I am advising a young man currently who is going from a professional sports career to a corporate career and it has been interesting.
We talked yesterday about the biggest way to connect to who you want to know is through who you already know. I sent him one of my favorite books, Never Eat Alone, by Keith Ferrazzi.
After multiple conversations – and reading the first chapters of Keith’s book – it finally dawned on him. Part of what he said was that when he thinks about all of the other athletes he’s known over the past five years, plus four years playing in a Division I college program – he’s struck by how many connections he must have. In his sport, too, he can talk with a new teammate or an old one, and within a minute they will find someone they both know, because it is a small world. Six degrees.Two, in some cases.
What he does next will be interesting and I will plan on updates as to his success in networking his way to a great corporate career.
Oh, he’s in Houston, Texas – in case any readers have connections there to any Texas based, good companies looking for a great ambassador for their company – in sales, marketing, customer service, public relations, or other position where a smart, personable young man with a college degree can apply his skills and grow with the company. He’s been a team leader, has had many “managers” and deals with adversity and success on a weekly basis.
I’ve always said that salespeople, like professional athletes, have that “little voice management system” in their heads which lends a good solid athlete to transition into selling well. Stay tuned.