I just returned from my first National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Convention. Over 1600 college, high school, and travel coaches from around the country gathered in Las Vegas for the annual opportunity to learn, share, and network. I had no idea what to expect when I checked in at the conference registration desk at Bally’s, but I quickly learned this was going to be a unique experience.
I have attended many conferences throughout my business career that were mandatory for my continued employment. From what I could tell, almost all of the NFCA convention attendees were there because they wanted to learn from their peers at the various educational sessions, share their personal experiences with other coaches who were looking for new ideas and wisdom, and take advantage of the many networking opportunities. I was there for the same reasons.
I’m always a sucker for a good speaker. I do a lot of public speaking, so I appreciate anyone who has the courage to get up in front of 1600 peers to tell them something new and interesting. Here are three of the many speakers who I thought did a great job informing and/or encouraging an audience eager to listen and learn.
Melissa (Missy) Frost—Head Coach, University of Indianapolis