Using a Conference to Take Networking to the Next Level

After last week’s guest post on the Ivy Sports Symposium, I took a minute to read through the latest tweets from Ivy Sports Symposium (@sportssymposium) and saw where they had retweeted a student’s comment about a phone call he had as a result of attending their conference. I was intrigued by the opportunity to bring you all a first-hand account…

There’s No One Way To Get Into Sports

I’m frequently asked how I got to my current position as a sports business reporter for ESPN. Well, it all started with a tax law seminar that fit nicely into my schedule during my 3L year and a professor who was willing to let me think outside the box. When I approached him wanting to write about internal taxation in…

What Not To Do: How do I find a job?

It’s time to start another series here on the blog, and this one is going to focus on what not to do. Last night, I participated in a chat on Twitter under hashtag #sbchat (sb = sports business). If you want to work in sports, or do work in sports, be sure you check out chats like this and take…

Resolutions for Students Who Want to Work in Sports

The beginning of a new year is a great time to look back at the year gone by and set goals for the year ahead. However, make no mistake – you should be setting short-term goals all year. You should always be looking for ways to better yourself and better position yourself for your dream job. In the spirit of…

Following up with New Contacts

Now that you know why you should attend industry conferences/events, how to prepare for them, and what to do while you’re there, it’s time to talk about how you follow up with your new contacts and develop a relationship. Hopefully you took my advice and made notes on the back of the business cards you collected. Those will come in…

Networking at Conferences/Events

I’ve explained why you should be attending industry conferences/events and detailed what you can do before you arrive to make the most of your networking opportunities. But what do you do when you get there? I’m sure for some of you the idea of approaching strangers at a conference or other event is terrifying. I’m a naturally outgoing and talkative…

Pre-Conference Planning

Yesterday I explained why attending industry conferences and events is important. Although I’m gearing these tips towards those wanting to get into sports, particularly students, they apply to virtually any career. Getting the most out of attending a conference or event is about more than just showing up, although that’s obviously the first step. Once you’ve registered for the conference,…

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