The time has come where I have finally have a place of my own! Over the past seven years that I've lived away from home, I've either been in a dorm or a student living apartment complex. I am anxious for this change because I have a space to decorate and make my own! But there is one problem, I have NO furniture yet. I only have a bed, and my couch should be arriving today.
In the meantime, I've been playing a little golf...
... and spending a lot of time online at Overstock, Wayfair, Crate and Barrel (Chicago store pictured above), Pottery Barn and Target with multiple trips to Super Target in Norman. I see a lot of things that I like, but I can't tell if it will go with my new space. It always looks perfect in the ad, but I start to wonder, will I like this couch?
The article instructs you to, "Simply place the catalog in the spot where you're considering adding a new piece of furniture, scan the catalog with the augmented reality app on your mobile device and select the desired item." The app then projects the item by layering it over a real-time view of your room that is captured by your devices's camera.
Unforunately, I am not waiting until 2014 to decorate my space. I've decided to purcahse the bigger pieces (a bed and a couch) and design out. What do you think of this new feature? How do you think augmented reality could play a role in the sports industry?
While I wait for my furniture to be shipped, I'll be trying to improve my golf game!
Getting my haircut late last week, I began to notice far more gray hairs on my large noggin' than I'm ready to admit to having. That's when it hit me: I'm an adult.
After coming to terms with the reality that is being a grown up, I felt an increased responsibility to impress upon younger generations of sports professionals things you should know, not only about what to expect in the business, but what is expected of you. I've been particularly perplexed by the stuff that people put online about themselves, specifically students and recent graduates who are trying to establish an identity in the industry. Through my own personal trial and error, I've learned that once you introduce yourself to the internet as an aspiring sports professional, you're now under a microscope.
I'm all for being wild and crazy. YOLO (Are the cool kids still saying that?) I was 21 years old too a couple years back. Thankfully when I was that age, social media as we know it today was in its infancy, and it wasn't as likely for your personal business to be front page news in your professional circles.
Anything you post online is part of your personal brand. It's how people in the industry, not just your friends, see you as an individual, a peer and a potential employee. The moment you decide to make your debut on the professional scene you've essentially surrendered your "Look at all the stupid stuff I did this weekend/I think (INSERT POLITICAL PARTY/CANDIDATE) is a #%@^$*/Guess how many vodka shots I CAN'T take in an hour/O.M.G XYZ HOTTIE is TOTES HAWT." card.
Don't get me wrong. It's important that you filter in tid-bits of your life that reflect your personality and individuality, but what you post should never work to comprimise your integrity or present you as a liability. Form a marketing perspective social media gives you the unique opportunity to position yourself in the most positive way in front of your target market's most captive audience.
With that being said, here is my list of the ten things students and young professionals who are trying to establish a presence on social media should think about:
1. If you wouldn't say it in front of you mom, would you say it on social media?
People have probably been telling you this since you were a kid about life in general. Same rules apply to social media.
2. It's ok to have fun, but not everyone needs to know about.
Consider keeping one of your social media platforms, like Facebook, on lock for close friends and family only. That way if you absolutely must share some shenanigans, its only going out to people you trust.
3. Don't get in internet fights with peers or professionals.
It's not appropriate to fight in a professional environment and having petty arguments with realtive strangers online makes you look just as bad. Social media is totally the right place to exhcange thoughts and ideas freely, but if you just can't find common ground on a particular topic, agree to disagree.
4. It's ok to stand for something (Politics, religion, social causes), but making polarized statements can turn people off.
Social media puts your thoughts on a stage for everyone to see. While your inner circle may share your views, your social media circle is a much more diverse collection of opnions and convictions. While you may feel you can flex your monitor muscles from the safety of your own home, remember the sports business is small and you may have to address any member of our diverse community face to face some day.
5. Don't use social media to beg for a job. Seriously.
You'd never go into a job interview prepared only to plead for a job would you? Then why would you use social media to do the same thing? Just like in an interview, you should use social media to show potential employers why you'd be an asset to their organization, to show your knowledgeable about current trends and capable of being professional.
6. NEVER COMPLAIN ABOUT HOW MUCH YOU HATE YOUR CURRENT JOB/BOSS OR HOW YOU LIKE TO GOOF OFF AT WORK!
Using social media to hate on your current job/boss or brag about goofing off at work is literally telling people in the industry that you would not take any potential opportunities seriously.
7. Be nice and respectful to everyone. You never really know who it is you're going up against.
It's easy to sit behind your keyboard and run your mouth like a tough guy, but as previously mentioned, you never know who you're going up against on the other side of the conversation. A mentor? An influential industry member? Being positive, helpful and willing to lend an ear can open up many opportunities for you in the industry.
8. It's ok to cheer for your team, but try not to be disrespectful toward someone else's--they could be your employer someday.
School spirit is a big part of what we do and not all of us are fortunate enough to work for our alma maters. We love our teams and we're wildly protective of them. So are other professionals in the business. Talking trash about a rival team, especially doing so doing so in poor taste can be the first step to burning bridges with potential hiring managers or potential employers. Imagine talking trash about a team and then the perfect job you've always wanted opens up with them. You better hope anything you may have said doesn't come up in any online searches or worse off --they read ot for themselves.
9. Keep your emotions in check--it won't be a big deal in 10 minutes. I promise.
Your team just lost; your dog just ate your burrito; your candidate just lost an election or the Bachelor didn't pick your favorite contestant. It's not the end of the world but freaking out over nothing online might damage your credibility.
10. YOU TELL US! What is another social media faux paux that young professionals fall victim to?
Did we miss something? Do you think we left something imprtant off the list? Comment below or share your thoughts with me on Twitter (@amvillalobos) and lets help tomorrow's sports professionals set themselves up for success!
How was your weekend? Awesome?! I hope so! Mine was a bit of a roller coaster... let's go for a ride!
We begin Friday around lunch time... Bethany and I head to the airport for a shoot in Denver for the Western Athletic Conference. While we arrived on time for our flight, our plane did not: Technical Problems. Oh flight delays...
We make it to Denver about two hours later than planned. This unfortunately meant that we had to cancel a Happy Hour date with the fine folks from University of Denver :( as it was time to meet up with Amanda and 18 student-athletes from the WAC for dinner on the 16th Street Mall.
That's me with a pretzel stick appetizer. (It was delicious, in case you were wondering.) After dinner, we set up the equipment for the early shoot the next day and were off to bed.
Now we all know that student-athletes are extremely talented on the field/court/rink/course/mat/pool (I think I got them all), but that talent doesn't always transfer in front of the camera - there's a reason those Hollywood celebrities make the big bucks. However, the student-athletes at this shoot had been chosen to represent their school because of their leadership, and boy, did they rise to the challenge! They did better than I could have hoped, making for a relatively quick shoot.
This left us with some free time to enjoy Denver (because who couldn't enjoy such a great city?) before our flight back to OKC. Bethany and I went out to find baby clothes for her nephew before lunch, when I sort of abandoned her (sorry, Bethany) to hang out with my dad. Him and I had lunch, then he took me to see the house he just bought and we just visited since I don't get to see him often.
When our free time was up, Bethany and I headed back to the airport, ready to get home. Unfortunately for us, Denver enjoyed our visit so much that it didn't want us to leave. Storms quite literally surrounded the city - nobody in, nobody out. Shucks. Luckily there was a restaurant/bar next to our gate where we grabbed some grub and made friends with a fellow stranded traveler. But the delays kept coming and eventually most of the restaurants closed, leaving us wondering if/when we would ever get out.
Denver, I love you, but this is too much. We can't do this to each other. You have to let us go.
Eventually Denver did let us go... nearly 5 hours later. I finally collapsed into my apartment just before 4 a.m.
I woke up from my coma around 12:45 in the afternoon and barely rolled out of bed to get some coffee... with lunch.
Fortunately, with it being Sunday, the football gods graced us with a preseason Cowboys game. Some people completely disregard preseason because it doesn't count. You're right; it doesn't. However, I was born and raised a Cowboys fan. I love my 'Boys and they... break my heart every year, BUT THAT'S BESIDE THE POINT. Point is, preseason games give a tiny glimpse of what is to come for the season, and I gotta say, I was pretty pleased. Our defense looked more aggressive under new DC Monte Kiffin's Tampa 2 defense. And the running backs looked like very promising replacements for when DeMarco Murray inevitably gets hurt. (Don't get me wrong, I pray he doesn't.) Although, maybe with the depth, he won't have to get hurt this year? Did you hear me football gods? Please? Anyway, the Cowboys won and that makes me happy. Even if it is preseason... against the Dolphins... and most of the starters didn't even play a down... I'm a Cowboys fan through and through so OBVIOUSLY... THIS IS THE YEAR. (every year is THE year, but this year really is THE year, ok? ok.)
*All photos in this blog are courtesy of Bethany's twitter. If you don't already follow her, do it @bethanybrenkus.