Updated: Sep 19, 2019
I am officially registered for the American Baseball Coaches Association's National Convention, in Nashville, Jan 2-5, 2020.
It is an excellent opportunity to connect with and learn from like minded people who share my passion for the game of baseball. It will be my 5th convention experience, and I have yet to have anything short of a fantastic experience.
Community and connection is important. I have heard often that in order to move up in whatever industry you are in, you have to have a large network of people.
I don't buy into that completely. First of all, you have to be great at what you do. Then, you have to develop relationships with the right people. It's not simply about networking. Having a network is great, but that network is worthless if it is not based on genuine relationships. Having genuine relationships with other human beings is different than having a vast network of acquaintances.
Networking when done right and most effectively isn't about how many people you are acquainted with, it is about fostering relationships, it's about community, it's about brotherhood/sisterhood.
If you are a baseball coach, the ABCA convention is a great place to start. It's a great place to connect with old friends, but it's a better place to make new ones.
Seek out opportunities to develop relationships with new people. Not because of what they might be able to help you get, but because of who they might help you become.
Transformational > Transactional.