Monday, April 28, 2014

Pimping The Home Run

Pimpin ain't easy....unless you are a baseball slugger.

Late one night in the 90's, a professional hitting coach explained to me what it means to "pimp a home run".  We stood in a sports bar, watching a bank of televisions, as he explained that "pimping" is simply showboating after connecting on a round-tripper.  "Pimping" is hitting the home run and then going through a rehearsed, choreographed mini-dance or routine, he said.

"Pimping" was made popular on TV during the 90's, by guys such as Sammy Sosa, who did the leap across home plate.  Barry Bonds would drop the bat and stare, as he took a few slow, pronounced steps toward first base.  Jeffrey Leonard rounded the bases with "one flap down" as his left arm hung limp.

Perhaps the best long-ball pimper of the era was Rickey Henderson, who would do a quick two-step and give a quick tug at the chest of his jersey.  The coach even shared that he would attend Rickey's "pimping practice" sessions back in Oakland, where Henderson would "teach" young players a series of "pimp moves".  In fact, Henderson had so many he had to name them...routine number one, routine number two, etc.

As the coach explained this to me, he glanced casually up at a TV showing a home run during the evening baseball highlight show.  "See, that's a number two," he quipped, matter-of-factly.

In honor of the great Rickey Henderson, we'd like to share this over-the-top, unbelievable act of pimping a home run....enjoy!


And now Rickey himself....










Saturday, April 19, 2014

You're Hired!

Find Your CallingWant to find that perfect job in sports broadcasting?  Here are some outstanding thoughts from our friend, Dan Miller.  Very relevant, don't miss this stuff.

"You're Hired!"   
        
Here are some interesting stats from the July/August issue of INC magazine.  The questions and comments are Dan Miller's.

New jobs in April – 119,000

Who did the hiring:
  • Companies with fewer than 50 employees – 49%
  • Companies with 50-499 employees – 48%
  • Companies with 500 or more employees – 3%
Question:  Why do job-seekers continue to make companies like Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, IBM, Facebook, Wal-Mart, General Motors and UPS their prime targets?
You increase your odds dramatically by targeting smaller companies.

What 2012 college graduates say the top priorities are when looking for a job:
  • Job Security – 33%
  • Salary – 23%
  • Health Care and other Benefits – 23%
  • Company Culture and Perks – 18%
  • Company Size – 3%
Question:  Are you kidding me?  Job security is #1??   Haven’t you seen what happened to your Mom and Dad?  You’d better be looking for a place where you can refine your skills and show your value.  But your job isn’t going to have “security” and guaranteed “salary.”

If you really want those – start your own business.  72% of college students now say they want to start their own business.  Companies are gun-shy about investing training in someone who isn’t going to be there 18 months from now.  “Security” goes both ways.

Portion of employers that have rejected a job candidate because of that person’s social-media activity – 34%.

Top 4 reasons those candidates weren’t hired:
  • They posted inappropriate photos or information
  • There was evidence of drinking or drug use
  • They had poor communication skills
  • They badmouthed a previous employer
Question:  Most companies will Google you before they look at your resume.  Are you comfortable with your “online” resume?

Creativity will do more to open the doors for you to be considered than a stellar resume.  What have you done that shows you to be “remarkable” in your job search?

Dan Miller, President of 48 Days LLC, specializes in creative thinking for increased personal and business success. He believes that meaningful work blends our natural skills and abilities, our unique personality traits and our dreams and passions. Dan is active in helping individuals redirect careers, evaluate new income sources, and achieve balanced living. He believes that a clear sense of direction can help us become all that God designed us to be.

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