Israel Folau in no rush to decide his rugby future

first_imgThe superstar fullback is off contract at the end of 2018 and even the lure of a second Rugby World Cup appearance next year may not be enough to keep Folau in the 15-man code.       “Look, it’s something I enjoyed last time around. But, in saying that, there’s plenty of options on the line and, when that time comes, I’ll make a decision when I’m ready,” Folau said on Wednesday.     “There’s no rush. I want to make sure everything is set in position and I feel comfortable and I’ll come out and make that announcement.”            The only three-times winner of the John Eales Medal as Australian rugby’s premier player, Folau commands upwards of $1 million a season, with not only cashed-up clubs in Europe and Japan circling.       A rugby league Test representative at just 18, a multiple State of Origin series victor with Queensland and a grand final winner with Melbourne as a teenager, Folau is also undoubtedly once more in the sights of NRL clubs. A move from the NSW Waratahs to the Auckland-based Blues is also not out of the question after Folau married New Zealand netball star Maria Tutaia last November.             The threat of losing its No.1 drawcard and match winner will surely sound alarm bells at Rugby Australia.              At 28, Folau is at the peak of his powers physically, but still hopes to take his football to new heights.”I feel really good. Physically, my body’s in good shape and I feel good and I feel mentally good as well,” said the 62-Test stalwart ahead of the Waratahs’ Super Rugby hosting of the Melbourne Rebels on Sunday.”I just feel like I’m happy with parts of my game but certainly I’m never satisfied fully. I’m alwayswanting to get better.”               After helping the Wallabies reach the 2015 World Cup final, Folau indicated the global showpiece wasn’t the be-all and end-all when asked if Japan 2019 was a big enough carrot to ensure his future lay in rugby.   He is placing no time frame on any announcement.        “I’m pretty comfortable in terms of my position and where everything is going,” he said.             “There’s no rush from my end. My management – like I’ve said so many times in the past – are always doing a lot of work in the background.”I haven’t really thought about it too much. My job obviously is solely here on what I can do with the team here and my mind’s obviously on the game on Sunday.”last_img read more

How to Perfect Your Elevator Pitch

first_imgelevator pitchIn a post for Young Entrepreneur, Matthew Toren instructs on how to perfect your elevator pitch.“Knowing precisely what you’re going to say at the precise moment anybody asks, “So, what do you do?” will set you apart from most other business people out there,” he writes.Toren says that your elevator speech should be so succinct that you are able to more than adequately respond to the asker’s question within the few moments of an average elevator ride.(See The 30 Second Elevator Speech)It should also set you apart from your competition, why you’re better, and what special attributes set you apart.Stay on Your ToesToren says your pitch should be fresh, current and avoid repeition.“As your industry changes and the goals of your company or your own personal business shift, it’s vital that you update your pitch,” he writes.Have a BackupToren suggests having two or three current and slightly different elevator speeches in your back pocket at all times.(See 10 Concepts Many Successful Entrepreneurs Have Mastered)Change it UpIt’s important to remember, he says, although you’ll likely have to repeat your pitch hundreds of times, your words still need to make an impact.“A glazed-over expression on your audience is probably a good indicator that it’s time to review your once-effective speech,” he writes.Swing through the PitchIf you do manage to nail your speech, he says, you must follow through to also land that new client, referral partner, or colleague.“Your follow-through after you’ve delivered the speech of a lifetime is just as important to capturing the respect or business, or hopefully both, of this newly impressed individual,” he writes.For more on the perfect elevator speech, read Toren’s full post here.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more