Sports Business Speaker

There may not be TV cov­er­age and cheer­ing fans scream­ing your name in the office, but what many peo­ple don’t under­stand is that there are many cor­re­la­tions between the busi­ness world and the world of the NBA and pro­fes­sion­al ath­let­ics. As some­one who had twelve suc­cess­ful years in the NBA, and now fol­lows his pas­sion as a sports busi­ness speak­er, Mark trav­els the coun­try speak­ing to cor­po­ra­tions, high­light­ing and talk­ing about these sim­i­lar­i­ties.

The sim­i­lar­i­ties lie in the lessons he learned on how to make your team more pro­duc­tive and pros­per­ous. The lessons include aspects of team­work such as per­se­ver­ance and pro­fes­sion­al­ism. As a sports busi­ness speak­er Mark shares with cor­po­ra­tions and cor­po­rate lead­ers, how he learned these lessons and how they can uti­lize them in their cor­po­ra­tions.

Mark learned per­se­ver­ance, as most do, by going through dif­fi­cult times. While in high school and at UCLA Mark spent a lot of time rid­ing the bench, but he was still the first in the gym and the last to leave. In his pro­gram as a sports busi­ness speak­er he teach­es cor­po­rate team mem­bers the impor­tance of con­tin­u­ing to work hard through dif­fi­cult times.

When tough times hap­pen, the only way to get past them is to con­tin­ue to work through them. It is a sim­ple fact of life that holds true both in the NBA and the busi­ness world.  Mark could have cho­sen to sim­ply give up on his bas­ket­ball career while on the bench at UCLA, but he per­se­vered and it helped him become suc­cess­ful. Now, using his posi­tion as a sports busi­ness speak­er, he uses his sto­ry to inspire oth­ers to con­tin­ue to per­se­vere through dif­fi­cult times in their work.

In order to per­se­vere you must show com­plete pro­fes­sion­al­ism. One of the aspects of pro­fes­sion­al­ism Mark elab­o­rates on as a sports busi­ness speak­er is the impor­tance of not mak­ing excus­es. By not mak­ing excus­es you will per­se­vere through dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions in your work envi­ron­ment while being real­is­tic about your cur­rent cir­cum­stances.

When Mark first entered the NBA he didn’t know how to tru­ly be a pro­fes­sion­al. His first NBA head coach, Frank Lay­den, taught him how to be a pro­fes­sion­al. He did not allow Mark to get down on him­self because it was a dis­trac­tion from doing the job he need­ed to do. These are some of the things Mark speaks about as a sports busi­ness speak­er.

Turn your team mem­bers into win­ners by apply­ing the con­cepts that cre­ate sports super­stars and lead­ers in the world of busi­ness. To hear more about Mark’s expe­ri­ences in the NBA and how they trans­late to the cor­po­rate world, book Mark for your next event by call­ing 800–998-7067 or email­ing wecare@7ft4.com.

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