Professional Development

Ease the transition to working remotely

 Posted on: April 2 2020
Are you like the thousands of employees who have found themselves working remotely during this COVID-19 pandemic? If so, how’s it going? It can be challenging if you’ve never worked from home. The remote team of Lindsey Pollak and Eileen Coombes recently gave INC.com a few tips to keep your team’s productivity and morale high. Cut yourself a break. Working from home is a transition. Find what works for you whether that is setting scheduled “in-office” hours and break times, turning on a white noise machine or app to reduce noise, or buying new furniture for your office to make you the most comfortable and productive. Overcommunicate. As the author says, it’s their “default advice on communication in general, but it’s even more important when you are working remotely.” It starts with how your team can reach you (email, call, text, Zoom, Slack, Skype, etc.) and when (in the morning, evening, weekend). Clarify Expectations. T...

A WEEKLY WEBINAR SERIES FOR OUR MEMBERS - Week of March 30, 2020

 Posted on: March 27 2020
SFA/SFM Webinar COVID-19 Response: MOney Saving Measures for Owners & Operators Tuesday, March 31, 2020 12:00 p.m. ET Panelists Include: Jason Clement, Sports Facilities Management, LLC  Lori Moore, Sports Facilities Management, LLC  John Sparks, Sports Facilities Management, LLC    The COVID19 quarantine is having measurable, devastating financial effects on sports, recreation, and wellness facilities across the country. As current operators and developers of 20+ facilities, SFM is leading the response and recovery for owners and operators across the country. In this 1 hour webinar, CEO and Founder of SFM, Jason Clement, SFM Account Executive Lori Moore, and SFM Account Executive John Sparks will provide real-world solutions and ideas for cost containment, team leadership, maximizing operational efficiency, and planning for a strong rebound post-pandemic. Join SFM leaders on March 31st at 12pm EST for this no-cost educational webinar.&nbs...

Sports ETA Comes To You - A Weekly Webinar Series For Our Members

 Posted on: March 20 2020
As we navigate these challenging times, Sports ETA is offering a series of free webinars led by the leadership of the organization. Below is the first week’s schedule. Stay tuned for future webinars. Sports ETA and Industry Update Tuesday, March 24, 2020 2:00 p.m. ET - 3:00 p.m. ET Panelists Include:  Al Kidd, President & CEO, Sports ETA Dr. Jennifer Stoll, Research and Education, Sports ETA Janis Burke, CEO, Harris County - Houston Sports Authority/Chair, Sports ETA Janis Ross, CSEE, CMP, VP of Events & Experiences, Sports ETA In this session, the panel will provide an industry update amid the COVID-19 outbreak and how Sports ETA will provide resources for its membership during this time. View Recording Creating and Communicating New Business Solutions in a Crisis Wednesday, March 25, 2020 1:00 p.m. ET - 2:00 p.m. ET Led by Jackie Reau, CEO, Game Day Communication In these uncertain times surrounding COVID-19, we will discuss how...

How to navigate being new to the Sports Tourism world

 Posted on: December 4 2019
Being new to this industry is intimidating, right? You have seasoned vets who seem to know everyone and then there is you – brand new and ready to make connections. But how? Here are a couple of tips and tricks I hope will help as you navigate being a “newbie” in this industry!  Go to the Sports ETA 4S Summit. Aside from the fact that you get to learn from some of the greatest leaders in our industry, this event is also one of the best opportunities to meet people. It’s smaller than the Symposium and is a completely education-based conference, making it your best opportunity for networking with colleagues. This is your chance to learn best practices and pick the brains of people who have walked in your shoes.     ASK THE QUESTION. This industry is built on relationships between clients and peers. With that being said, we can be each other’s greatest resource. You are learning the industry and it’...

Another Successful Chief Executive Summit is in the Books

 Posted on: November 12 2019
Leaders in the world of sports events and tourism just wrapped up another great Chief Executive Summit in Louisville. These great minds came together to address topics of leadership management, business strategy, and crisis management, all while getting to know the city of Louisville and their colleagues. “Leadership is a constant learning process and our industry executives can benefit from top business professionals,” said Al Kidd, President and CEO of Sports Events and Tourism Association. “Our Chief Executive Summit gave sports tourism leaders and executives the chance to hear from others in business and learn best practices from leaders in higher education, horse racing, and technology, among others.” One of the highlights of the Summit was keynote speaker Dr. Neeli Bendapudi, president of the University of Louisville. She discussed principles of leadership and management styles. Jonathan Paris, the executive director of sports tourism at Visit M...

Sports ETA Welcomes Sports Leaders to Chief Executive Summit

 Posted on: November 8 2019
LOUISVILLE, KY (November 8, 2019) – Sports events and tourism leaders from around the country were in Louisville this week for the 2019 Sports ETA Chief Executive Summit, where top business experts addressed topics such as leadership and management, crisis management and business strategy. “Leadership is a constant learning process and our industry executives can benefit from top business professionals,” said Al Kidd, President and CEO of Sports Events and Tourism Association. “Our Chief Executive Summit gave sports tourism leaders and executives the chance to hear from others in business and learn best practices from leaders in higher education, horse racing, and technology, among others.” “The Louisville Sports Commission was pleased to host the national leadership of the sports events and tourism industry in partnership with Sports ETA to showcase our city and our own business leadership,” said Karl Schmitt, President and CEO of the Lo...

The Importance of Professional Connections

 Posted on: November 7 2019
"I believe that you can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want."--Zig Ziglar That quote is the inspiration that I use every day.  Mentoring, fostering, sharing, and caring are qualities that help us to build strong and healthy relationships both personally and professionally. The key to creating life-long connections is to give as much, if not more than you take. Staying connected and developing professional relationships takes time, work, and strategy. If you’re trying to improve your professional connections, you should be. These connections will be the key to your professional growth. Here are some tips to follow: Strong communication skills will help lay a strong foundation. Making yourself clearly understood as well as truly listening and learning from others. Show respect by being courteous, using non-offensive language, and being courteous of people’s time.  Be open to hone...

2020 Symposium News is here!

 Posted on: November 5 2019
There may still be time left in 2019, but here at Sports ETA, we are working hard on the 2020 Symposium. We’ll be headed to Kansas City, Missouri April 20-23 for our 28th annual meeting. Registration is now open, so start planning your trip! It doesn’t matter if this will be your first Symposium or your 28th, we are planning an all-new event with more deep-dive education sessions and breakouts divided by skill level. Plus, the 2020 Sports Marketplace is back and it is sure to be more interactive and provide informal learning opportunities to hundreds of people. You will be able to start making those one-on-one marketplace appointments in March. If that hasn’t sold you yet, then listen to those who went last year. The 2019 Symposium received a 4 or 5-star rating from 72% of respondents, who enjoyed marketplace appointments, education sessions, and all of the networking opportunities to catch up with colleagues and to meet new ones. Take a look at how much fu...

2020 Symposium - Call for Speaker Proposals NOW OPEN

 Posted on: November 1 2019
We are excited to announce that the call for speaker proposals is now open through December 15 for the 28th Sports ETA Symposium in Kansas City, MO April 20-23, 2020! We place a strong emphasis on seeking presenters who expand our industry's knowledge base through relevant and engaging content delivery, as well as specific implementable takeaways for audience members. Speaker Proposals If you or someone from your organization is interested in applying to lead a breakout session at the 2020 Sports ETA Symposium, we encourage you to submit an application! Click Here to Submit a Proposal We are accepting speaker applications through December 15. Sports ETA Symposium The Sports ETA Symposium is the annual meeting of the Sports Events & Tourism Association (Sports ETA), the non-profit trade association for the sports events and tourism industry since 1992. Sports destinations meet with hundreds of decision-makers res...

2020 Symposium Registration NOW OPEN

 Posted on: October 30 2019
Build relationships with hundreds of sports events and tourism professionals at the 28th Sports ETA Symposium in Kansas City, MO April 20-23, 2020. Online registration is now open, lock in the best rate by registering with early bird pricing today! After 12/31/19, rates go up. Register Today! Important Information Registration Rates Schedule Hotel Accommodations Need help convincing your boss? Don't worry, we've got you covered! We've put together a justification toolkit to arm you with information to share with your supervisor on the benefits of attending the Symposium, how it will make you a better employee, and help advance your organization.  Justification Toolkit We think the Symposium is a must-attend event, but don't just take our word for it... take your fellow sports events and tourism professionals' words too! See what they have to say about the Sports ETA Symposium. QUESTIONS? Co...
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