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A Blog Break

February 12, 2010

Hey everyone. Yeah, it’s been awhile, I know. I’m ashamed!

I have missed writing. And often times I want to run to my blog and share what’s going on in my life. But the truth is, right now, there’s way too much going on!

My life has changed. I moved out. I left Chicago. I moved to New York! I’m working for a Minor League ballclub. And I’m on my “own” for the first time. So my life is definitely in a bit of a transition right now.

Things are changing, and being the new media geek that I am, I feel like my blog needs to change with it. So I’m saying goodbye to this blog and developing the plans for a new one. I want to be able to share my stories, experiences, and life with you guys, but it doesn’t seem right on this blog.

New beginnings. New blog. New me.

I’m not sure when it’ll all come about, but I promise you I’ll be blogging again.

Until then, you can find me Tweeting and blogging away for the Hudson Valley Renegades. 🙂

Thanks everyone! See you again soooon.

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So guess what?

December 23, 2009

I got a job…

………..No, really! I did. I got a job! And not just any job..It’s a job in baseball! Yes! In baseball! Believe me, I can’t believe it either! You remember all of those blog posts I wrote a few months ago about not settling for anything less than my dream?? Well, I did it. I made it happen. After everything I’m finally going to be working in the sport that has been and always will be my true love. I’m going to be working in baseball. Wow.

Now, I’m sure you’re all asking, “Cool Megan! How’d it happen?!” Well, let me tell you! Back in December I attended the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings. During the Meetings there are a ton of, well, meetings, trades are made, business is done, you know. In addition to Major League meetings, there is also the Professional Baseball Employment Opportunities (PBEO) Job Fair. I attended the job fair, had a few interviews, and ended up with an offer for a Social Networking Internship with the Hudson Valley Renegades. Social Media in baseball? Count me in! I was pretty excited, but I still had big internships with two great PR agencies in Chicago the next week. So for a while anyway, my dream to work in baseball had to be put on hold.

When I got back home from the Winter Meetings the excitement of it all started to fade and I began to think more realistically about things. With bills, college loans, and general expenses could I afford living in New York on just an interns pay? Plus, I like commitment. I like knowing I’m secure and somewhere longer than 6 months. One of the PR opportunities I was interviewing for was a full-time position working with an INCREDIBLE client. And yes, that deserved all caps. The opportunity would be once in a lifetime, plus I’d have that security. There was so much going through my head and I was beginning to worry that my dream of working in sports might not be so realistic after all.

But then everything changed..The Friday after I returned from the Winter Meetings I got a call from the Renegades GM. He asked me a few questions, we chatted, and then he said, “Well, the reason I’m asking these questions is because rather than an internship, we’d like to offer you a full-time position.” A full-time position? Excuse me?! I was speechless, which for me is a huge feat. And that’s when everything changed for me. I was being given the opportunity to work full-time in baseball and doing Social Media nonetheless! Perfect.

I continued to interview with the other PR agencies, but the truth is my mind was made up as soon as I got off the phone with the GM. Baseball was where I needed to be. Baseball was where I belonged. And so it is 🙂 Beginning after the new year I will be joining the Hudson Valley Renegades as the Manager of New Media. I will be in charge of the creation and growth of Renegades marketing from the grassroots level in regards to social media and other unexplored outlets. In addition, I will be working closely with other departments to create a unified marketing message. Of course, I will have to put my cell phone down from time to time as pulling the tarp is part of everyone’s duties in the Minor Leagues. Ha. But I’m excited about that. I’m excited to learn about every department and truly immerse myself in baseball.

The Hudson Valley Renegades are an incredible organization and I have been blown away by the kindness they have shown me already. I look forward to the experiences I will have in New York and the growth it will provide me. I’m finally going to be living my dream and there’s nothing to stop you from living yours.

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PBEO Business of Baseball Workshop Part 2

December 14, 2009

Hello everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed the Business of Baseball Workshop notes so far! Here are some more 🙂

Sam Bernabe, GM, Iowa Cubs
Mike Tamburro, President, Pawtucket Red Sox
Ken Young, President, Norfolk Tides

-Sam: Take the job as it’s offered to you. Don’t wait around.
-Mike: Sales is a perfect way to learn and get in the industry. Don’t be afraid of sales.
-Ken: Learn to accept rejection.
-Sam: Sales experience makes you more marketable. We don’t care how big a baseball fan you are, we want to know you’ll work hard.
-Ken: You’ve gotta do every job that’s there.
-Mike: As young people in the industry we want to see your creativity!

North Johnson, GM, Myrtle Beach Pelicans
“How to get a baseball job.”

A is for attitude.
B is for business.
C is for crying: There’s no crying in baseball!; Also, Creative.
D is for diginity: Leave it at the door!
E is for effort: Show up ready to work!
F is for focus.
G is for grounds crew.
H is for hours: Be prepared to work A LOT of hours!
I is for intense.
J is for just do what you’re told!
K is for Kool-Aid: Just drink it!
L is for loyalty.
M is for mascot.
N is for never comment on the weather or the length of the game.
O is for overtime.
P is for pocket schedules; Promotions; Passion.
Q is for quitters.
R is for rain.
S is for slump buster.
T is for taxi.
U is for utility.
V is for vacation.
W is for wallet.
X is for x-cellence.
Y is for YouTube.
Z is for zoo keeper.

Pat O’Conner, President & CEO, Minor League Baseball
“Positioning yourself for success.”

-“Luck is the residue of design.”
Prospects vs. Projects (You want to be a prospect!)
-Prospects understand the game; What it takes.
-Works hard.
-No job is too big or small.
-Projects take time to develop; Lack of get-up and go.
-“If you’re going to eat at the table, make sure you’re going to bring something to the table.”
-Within every problem there an opportunity.

-You have to be willing to work hard.
-Never take shortcuts.
-Peserverance, persistance & hard work.
-Create reputation as go-to person.
-Be honest; Size up abilities in terms of job requirements.
-Fully invest time & energy to organization & baseball.
-“The will to win is importance, the will to prepare is vital.”
-Ethics: Even the great are prone to fall. Ethics matter, listen to that little voice in your head when a decision needs to be made.
-Is it fair to all concerned? Is it the right thing to do? –> Ask yourself when making decisions.
-Listening is an art & acquired skill. “You have two ears & one mouth for a reason.”

Develop a Network
-Single most effective tool for career growth.
-Do not abuse network.
-Work with your network & cultivate the relationships.
-Be honest with yourself & those in your network.
-Respect profession.
-Invest in development of network.
-Keep quality people & be a quality person.
-If you are not known to listen to your network, then your network will stop talking to you.
-Develop listening skills.

Pat O’Conner’s Pearls of Wisdom
-Don’t dance on tables.
-Know who your friends are.
-It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
-Act like you know what you’re doing & they won’t know the difference.

Manny Colon, Assistant, Player Development, Florida Marlins
“Player Development & Minor League Baseball.”

-Be willing to do whatever it takes to finish all tasks set forth your way.
-Realize the patience & dedication needed to advance in this industry.
-Be able to communicate.
-Have passion.
-Network, network!
-Have fun 🙂

Katie Dannemiller, VP Baseball Operations, Greensboro Grasshoppers
“Baseball as a Career: Become a Front Office Five-Tool Player.”

What you need to succeed:
-Understanding
-Passion
-Teamwork
-Be humble
-Hoppin fun

Steps to help make baseball your career:
-Don’t let technology get in your way.
-Don’t forget the beauty of a handwritten note.
-Proofread.

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” -Erich Fromm

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Parents Meet GenY

September 18, 2009

Last night I got home after a night out with friends. My mom was still awake and decided that 11pm was the best time to talk about my future.

During our late night conversation, besides the fact that my parents want me out of the house (ha), I learned that parents may not necessarily understand what makes up GenY.

At this point in my job search I’m being pushed to accept any job offer that comes my way. And while my wallet is more easily persuaded to do so, something in me just can’t do it.

You see, I’ve never seen GenY as entitled. We don’t expect things to be handed to us. We don’t think we deserve more than others. On the contrary, it’s that we have high expectations of ourselves.

The thing I’ve learned about GenY is that we refuse to settle. We’ve been taught to set goals, to reach those goals, and to follow our dreams. Its engraved in us to be the absolute best we can be. So the idea of settling leaves a horrible taste in my mouth.

So where do I go from here? How do we explain to our parents who GenY is?

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Lessons Learned From Cheering On MLBs Most Lovable Losers

September 16, 2009

This is the 3rd and final guest post in my series for Chandlee Bryan’s Emerging Professional site. Here I discuss some finals lessons I’ve learned from sports and how I relate them to the job search. Best of thank to everyone!

I was born bleeding Cubbie blue. Cheering on the Yankees or Dodgers was never an option. It was embedded in me likeMegO2 DNA. I had brown hair, green eyes and I was a Cubs fan. At a young age the charm and personality of the Cubs got me and I watched more Cubs games than I did cartoons. The first time I entered Wrigley Field, my fate was sealed. The atmosphere, the sounds, the tastes and smells, the ivy covered walls and the old-school scoreboard. It was enchanting and my heart still skips a beat every time I return. The Chicago Cubs have a power over me that words can’t describe. It’s a love, a passion, a union that only Cubs fans can understand. They can give me the ultimate high, but have the power to bring me to indescribable lows.Cubs

I was sitting in section 205 on October 14, 2003 as the Cubs were 5 outs away from making it to the World Series for the first time since 1945. In my face paint, handmade Cubs shirt and Cubs print pants; I hid behind my hands too nervous to watch. Hiding was a good idea. With 5 outs to go, Moises Alou lost a foul ball to He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, Alex Gonzalez let a ball go through his legs, Mark Prior imploded, and the Florida Marlins went on to score 8 runs. All with 5 outs to go! This wasn’t the only time the Cubs were the reason I cried for hours. Being a Cubs fan means enjoying the highs, but expecting the lows. People ask me constantly, “Why are you a Cubs fan?” Why? Why do I cheer on a team that hasn’t won a World Series since 1908? Why do I support an effort that is 101 years in the making? Why do I constantly set myself up for disappointment? I had no choice. I was destined to be a Cubs fan. And while my mom constantly reminds me “Why do you love them so much? They don’t give anything back to you!” I know that’s not true. The Cubs have taught me the importance of loyalty, dedication and persistence. Being a Cubs fan has prepared me for anything and given me invaluable skills I use daily. Sure I’d like a World Series ring, but a few, good life lessons will do for now.

“If at first you don’t succeed..”

We’ve all heard the saying, “Practice makes perfect.” The great thing about this saying is that it can be applied to anything we do in life from playing sports to landing that perfect job. Practice is the key to success and is something that even the most talented athlete does daily. After an 8-game winning streak the Cubs won’t cancel drills just because they’re doing well and a player won’t just hang out in the clubhouse during practice if he’s batting .380 in June. The best keep going. They keep practicing. They keep honing their skills. They try each and every day to better the athlete they were yesterday. Texas Ranger pitcher CJ Wilson said, “We practice every day despite having played the same basic game for over 20 years…Think about how weird that is!”

The same applies to the job search. It is rare to find someone who wakes up one morning and is just naturally good at interviewing. It’s a skill and something we need to practice. Rehearse answering important questions in the mirror, set up mock interviews with family or educators, research keys to successful interviews and go on actual interviews as often as you can. My friend Sarah recently went on an interview with a company that she didn’t know much about. While she was apprehensive at first she saw it as an opportunity for practice. The interview only lasted two minutes, but the point was that she gained more experience and knowledge through it. No harm there, right? You can’t win every game, nor can you knock every interview out of the park, it takes practice, dedication, and persistence. Someday I will have the home run of all interviews and land that perfect job, but until then practice makes perfect.

Perseverance “Yet we still believe it’s gonna happen. Maybe this year, maybe next year, maybe in 50 years. We’ll wait.”- No Love Lost, ESPN

Sports have taught me some important life lessons including, dedication, preparation, practice, experience, and persistence. However, I feel this last lesson is truly the most important; perseverance. It was Wednesday, October 14, 1908 the last time the Chicago Cubs won a World Series. 101 years ago. Chicago fans are constantly reminded of it and the players are too. Yet at every Chicago Cubs home game you’ll be pressed to find an empty seat, the crowd will be cheering louder than even the day before and the players will sprint out there with one goal in mind; win. The Chicago Cubs understand the definition of perseverance. They eat, sleep and breathe it. Regardless of any obstacles, the cynics or their history, the Cubs know that one day they will win the World Series and until then the only thing they can do is put everything they have into every game they play.

The truth is, the job search can be exhausting. Constantly being told “no” by companies can take its toll. And being turned down for positions you’ve dreamed about can be heart breaking. I know, because the Cubs still haven’t offered me an interview. Regardless, the important thing is to keep going. Never take no for an answer and never accept failure. My dream is to work in sports and I won’t stop until that dream becomes a reality. A baseball player doesn’t quit after going 0-for-4 in an important game and neither will I. Now, let’s play ball!

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Megan, meet Megan.

August 5, 2009

Tonight I once again made the commute into the city from Naperville like I’ve done many times before. Depending on the time of day the BNSF is either a quick 40 minute ride or the dreaded hour and 15 minutes. Most people, including myself, despise a 75 minute train ride, however, from time to time there are nights where maybe that extra time provides you with a much needed break. That extra time gives you the opportunity to disconnect from the world, enjoy the silence, and for once, hear your own voice. For me, tonight, that extra time was exactly what I needed.

A couple of weeks ago a good friend of mine, @SarahKettler, suggested I read Just Who Will You Be? by Maria Shriver. I love a new book and I needed something to take my mind off of the adventure that is my current job hunt. So I said, “Why not?” and swiped my library card one more time. I didn’t know what exactly to expect from the book. It was small, both in size and length. Sarah had raved about it, but I wondered how life-changing a book could be in 91 pages. I sit here eating my words. Just Who Will You Be? is a beautiful, heartfelt story of Maria’s personal journey in finding out just who she is. An invitation to speak at a high school graduation ignited Maria’s own quest to find out who she was, who she had been, and who she wanted to be. The book details her difficulties in deciding on a topic to speak about. After all, even a Kennedy needs to be persuaded that their story is worth telling. In the end, Maria gives a moving and genuine speech concluding with her own poem entitled, “Just Who Will You Be?”

Tonight I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the launch of Sevans Strategy founded by the incredible @PRSarahEvans. As I stepped out from behind the laptop and phone for awhile I made sure to look and listen as people of all types came together. I mingled, caught up with folks I’d previously met and introduced myself to some new faces. However, regardless of when I’d met them, one common question kept being asked; “what do you do?” What do I do? Well, right now I sit at home applying for jobs, writing blog posts and networking like I should get paid for it. But that’s not really what they wanted to know. So maybe, “What do you want to do?” But even that question leaves for so many possible answers. As the night wore on, I felt so limited by the questions being asked. Okay, well, I’m Megan, I graduated in 2008 from EIU, I interned with the Chicago Blackhawks and Weber Shandwick. Those are basically the answers to every question I was asked. But what does that say? What does that tell you about me? At times I longed to delve deeper into conversations, to really learn about the person, but it always went back to their career or social media or something of the sorts. Don’t get me wrong, the night was a great success and I met some incredible people, but the experience had me questioning a lot. A lot about myself. A lot about “what I do.” And a lot about what I want to do.

Before leaving the house this evening, as I threw my business cards and lip gloss into my purse, Maria Shrivers little book of answers caught my eye. “It’s going to be a long train ride,” I thought, “Might as well have something to read.” And while many people despise that 75 minute train ride, sometimes life means for you to miss an earlier train so you’re forced to take time to just…breathe. As I sat alone on the train, tired and hungry, I began to read and began to see things much clearer. My whole life I’ve been asked, “What do you want to be?” Well, a ballerina, obviously 😉 What do I want to be? Throughout high school and college that answer changed constantly. And since then I’ve been many things, I’ve worn many hats, and I’ve had many dreams. But the truth is, what I am now or what I was then is only a small part of what I will be in the future. Of who I will be in the future. Because tonight after reading Maria’s book in its entirety, I realized that the important thing isn’t what I do, or what I want to be..It’s who will I be. What kind of human being will I be? Will I help others or serve only myself? Will I cherish money and belongings or family, friends, and relationships? As I met new friends tonight I wish they had asked these questions. Because what I do in no way defines who I am.

I am grateful that I had that extra time on the train to read all of Just Who Will You Be?, because I’ve realized a few things. I’ve realized that the expectations others have of me, aren’t nearly as important as the expectations I have of myself. I’ve realized that in order to truly be happy, I need to follow my heart and my passions. And I’ve realized that above all things, the most important question to ask myself is “Who will I be?” So as I continue this journey in finding my rightful place in this world, I look forward to meeting the who I will become.

Megan, meet Megan.

There will definitely be more to come regarding this post! However, since it’s 1:20am I should probably be getting to sleep 🙂

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I’m Just Getting Started (Aspiring to a Career in Sports)..

July 27, 2009

I’ve been on Twitter for about 6 months now, but goodness does it seem like longer. At first I was cynical about it as many are when they first begin. But I gave it a chance. I researched it, explored, got to know people and before I knew it I was a Twitterholic. I’ve learned a lot over my 6 months on Twitter and gained even more. Probably the most valuable thing I’ve gained from Twitter are the connections. The people I’ve met. The relationships I’ve made. One of the connections I’ve made that I consider incredibly valuable was Chandlee Bryan, @Chandlee.

Chandlee, who is a former Ivy League Career Counselor and Recruiter, has her own website, The Emerging Professional. At The Emerging Professional Chandlee urges visitors to put their best foot forward and land the job they love. One of the features I admire most about Chandlee’s website is her genuine effort to help promote young professionals land the job they want and jump start their career.

Recently Chandlee got in touch with me and asked me if I’d be interest in writing a guest post for her website. She had noticed my love for sports and asked if I’d be interested in writing about how my love for sports has impacted my job search. Of course, I said yes 🙂 So below is the first guest post I wrote for Chandlee. My original post was so long that we decided to split it into 3 parts. Therefore, the next 2 posts will follow this week and next. I want to thank @Chandlee for all of her help as I begin this exciting journey and for allowing me to contribute to her site.

Please visit http://www.emergingprofessional.typepad.com/ and http://www.bestfitforward.com/ to see all the amazing things Chandlee is doing to help get careers started. She sure has helped mine. Sure this is only 1 guest post, but I’m just getting started 🙂

My guest post can be found here on Chandlee’s website.

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MegO1I’ve been a sports fan my entire life. The earliest support of that is a picture of me at 6 weeks old in a Chicago Bears sweater and Harry Carey glasses on. My dad, being born and raised in Chicago, was a die-hard Chicago sports fan. It was all about the Cubs, Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks. That being said, it was no surprise I had Chicago Bears Onesies, Cubs school supplies and was able to recite the entire Bulls starting line-up including Bill Carmrine, Horace Grace and Scottie Pipsen (I know now those aren’t their names) by the age of 4. My uncle, who now does Pre- and Post-game radio for the Texas Rangers baseball team, was a constant presence growing up, which meant so was sports. I grew up following his career in sports media and admiring him for following his dream. And now, not surprisingly, his dream has become my own. Like family, sports has always been a presence in my life. A presence that has taught me about as much as any class ever as. One of the biggest lessons that sports taught me was one that my uncle learned at a young age; follow your dreams.

Confucius once said, “Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” In my opinion, truer words have never been spoken. Growing up this was a lesson I was told often; do something you’re passionate about. This was one of the first lessons I was taught from sports. One of my favorite things to do as a child was to go to Minor League baseball games. Many of the players were barely out of high school and on their own for the first time. These boys loved the game and you could tell. With scouts watching and local fans cheering them on they put everything they had into the game. Getting paid close to nothing, traveling constantly and staying in motels every night, you knew these boys were there for a reason; they loved the game. It was their passion, their life and they would do whatever it took to make their dream come true.

Some people, like myself, are born knowing what they want to do. Others have to experiment a bit to truly realize what they’re meant for. In difficult economic times such as these many people are settling for any job they can find, but my hope is that eventually they will follow their hearts and do what makes them happy. Everyone’s dream is different. Mine is to work in sports.

But regardless of the shape or size of your dream, all of them are attainable. The first step is simple; ask yourself what it is you really want to do. Has it always been a thought in the back of your mind? Do you have a particular passion? Have you been afraid to try? If you are not sure, do some research! Learn about different career options or paths you could take. Some people need to try a few things before they know for sure. In that case, take a few internships to see what it is you really enjoy. Experience is key to truly learn about a particular industry or career path. Lastly, do what you have to do to make your dream happen. Hone your skills or go back to school if you must. No dream is unreachable and if you want it bad enough, you can make it happen.

My dream is to work in sports. I want to meet new people, travel the country, help others and put my passion to work. I know the power sports can have in impacting people’s lives and I want to be a part of that. New York Mets General Manager, Omar Minaya once said, “We were born with baseball in our blood. It’s more than just a sport. It’s a passion. It’s an opera. It’s just a way of being. It’s almost like breathing.” I was born with sports in my blood. It’s part of what makes me the woman I am today. I know there will be obstacles and I know my dreams won’t come true with the snap of a finger, but I do know that I can make it happen. So for now I’m okay traveling from city to city and staying in local motels, because it will all be worth it when I finally get the call, “You’re goin to the Show.”

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