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Insights: How to Avoid Common Mistakes in Your Job

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Question

Submitted by: WISE NYC Metro member | Up to 6 years professional experience

What are some of the common mistakes women in the sports business make?

Answer

The mistakes I've seen usually revolve around women thinking they have to behave like the guys to be accepted. By that I mean adopting a macho type attitude when dealing with others.

I have also seen women, in a room full of men, shrink back into their seats when challenged on an issue, especially when a comment is made like, "Well, you have never played a sport at the highest level, so how would you know?"

Women need to be professional, know your stuff, and be assertive.

Jane Hollman

About Jane Hollman

Jane Hollman has more than 25 years experience in senior human resources roles at large multinationals and sports across Asia Pacific and the United States. Currently a career coach, she helps business leaders and university students think through their career paths. Hollman is passionate about creating flexible, innovative work places and mentors women looking to start their own businesses. She is also a freelance writer covering the business of sports for publications such as Women Talking Sports.

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