In my opinion there are a few fundamental elements necessary in creating a positive professional network. The first element is kindness. Being genuinely kind to people is a fundamental part of being a positive human being. More often than not, people who are kind receive kindness in return. The second element is helpfulness. Take the time to help players, parents and colleagues find solutions to challenges they may face. Showing a genuine interest in improving others will go a long way in creating lifelong connections. The third element is to stay connected. Make sure you take the time to get out of your own head and connect with people. Know when it’s their birthday or pick up the phone and see how they are doing. The fourth element is to be social. When you go to the field, always say hello to coaches and parents. Ask them how they are doing. Get to know their name and where they are from. Over time you will see that you will know many coaches and families and many coaches and families will know you. The fifth element is to share. If you are a smart coach, you know all coaches of every level have something to offer. Hoarding ideas, concepts, and personal theories doesn’t allow for your professional field as a whole to grow. Be generous with your ideas and work, don’t be afraid to ask silly questions, and be open to other people’s ideas. Collaborating and debating with coaches is a wonderful way to create powerful connections. Lastly, the sixth element is to smile. Nobody wants to be around a person who is always mad and frowning. Smile and not only will you feel good but the people around you will feel good. I know it sounds cheesy but it’s real. I am sure this list of elements will evolve over the course of time but it’s the six elements I try and implement into my daily routine.
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