Slower tracks at the US Open

first_imgTennis is with out competitors, however the information continues to be occurring. The final one comes from the United States. The final Grand Slam of the yr (often this might be Roland Garros in precept) has introduced a serious change in its tracks. USTA, organizer of the occasion, confirmed that they alter the materials of their tracks in Flashing Meadows and in all the tracks they handle. Thus, they may go from having a DecoTurf floor and can have a Laykold. The supplier variation could appear minor, however the change includes vital modifications for the gamers who compete in the event. Laykold is the similar model utilized in Miami, a event that data the second slowest recreation velocity of all Masters on quick observe. Laykold is characterised by the incontrovertible fact that its materials is the just one that has a ‘vapor barrier’, which is obvious in the velocity.“As we accomplished the full transformation of USTA’s Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Middle, we felt it was time to discover all new approaches and applied sciences for the courtroom floor. Throughout this exploration, Laykold shortly climbed to the prime, and dealing with them, we’re assured that we’ll have the finest courts and the finest efficiency in the world.“mentioned Danny Zausner, the director of operations for the USTA Nationwide Tennis Middle.last_img read more

What’s stopping you?

first_imgNETWORK/SPEAK – Don’t just attend networking and professional associations meetings and events – serve on boards or committees and speak at chapter meetings or conferences. This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.“But really – what’s stopping you from starting your own business?”That was the question posed on the anonymous online forum Fishbowl. Two days and 37 replies later, a litany of the usual suspects had been posted, including 10 common ones – some rather colorfully stated: TEACH/MENTOR – Look for opportunities to teach or mentor others in your area of expertise, either in the classroom or online. See “Network/Speak” above. Risk vs. ROI. DEVELOP A PRODUCT – You might want to develop something you wish you had, such as a directory, how-to guide, or an inspirational story/message. Give it away or sell it to drive traffic to your website. You do have a website, right?center_img Lack of a good idea.Not having an idea deemed “sexy” enough.No skills to implement the idea.No balls.Paying student loans.Not enough startup capital.Competing goals like grad school – and marriage.That old devil: Health insurance.And my favorite? Plain ol’ Laziness.I smiled to myself.Earlier this year, I took a deep breath and plunged back – after two previous fails – into independent consulting. A colleague referred me to a well-established independent HR Compensation consultant, Mae Lon Ding, owner of Personnel Systems Associates. She has been in business for over 30 years, with many name brand clients, and was two-time President of the Association of Professional Consultants.Filled with excitement about my new venture, I set up a networking call with her.Casually, Mae Lon burst my bubble with the sobering news that the type of entrepreneurs who make it are not “overnight” successes. “Expect to work full-time your first year and make half your salary; in Year 2, make three-quarters of your salary; in Year 3, break even; but,” she advised me, “if you make it to Year 4, you’ll never go back to working for someone else.”She also pointed out, “only 50% of success is your technical skill – the other 50% is your ability to market and sell yourself and your products or services.”While this advice didn’t exactly come as a surprise, she emphasized that the first year is an ideal time to establish credibility through thought leadership – while perhaps producing a small amount of income – by focusing on actionable marketing activities such as the following: WRITE – Post articles, whitepapers, infographics or guest blog posts that showcase your knowledge and experience, such as expert tips, industry trends or case studies of successful client projects. Wrapping the call, I sat down to ponder Mae Lon’s great – and hard won – advice. I realized that if I am going to avoid another fail, I’ve got to bear in mind these three critical factors:You really want to go independentYou are mentally prepared to face rejectionYou make financial preparations to survive the first few yearsIf you were not deterred by this advice, but instead felt energized – as I was – then going independent may be right for you. We’ll see how my third pass at the independent life goes. Feel free to drop me a line with your favorite tips and you just might be featured in a future blog post!Jessica Williams is an independent consultant who excels at leading large scale change journeys at diverse, global organizations. Her writing explores trends in career, change and talent management.last_img read more