The relationships and connections you make likely won’t help you short-term, but they can help you long-term.
You should find a way to spend as much time as you can with people you don’t know.
You can sleep 6 comfortably in any hotel room.
Go to the games if you can, no matter where you sit – it’s just a special feeling when you walk into that building.
If you want to connect with people, you better make plans to do it ahead of time, or you’ll end up in the same Irish Pub with the same 3 guys you work Hoop Group Showcases with every Spring.
Get into the Pumps party if you can – it’s on another level.
Wear a suit at least one day – just to keep people guessing.
Don’t go too hard the first night, you’ll have trouble getting back to normal before the weekend is out.
I’m not sure why the NABC is charging young coaches so much in dues to be members.
Veteran move – make sure you have Visine in your toiletries.
Breath mints are a good idea too.
Getting a small group of coaches from different backgrounds together to talk about a few hoop topics is really valuable – and easy to pull off.
Get up early – you can connect with a lot of people before noon. Set up breakfast meetings with people you want to see before you get out there.
There’s no reason to have it in a cold weather city. Alternating between San Antonio and New Orleans works for everyone.
If you see a high level coach or a famous actor on the street, ask them for a picture, and then give them your camera and throw your arms around your buddies and pose – they’ll get a good laugh out of it.
Don’t be the guy that could barely stand up at the party – they’ll be talking about you in basketball offices for a full year.
It’s worth it being downtown.
Very little positive is going to happen at Steak N Shake.
Go home on Monday if you can – everything slows down on Sunday and it’s a good day to relax and connect with people.
Lower your expectations. You aren’t going to get a job. But you can start to build and cultivate relationships that will help you down the road.
Get to the right clinics – some are useless, but the right ones are really valuable.
I’m not sure the long line to Howl At The Moon is ever worth it.
The D3 guys know how to have a good time.
Wear your sport coat on the plane on the way out so you don’t have to fold it up into a your carry on.
You aren’t required to wear something with your school logo on it.
When it is in New Orleans, find the Tulane bars. They know what they are doing.
Be intentional about who you want to see ahead of time.
Make it as convenient as you can for those you want to see – be “in the neighborhood” so you can bump into the right people.
People will be generous with their time if you are prepared and you have a purpose – and you are willing to ask.
The less you tell people about your potential next move the better. If you have something going on, keep it quiet.
It’s really just a big Bud Light and sweatsuit convention.
You’ll leave telling yourself it’s probably not worth it, but you know you’ll be back.