This summer you can get ahead of your competition, by preparing yourself for success.
In this blog post, you will get key tips from industry leaders on what YOU can do to get ahead this summer. These tips are tailored towards young and aspiring talents, looking for a career in sports. Let the learning begin!
Before we talk about the key inside information, we would like to highlight the fact that you are already taking a step in the right direction. While some of your competition is enjoying the beach life and chilling with a beverage, You are taking the initiative towards improving yourself.
You are willing to do what it takes! You are taking control of your life!
The first point on the agenda, is to build your network. Growing your network is an essential key for success, and the summer time is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of their “slow” days in the office. The best way to begin, is by looking for people that works in a sport you have knowledge about. If they also happen to be in your local area, then you should take advantage of that opportunity! This way, it is easy to set up a personal meeting and you have a connection by being a local.
“In the sport industry, it’s not about who you know, but who knows you”
During one of my informational interviews, I spoke with the CMO of #BostonRedSox. His advice to you is:
“Meeting people is a skill and you need to network as much as possible. Along the way, you will learn a tremendous amount about people, business and the sport industry”.
In your process of meeting new people, it is important to understand that you only have one name and one reputation. The sport industry is so small that everybody knows each other. It is the beauty and the beast of the industry. If you do a good job, people will notice your progress and you will earn more opportunities. Should you happen to do a poor job, you might as well change your career to another industry.
“Know your differentiator — What do you bring to the table?”
In order to build authentic relationships, you need to understand how you can bring value. It puts you in a position where you need to work on your personal development. This comes down to your values, beliefs, knowledge, and ability to reflect on yourself. The President & GM of #SeattleStorm, suggests you to reflect on the following questions:
“What do I stand for? What is my differentiator?”
Reflection is a major key for success. When that is said, it is important to acknowledge that you won’t have all the answers. This is completely fine! What you can and should do, is to find someone you can learn from. More specifically, a mentor.
A mentor is a great asset, if you find the right ones. So how do you know who the right ones are? You don’t….Which leads back to the CMO’s point of networking. What you can do, is to learn from different areas of the industry. The Associate Athletic Director at #USFAthletics, recommends you to;
“Follow the money. This gives you access to everything. But try to learn from different areas such as; marketing, business development, sales, fundraising etc.”
The summer is also a great time of the year to get some experience. Whether you get an internship, summer job, or simply are doing some volunteering. I can’t emphasise enough on how important it is gaining relevant experience. During another informational interview, the Executive Assistant at #Apple Inc., former #OaklandRaiders staff, said to me;
“Definitely take any and all opportunities given to you. What’s the worst that could happen? Even if you have a miserable experience, you’ll learn something and that is a wonderful thing.”
As a final tip, we would like for you to think about your email communication. This is the one place where your grammar should be perfect. If you don’t use enough time to look at your text, how accurate are you in your work? You might be great at your work, but they will ask themselves that question. Control what you can control and work hard. Because hard work, always pays off!
All the best,
Ole Martin V.
Founder & CEO — SportIn Global