7 Sports Career Lessons Learned from Rachel Mech

Posted: July 22, 2011 in Expert Advice
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Rachel Mech

I had a great time conducting Expert Interview with Rachel Mech: Taking Chances with No Regrets. Telling Rachel’s story to you was a great way for me to show you what kind of people are out there who want to help. As her mentee, it means even more to me to share her insights about breaking into sports. From Rachel Mech, Co-Founder of ProVentures Sports Marketing, we learned the following:

1. Your reputation and ethics are the most precious assets in business and life. Refrain from performing actions that would put either of these two in jeopardy.

2. Separate yourself from the pack by going the extra mile. Be memorable as an intern if you want to get hired.

3. Network with your colleagues, and you will be surprised what kinds of opportunities might come your way. Stay in touch, and be prepared when they call on you for help.

4. Never forget where you came from. Be grateful for the opportunities certain places or people have afforded you. Give back to the community that has shaped who you are today, whether it is through mentoring, coaching, volunteering, etc.

5. As important as sending or responding to emails can be, it is better to connect with people on the phone or in person. You will be more productive and make it more difficult for others to say “No” to you.

6. Be tenacious if you want to break into sports. Don’t let anyone steer you away from your goals. It may take a few “No’s” to get a “Yes”.

7. When faced with a difficult decision, go with your gut. Take risks, and never look back with any regret.

*** Since this interview took place, Rachel Mech has departed ProVentures to pursue her law degree and is currently working in Baltimore.


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