Women in sport advocate Carol Fox on adapting to preferred communication styles

Carol Fox

Football Victoria held their Community in Business (CIB) Kick-Off Breakfast event recently, with a topic of discussion being on responding to the preferred communication preferences of an individual transmitting a message via email or phone call, as well as talking about the significance for The Home of the Matildas.

One of the panel representatives present at the event was women in sport advocate and communication expert, Carol Fox. She discussed her book Confident Communication for Leaders that she was the co-author of – providing the most effective methods for confident communication, including the ability to communicate through various platforms on the phone and email.

“Emails are really interesting when talking about communication because the problem with an email is you never get to see how it actually lands, so one of the reasons why we need rapport with our team members and our clients, if we ask a team member to do something if they like us they will do it for us, but emails are actually the one place where we lose rapport and we don’t even know,” she said.

“My lesson over the years in watching audiences has been in an ideal world you mirror how they start their email, how they finish their email and just leave the ‘cheers’ until someone cheers you.

“When talking about communication styles, there will be some people who would much prefer an email to a phone call, so it really comes down to what we enjoy and l think that’s the key with rapport – enter your clients model of the world, so if they like emails use email, if they like a phone call even if it’s not my favourite way of communicating then l pick up the phone.”

Fox then spoke about The Home of Matildas which is the largest football-specific infrastructure project in Australia’s history, the significance it will be for the sport, an elite facility made by women and for women.

“The most important thing is that football is competing against other sports so we need to be up there and providing facilities so that this sport is attractive to athletes.

“For our young girls to go there and see the Matildas, for them to see that and say ‘that’s what l want to be’ will be huge to have a stadium that’s being built for them, it’s about attracting them to the game and keeping them.”

Carol Fox remains a prominent and vocal advocate for an individual to be self-assertive when it involves tools for leadership giving women a platform to stand on and a presence on the field, in the workplace and in the boardroom.

Her book Confident Communication for Leaders can be ordered here.

Newcastle Jets’ new owners add key pieces for upcoming season

Newcastle Jets’ new owners, Maverick Sports Partners, have hired Ken Schembri as General Manager of Football and Ben Hawes as General Manager of Commercial, Digital and Marketing for this upcoming season.

The appointment of Schembri and Hawes reaffirms Maverick Sports Partners’ intent to invest in high-quality resources, which should excite Newcastle fans for this upcoming season.

Schembri had previously worked with the reigning champions, the Central Coast Mariners, being an essential part of establishing the Central Coast Mariners Football Academy and their Centre of Excellence when he joined in 2014.

Schembri will manage the A-League Men’s roster, oversee player performance and development, and handle recruitment for all football departments.

The Mariner’s Academy has produced many young and exciting Australian talent including Garang Kuol and Max Balard who have all gone to join clubs in Europe after their time in Gosford. Schembri has most recently played a key role in Central Coast’s recent success as Head of Football.

Maverick Sports Partners Director Maurice Bisetto commented about the new additions.

“We are excited to have both Ken and Ben join the Newcastle Jets team. They will be integral to the strategy and direction of the Club’s New Era, providing expertise and support, on and off the pitch,” said Bisetto in a club statement.

These two joined the Jets after the club were bought by the Australian company only last month.

Hawes has prior experience in Sponsorship, Marketing and Content roles at the National Rugby League, Sportsbet, BlueBet and Sydney FC.

Hawes will focus on expanding and diversifying the clubs commercial revenue streams which includes growing the sponsorship portfolio. He will also deal with commercialising the club’s digital channels as well as implementing new marketing and fan engagement strategies.

Due to these recent moves, Newcastle have the potential to produce exciting Australian talent and grow its brand across the league which will help the club continue to improve both on and off the pitch and ultimately strengthen their stability for future seasons.

Football Coaches Australia and Martyn Buckie team up for ‘Benefits of Micro Coaching Sessions’

Football Coaches Australia (FCA) and Martyn Buckie will host an online session on Monday, July 29 at 7:30pm AEST.

As part of ‘Benefits of Micro Coaching Sessions’, Buckie will present insights on the benefits of micro coaching sessions for children and youth coaches.

Coaches will get a full understanding on what ‘Micro Sessions’ are and how to implement them into training sessions. He will explain the benefits they provide to both players and coaches and how to design effective ‘Micro Session’ practices.

Buckie is currently the ‘Grassroots Coach Education and Development Manager’ with the Scottish Football Association. He is a UEFA A Licence and Scotttish Advanced Children’s Licence holder. In addition, he is also the advanced Children’s Licence Tutor and Course Manager.

He has a wealth of practical coaching experience as Academy Coach at both Stenhousemuir FC and Falkirk FC.

Attendance to this event will qualify for one-hour CPD with Football Australia.

Sign up via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/martyn-buckie-benefits-of-micro-coaching-sessions-tickets-940768212047?aff=oddtdtcreator

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