We’ve all heard the saying it’s not what you know it’s who you know. While you may have the top education, skills, knowledge, product, or service it won’t guarantee you anything. What will help you be successful over time is by networking and putting yourself out there. Once you’ve done that continue to network, deliver, and provide value. In many cases it comes down to just being a decent human being. Sometimes taking a little extra effort in the process goes a long way. As we grow Floorball programs this will be crucial.
Programs can’t happen without a place to carry them out. For me that means having consistent and reliable access to gym space. In my area we don’t have a community recreation center. All programs are run out of the local schools. There is high demand for time and space in these gyms, and you’re also competing with other sports and events that also utilize the limited space. One of the reasons my programs succeed is because I have consistent and reliable access to gym space to the point where I am at or near the top of the list regarding priority. Without the space my program crumbles so I make sure to take care of the space I’m given.
Here’s a secret for all reading. Get to know the custodial staff where you play, and build a relationship with them. Go the extra mile by taking the time after you’re done to pick up trash, sweep the floors, and make sure that everything is clean and ready for the next user. This is a small task that may take you 5-10 min, but has a lasting impact. For one thing we should all want to care for the facilities we use; but it’s really annoying to walk into a building and see garbage everywhere, or equipment strewn about.
I run a facility and I’ve run programs in countless others. It’s always baffled me at how many people treat these spaces. It takes a lot of time and energy to keep a building at a certain level of cleanliness and quality. I would hope that people would care for them, but in many cases they don’t. I can tell you that if your organization has a reputation of not caring for the space they use it’s only a matter of time before you’re not allowed back. If you’re dependent on the use of these spaces to survive you won’t be around for much longer.
Take care of the simple things, go the extra mile. Don’t look for anything in return, but because it’s the right thing to do.