In high school, you strived to get the cutest boy’s number or the cell of the “OMG most popular girl evaaaa!”
(To be clear, I don’t really talk like this).
In college, apparently, you strive to get Olympic athletes’ numbers. I did not see that one coming.
When I enrolled in the BSU at the Games immersive-learning class, I expected to be talking with athletes from the furthest distance—a few Twitter questions here, maybe a short conversation at the media summit or the Olympic Games. Never did I ever expect to be texting with athletes.
Despite popular belief, Olympic hopefuls really are just people. In fact, they’re people with a brand they’re trying to publicize. Athletes don’t get paid on their #roadtosochi. They only make money when they win medals or gain a sponsor. Therefore, the more publicity they get, even from small college immersive-learning classes, the better they look to sponsors.
It turns out, media summits and Twitter questions are just the start of contact with the athletes. If I looked at my phone now, I would see messages with bobsledders, snowboarders and PR agents. And all I had to do was ask for their contact information.
After one conversation with an athlete or their PR rep, if you need more time to talk with an athlete for a story, you just ask for their number. That’s it. That is literally all you have to do. Again, I did not see that one coming
Well, then contact them as soon as you get back, so they remember who you are.
Maybe I should be getting used to seeing prominent names AND numbers in my personal cell phone, so when I see them or attain a new one, I don’t throw an internal celebration (a celebration that really isn’t internalized so well). But I don’t really see myself becoming more comfortable with that feeling.
Toto, I don’t think we’re in high school anymore.