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 firstname.lastname@example.org.