Will you be a newbie at Connect Sports Marketplace in Grapevine, Texas? Have no fear; we gathered tips from some of the event’s veterans that should go a long way toward you making the most of your time there.
“Go into your appointments with no preconceived ideas. We met with 30 cities when looking for a new home for our event and ended up moving a 1,000-person competition to a city we did not even seriously consider until we met with them.” —Justin Gates, Sports Network Int’l and SNI Youth Foundation
“Talk less. Listen more.” —Cathy Samaras, Synapses Sports
“Remember the start to a good meeting is being on time.” —Terry Tycholis, Can-Am Police-Fire Games
“Don’t expect to walk out of Marketplace appointments with a signed contract for next year’s event. It’s a chance to get some basic information and continue a deeper discussion.” —Mike Mon, Chinese American Basketball Association