Having a coach or manager is an essential step towards becoming a professional athlete. If you are a sportsperson, you can either go through a company or solicit for individual coaches. There are many companies and coaches who claim they can effectively manage athletes and other sports personalities. The reality is that finding a manager can be challenging. Some of the tips to finding a good manager include the following.
Ask About Their Experience
Not all managers are equal. Some will do better with coaching other sports but not athletics. It is always important to find a coach/manager who is skilled in your area. If you are an athlete, get a manager who has experience of athletics, or better yet, finds a manager who was once an athlete and understands the dynamics which come with the sport. Do not be shy about asking for experience and a resume of where the manager has worked before.
Discuss Their Objective and Goals
A good manager should have objectives and goals on what they expect from the athlete. What are some of the things they want to see the athlete achieving? If you are an athlete who is looking for a manager, you should ensure that your goals are aligned with theirs. Have several discussions on what your goals are, and see if the potential manager shares the same objectives and aspirations.
Talk About the Cost
Do not make the mistake of hiring a manager without getting into the finer details about how the payment will be made. Talk about the overall costs, including whether they will be taking commissions from sponsorships which they help you land as an athlete. You should also talk about other hidden charges that may arise. If you do not talk about cost, both of you may end up getting disappointed midway, and this will affect your performance as an athlete. Dealing with a manager who is not happy can be the most stressful experience.
Have a Face to Face Meeting
Before you sign up to work with a particular manager, make sure that you meet them. Having a meeting will let you in on their personality, and from that, you can gauge if you can work together. This is especially important if you are sourcing for a manager online. After the meeting, analyse how you feel working with the person. If you are not sure you can work well together, you should start looking for other options.
Insist on Accountability, Ethics and Morals
Your manager reflects the kind of person you are in the professional scene. If you are being managed by a reckless person who has been involved in many scandals, then chances are that you may not get many companies to sign you up. Discuss work ethics so that you know what they stand for.
Ask For Referrals
Sometimes, the best way to get a good manager or company is by reaching out to other professional athletes and asking for referrals. Look at some of the successful athletes and ask them to guide you on some of the ways that they used to get managers. Do background research on all the recommendations you get, so that you end up with the best.
Some managers work with several athletes, and this could mean that they may be available for only brief sessions. You should be sure of how much time you want to spend with a coach and what you expect from each session. You should also check to see if the timing they are suggesting to train with you works well, for you to avoid future disagreements.