Staff Training and Development Plan
Create your perfect learning studio. Choose from our library of eCourses or customize your perfect ecourse.
Learning is easy with bite-sized 3-7 minute lessons on a preferred device supported by our customer experience team.
Rate & Report
Track progress and key metrics along the way. Final reports verify the skillsets learners have achieved and completed.
Training and Talent Recruitment Pipeline Plan
Post your positions or projects to our network. Applicants complete training to qualify prior to applying.
Customized training for your needs. Mobilized for training anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Our algorithm finds pre-screened and qualified talent and matches them to your needs.
Rate & Report
Track progress through key reporting metrics. Learners can verify completion through a final report.
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fieldXperience for Organizations
Key Features of our Platform
- A library of skills training courses and the ability to create custom courses
- Branding customization
- Candidate star rating
- Group and forum moderation
- Targeted content creation and delivery
- Flexible implementation models
- Mobile-based programs for flexibility and remote learning
- Algorithm driven opportunity placement with micro-internship opportunities
- Real-time fieldXperience verified reporting to help you manage compliance
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“The ability to address an issue and find a proper solution will separate people. Particularly as fieldXperience individuals, there are problems and circumstances that will require proper decisions, constantly. Going to a superior to make that decision is not always available, but good leaders will appreciate those that have decision making abilities, especially if it falls in line with company policy.”
“I would have started in the business much earlier and allowed myself to participate in every aspect, to get a full understanding of how each component affects one another. A successful event only happens when all parts are working in sync with each other. The keys to success is developing relationship and trust with those working along sides with and allowing for constant communication so everyone is on the same page and there is no confusion.”
“We’re all born with the same 5 traits: Character, Attitude, Drive, Energy, Talent. Understanding yourself well enough to know how these 5 play out daily is crucial. I’d add Initiative and Intuition as very important as well. We can all learn Skills and expand our knowledge. But when I hire someone, I look for those things above, which can’t be taught. “
“Act like it’s your business on the line and remember you are representing yourself as well as everyone you work with. Be early to meetings, use proper etiquette and manners in every situation, and treat everyone as you would like to be treated. Remember, you can learn from every situation and there are so many ways to complete any task, so make sure you load all your experiences in your tool chest, as each situation could require a different approach. Remember, experiences lead to opportunities, so don’t always be guided by money; if you are great at what you do, the money opportunities will come.”
“[If I knew then what I know now…] I would slow down. I would keep my mouth closed more often and keep my ears open. I would spend more time with those who are older and have more experience than me. I would work harder to maintain and enjoy relationships I’ve established – your network is invaluable throughout life, both personally and professionally. I would do meticulous research when it comes to making important decisions and, when I still wasn’t sure, I would go with my gut. I would always choose my morals over money.”
“Get involved at any level of events; all experience is valuable. Engage with everyone you can; be personable, helpful and enthusiastic. You never know which contact is going to remember your good deeds and efforts, that person might be the leader of the next event you want to work with. Never burn a bridge, the event industry is very tight!”
“Patience is definitely a virtue. There usually are no shortcuts. Be open to new ideas and new ways of doing things. Learn to get comfortable with taking some risks. Be consistent. Be thorough. Stay true to who you are. Use your voice. Attract people to you with your positivity and good energy. Stay grounded. Resist the temptation to let a position or a title go to your head. Remember that no one likes to work for jerks. Think of the worst boss ever and be the opposite of them!”
“Skills and character traits that have helped me be successful are confidence, creativity, and courage. Confidence and belief in myself have caused others to believe in me.
As the youngest and only African American woman on our Expanded Senior Staff, I have had to take on a leadership role that can be daunting for some. However, I see it as a great opportunity to learn, lead, and create a legacy [with courage].
Additionally, other skills that have played a role in my success are time management, organizational skills, the ability to meet deadlines under pressure, and flexibility as things are often changing in the sports space.”
“My advice to the next generation is simple: be authentic. There are so many student-athletes and students in the world who may have similar backgrounds to yours, but none of those people are you. Trust in the training and preparation life has given you, and be yourself! Being authentic is how you set yourself apart.”
“I wish I would have developed deeper relationships with my managers and had more mentors that were senior to me. I have several friends that built those relationships who have followed their leaders and mentors to future destinations. I always had great relationships with peers and people who reported to me. And I always had good relationships with my managers. But I should have been more intentional about spending time getting to know my bosses and senior mentors because that would have opened more doors for me.”
“To know that you can realize your life goals in pockets and to embrace the journey, even when there is change or unknowns come into play. Just being your true self and adding unique value to the world is a reflection of your calling. We are here to leave an everlasting impact through our respective unique calling. Make time for introspective and bring all of your unique skill sets and passions to the work that you do and the life you create. Impacting others through the work that we do is the purpose of our existence.”
A piece of encouragement for others on skills and traits to be successful, Sue says, “The same skills and character traits that are in today’s vernacular are what helped me be successful. Grit, persistence, confidence with humility, the ability to consider/incorporate other’s ideas/talents, roll-up-my-sleeves attitude, the desire to treat everyone equally no matter their stature. And when I started leading events, those same skills were utilized.”
If you knew then what you know now what would you have done differently?
“I would’ve taken a different approach at my craft. As opposed to seeking validation from contemporaries and upper level executives, I would’ve sought consumer validation, by going direct to market with all products and services, even on a small scale…”
“I was fortunate to have college mentors that facilitated my getting experience in the industry but realize not everyone is that lucky. fieldX should help level the playing field so more students can get access to the necessary internships and experience in order to land their first full time job.”
“What skills and character traits have helped me be successful?
My most important character trait is trying to always be honest to myself and honest to others, try to be very respectful of the people you encounter, and to listen, be patient and try and understand different points of views of other people…My work ethic, and my ability to overcome obstacles put in front of me have always helped me to keep progressing….”
“if you knew then what you know now…
If I knew that technology and social media would rule the day as it does now, I would have spent more time learning different forms of technology (website design, graphic design, etc.) as I believe anyone with that skill set is setting themselves up for success down the road.”
“fieldX will add specific structure, processes, and quantifiable experience to individuals that previously would have only been able to achieve anecdotal, unstructured, networking opportunities. Unlike previous experiences, fieldX will evaluate a participant’s contributions, and document those is such a way that outstanding performances will be acknowledged / recognized. The experience gained under the fieldX business model will quantify success versus just indicate that participation took place. This distinction will greatly help hiring companies.”
“Character traits that have helped me succeed in the sport and entertainment industry have been vision, determination, curiosity and openness to new experiences, resilience, and always pushing to expand my body of work into new areas of the industry. Success is a journey, not a destination.
fieldXperience is making this journey more accessible than ever for today’s students and young professionals through the multi-discipline aspects of live events.”
“If I would have known that a company like fieldX existed I would have been all over being a part of it when I was in college. The opportunity to work a major event like the Super Bowl and too put that experience on your resume…. that’s the dream! Everything about it [fieldX] is perfect. So many students will be affected in such a positive way.”
“As a former DI swimmer, I know first-hand how hard it is to maintain a balance between school and practice, let alone adding in an internship. I was limited in my search for internships based on restrictions placed on my practice / competition schedule, which was not the ideal. fieldX is providing opportunities that are not necessarily a “9-to-5” and allow for more flexibility for student-athletes. In addition, fieldX has focused their model around gamification, which is something that IdeaQuest has studied the benefits of and has started implementing these principals into strategic sales incentive programs. I can definitively say that gamification compliments a student-athlete’s mindset and places them in a structured environment, where they can thrive.”
“The skills and character traits that have helped me to be successful is being a good human being and treating everyone with respect whether I agreed with them or not. Relationships are an important aspect in life, learning as much as you can and building those relationships is the best advice I could give the next generation to become successful.”
“I needed all the help I could get as a kid. I was never a great student so I hung out with the smartest kids in class. I wanted to be successful so I hung out with kids from successful families. Eventually I realized I could manifest the life I wanted by surrounding myself with people who possessed the qualities I wanted. If you want to be funny, hang out with funny people. If you want to be successful surround yourself with successful people. If you want to be rich, hang out with rich people.
I believe we are the average of the 5 people we associate with the most. Think about that for a second. If you don’t wake up every morning inspired to be a better version of yourself because of your 5 then you might need to re-think your group.”
“From playing college basketball, playing professional basketball in the NBA, then to my current teaching and coaching endeavors I have carried an abundant amount of best practices and skills along the way. My drive, hustle, and work ethic, as well as my ability to spot and recognize trends yet embrace the old school and traditional methods of engagement are what have driven my success.”
“Oh Lord, I started out in this business back in the dark ages…1977. The only sports management program in the country was just getting started back then at Ohio U. It truly was a different world…not necessarily a bad one, just VERY different. For example, in my first 5 years of being in the venue/ event business, I did stints in everything from production to box office to merch sales to concessions to basic facility and event operations. It truly was baptism by fire…jump in and learn; skin your knees; live and learn from your mistakes and by watching others. What fieldX offers in terms of opportunities in the sports and events business now is light years beyond anything I could have imagined way back then. For someone starting out now, fieldX is going to be a requisite just to have the chance to get your foot in the door in today’s competitive environment. As Nike might suggest, Just do it!”
“If I knew then what I know now… that every personal or business relationship has a purpose I would have maintained contact and continued to network with everyone I have met throughout my career. You never know when you will need someone’s help or who your next boss will be. Be kind and respectful because everyone has value.”
Having been a coach for 44 years, it is very clear to me how badly the program by fieldX is needed. Their platform is an innovative solution that allows students and employees to be coached like never before. I know the co-founder of fieldX, Sharyn Outtrim and she has always found ways to innovate, empower, and deliver world-class talent. She is truly a breath of fresh air and her love and passion is to help others. She is the epitome of a reach coach, which I describe below.
The word coach was first used back in the 1500’s…in England. A coach was a horse-drawn carriage used to transport a person of importance form where her o she is to where he or she wants to be, could be, needs to be, or ought to be going.
“The beauty of fieldX is that you’ll have steadying hands around you as you learn the ropes. School is a pretty linear affair. Read the book, go to class, take the test etc. Whereas, some of what you will be engaged in will come at you from several directions at the same time. No reason to fret…but remember, this is where you learn to make judgments and decisions based on imperfect & incomplete information. Welcome to the club! But fieldX will provide some guard rails and insights as you make your way.”
As a student at Indiana University, I set a goal for myself to have professional work experience year-round until I graduated. To achieve this tough goal I knew that I needed to look all over to find and sometimes create opportunities. Many of the best opportunities are not posted on job boards and require hard work/networking for one to uncover them. I was fortunate enough to be connected with Sharyn Outtrim back in 2010. Soon after we met, I was fortunate to get the opportunity to gain professional experience working with her at the 2010 Final Four. Using that as a springboard, I was able to work with Sharyn at numerous events until I graduated from college in 2012.
Whether I am speaking in a class at Indiana or casually talking with students at various professional events, I always let them know how lucky I was to have such great work experiences and the importance of utilizing all of your resources to create your own opportunities. Many students do not get work experience because they only look for posted internships or formal opportunities, but very few go seek out other opportunities or ways to gain valuable knowledge and experience. It is so important to get yourself out there and just ask for the opportunities to work/learn through volunteering or at networking events. The skills I gained from my experiences prepared me for the next steps in my life through job interviews and eventually full-time employment. By developing this centralized platform, fieldXperience is going to be a game-changer for students.
“I’ve worked with Sharyn and her team for many years and I have never found a more professional consummate executive. She is so well-connected and always manages the most incredible well-run events. I think she is the absolute best person to oversee such an exciting organization such as fieldXperience. We look forward to having her and Dr. Joey-Lynn’s team of exceptional students assist us again with the Amer-I-Can golf tournament and dinner at Super Bowl LIV in Miami”
Early on, I was afraid of the uncomfortable – in particular, moving to a new city or taking a new position that was not in my skill-set, as examples. As a result, I missed out on opportunities that I didn’t realize until much later.
Mom and dad are a phone call away. Significant others will understand. You’ll make new friends. You’ll learn the skills you need to survive and succeed. In this industry, if you don’t seize the opportunity, someone else will.
I didn’t know squat, but I sure acted like I did. I wanted to make sure that my opinion was heard, regardless of whether it was warranted. “Two ears, one mouth”, as an old boss told me. “You need to listen with the intent to absorb, NOT the intent to respond.”
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