most of his clients are often more than ready to fully cater for his travel and accommodation expenses making his dream to travel the world while making money come true.

 

His Success Didn’t Come Easy Though

 

In an interview, Michelangelo admits that one of the questions he’s commonly asked by people is how did he manage to grow such as a huge following. Others ask, how he does get to be hosted on a hotel for free or even get paid to travel. Another popular question is, how does he manage to get those huge advertisement deals.

 

He responds to these questions by saying that, it was not easy to achieve this. His success has been as a result of hard work, perseverance, and dedication to his dream and career. He spent hours on end behind his PC carrying out research on the travel niche. Not forgetting time taken to hone his skills as a photographer, learning photo editing skills and also ways to market his craft.

 

What Makes His Photography Stand Out

 

What makes his photography stand out is the fact that he adds an empathic component to it. When this is coupled up with the strong aesthetic sense that is characterized by shots taken in unique places and from suggestive corners, he is able to treat his audience with a different perspective of the world. What more has contributed to his success besides his top-notch photography skills is a mix of luck and the fact that he took time to learn marketing strategies and skills that have enabled him to secure well-paying clients.

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Building an Engaged Following with Joey Ruben

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As massive portions (sometimes even 100%) of today’s businesses’ revenue comes from social media, learning how to please the Instagram algorithm is one of the most important things you can do as an entrepreneur. I was able to interview Joey Ruben, a social media entrepreneur who has been able to master rapidly building audiences on Instagram, on what kind of strategies he’s learned in his experience growing dozens of accounts (some over 1 million followers).

 

What are those trying to grow an audience doing wrong?

Joey: “Posting isn’t everything. Although posting good content is important, it isn’t enough to grow. You need to foster and nurture an engaged follower base in order for Instagram to organically promote your account through recommendations and explore page. I focus on 5 things when trying to build a highly-engaged following:

 

1. Direct Messages

I try to respond to nearly every direct message I get. Along with showing people you care, Instagram will rank your posts higher in the feed of those accounts who direct messaged you. You’ll also gain additional insight on what you can be doing better with your page through the suggestions people make and questions they ask.

 

2. Stories

Half a billion Instagram users watch stories daily, so if you aren’t publishing content on your story you are missing out on a large viewership. I’ve found that by posting your followers will tend to engage better with your feed content as well.

 

3. Responding to Comments

Show your followers you care by responding to comments! They took some time out of their day to leave a comment on your page, it’s only right that you spend some time to reply.

 

4. Going Live

Instagram lives are ranked higher than stories, so it is easy to get additional engagement from your followers by occasionally going live. Instagram live is also a powerful tool for garnering page feedback from your followers or redirecting them to engage with a post.

 

5. Engaging with Followers

Follow your followers! You can create superfans by engaging with your followers’ content. Scratch their back and they’ll scratch yours.”

 

How can I quickly boost engagement?

Joey: “If you’re looking to authentically increase your account’s engagement overnight, you should pay attention to what kind of content top pages are posting. Repost high-engaging, proven content to your page and you will notice a difference. You can also boost feed engagement by adding niche-related hashtags to your posts. Another tactic to get more engagement on your posts is by adding posts to your stories. You can also gain extra organic impressions on your account by posting content that is shareable, this is usually content that is funny or provokes some sort of strong emotional response in the viewer that they may want a friend to experience. There are lots of quick cheat codes to getting better engagement on your posts. They are constantly evolving so the best thing I can recommend is for you to model after what top-performing pages in your niche are doing.”

 

What kind of tools do you use to run your pages?

Joey: “There are a few different tools I use to free up time when managing my pages. Before publishing video content, I often use the app Vont to add text or edit the video. When I make commentary-based based photo posts, I’ll add a comment to the photo with Twitter, then screenshot and crop it to a square. This is what you see most large Instagram theme pages do. I use IGBlade to track my growth over time. I also use the in-app analytics tool to monitor my pages’ performance as well as to gather insight into what kind of people follow me. There are a number of tools out there to streamline various tasks like content creation, scheduled publishing, analytics and more. I recommend anyone who runs multiple pages to look into using some of these tools.”

 

How can readers connect with you?

Joey: “Instagram: @jo.ey”

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Why Socialblerr Should Be Your First Choice When Trying to Grow an Instagram

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Branded The number one Instagram Agency On The Planet, Socialblerr specializes in helping people grow their personal as well as business brands by leveraging the power of network and influence. The type of businesses that Socialblerr help to grow is small to medium-sized. People who come to Socialblerr for their services enjoy the privilege of having customers brought directly to them. In addition, Socialblerr is the go-to agency for models, musicians, celebrities and fortune 500 companies that need not only to grow their brand but also increase their audience size.

 

It Takes Two Flints to Make a Fire

 

Socialblerr’s success can be attributed to two main groups of people – the clients, and the management team that works behind the scenes. Together, these two groups of people have contributed to the immense growth and trustworthiness that Socialblerr is proudly known for. The management team is professionally trained and motivated to work with genuine marketing strategies as well as other models such as artificial intelligence social media development. By doing this, the client is assured that their Instagram gets the needed exposure to create empires and maintain a long-lasting legacy.

 

Austin Godsey talks about his team-mates at Socialblerr as a group of experienced, dedicated, and passionate professionals always ready to come to their clients’ rescue. By personally managing their clients’ accounts, they are able to give almost 100% human influence to the work while leaving the rest to the advanced artificial intelligence systems. The job description of these systems is to lay the groundwork for bringing in organic traffic and ensuring that their full attention is gained.

 

Target Specific Services

 

Real Connections: At Socialblerr, Austin Godsey and team makes brand new connections every single day. Clients receive new followers and influencers on a regular basis to grow their business or personal brands.

Market Research: The Socialblerr team conducts detailed research on behalf of the client. The research is target specific and relays results that are geared towards driving business and new leads on a daily basis.

 

Engagement: When the market research is done, the Socialblerr team begins to engage with the market they just found. Engagement consists of likes and comments on your content. Unlike other agencies, at Socialblerr, you reserve the right to choose the comments that will be used, and to which type of audience they will be directed to.

Measure Our Results: Austin Godsey says that they are constantly measuring their own results and performance while conducting tests on the strategies adopted by the agency. They do this to enable clients to achieve the very best of results consistently.

 

What to Expect on Socialblerr

 

In a bid to cater for clients across all budget levels, Socialblerr offers four different sized packages. These vary from $47 a month up to $1,997 a month. The packages are labeled bronze, gold, and platinum as they progress upwards. The services within each package are tailored to suit what clients are looking for when they want to grow their Instagram.

 

Once you sign up for the platinum package, you gain access to Socialblerr Academy which opens an opportunity into advanced Instagram marketing and giveaway campaigns for massive follower growth. You also benefit from round the clock support that translates to more organic video and story views. Socialblerr experts know that you need specific targeting of marketing strategies, that is why they have sowed in gender-specific and high influencer targeting in the same package. Apart from that, there is an exclusive opportunity to consult with the CEO and CMO. If you are just starting out on Instagram and need a little help with how to go ahead, the platinum package comes with access to over 20 training videos and Instagram growth hacks. There is actually no better way to get more organic views and followers on your Instagram than by signing up for the Socialblerr Platinum Package.

 

Conclusively, What better way is there to grow your Instagram? There surely isn’t. To sum it all up, Austin Godsey says that they save their clients countless hours by that they would have otherwise spent trying to gain followers. Through Socialblerr millions of Instagrammers like you have had leads delivered directly to their DMs and increasing their overall page traffic.

 

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