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On This weeks Lineup:

12 Pieces of Advice for New Grads

Chef Irvine & Darryl Cobbin serve up Grade-A Advice 

College Football is Back, so get your signs ready


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5 Pieces of Advice for New Grads From the MELT U Podcast That Everyone Should Take

In preparing for the job search, we’ve found that experienced professionals often have a lot of great advice to dispense (also some not-so-great advice, but that’s an article for another day).

 So, with that in mind, Vince asked our MELT U Podcast guests what wisdom they’d bestow on recent grads. And upon reading all the tips, we couldn’t help but think that anyone—and really everyone—should read them, too. So with no further ado, here are our favorites:

1. Remember These Four Words: “Be positive, principled, pro-active, and productive.” David Pollack

2. Discover Yourself: “Consider this job a journey to learn about yourself. The purpose is to grow as a human being, to discover what you’re good at, what you love to do, and what you dislike.” Tracy Wolfson

3. Be open to change: “Don’t get discouraged when a job you want does not pan out for you. It just opens up doors to other opportunities.” Greg Sankey

4. Keep Moving Forward: “Learn to hear feedback and never let it fester. Instead, consider it, take what works, and move on.” Allen Greene

5. Make Connections: “Your biggest asset is your network.” Rece Davis




Catch up on all of the MELT U Podcasts here – new podcasts posted bi-weekly on Spotify and iTunes!


MELT U Episode #46: Robert Irvine is a world-class chef, fitness authority, author, and philanthropist. Robert pioneered a new genre of programming for Food Network with his extreme cooking challenge show, Dinner: Impossible, which ran for 7 seasons and over 100 episodes. He parlayed that success into the even more popular Restaurant: Impossible, which continues today. Robert doesn’t just renovate restaurants and retrain staff in record time, he counsels owners through personal problems that were destroying their businesses. On average, 1.2 million viewers tune in on a weekly basis. Follow him on Twitter @RobertIrvine  LISTEN HERE

MELT U Episode #45: Darryl Cobbin is the CEO and Managing Partner for the Brand Positioning Doctors. The Brand Positioning Doctors are a specialized brand building and brand positioning firm that focuses exclusively on developing a laser-sharp Brand Architecture and Positioning. He is also Co-Host and Executive Producer for “Brands, Beats, and Bytes” – Covers insightful points of view and incredible stories on what’s popping and not popping in marketing, tech, and culture you can use to win immediately. Follow him on LinkedIn         LISTEN HERE

MELT U Podcast Series September Schedule

Still to come this summer on the MELT U Podcast series…

Tuesday 9/15
Dennis Dodd, incredibly talented CBS Sports Senior Reporter and hockey fan

Thursday  9/17
David Adler, Chairman, and Founder of BizBash, North America’s No. 1 source of ideas, news, and resources for event and meeting professionals

Tuesday 9/22
Eric Jackson, Sports Business Reporter for the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta’s source for local business news

Thursday 9/24
Michael Smith, College Sports Business Reporter and NCAA Basketball Insider

Tuesday 9/29
Randy Bernard, Garth Brooks’s Manager, yes THE GARTH BROOKS!





Expand your horizons with our curated collection of helpful articles, videos, and other essential recommendations.

Here’s how you can be a virtual fan for ‘College GameDay’ on ESPN, so get your signs ready: “ESPN announced this week its plan to have virtual fans part of the show. You can join Rece Davis, Desmond Howard, Kirk Herbstreit, and Lee Corso from home. You can enter here.”

The Masters to finish early to accommodate NFL, college football broadcasts: “The final two rounds of the postponed Masters tournament will be given an earlier-than-usual finish to accommodate National Football League and college football games also being broadcast by CBS Sports that weekend.” READ MORE


Amazon announces a virtual career fair offering 33,000 new jobs: “Amazon is inviting the public to take part in a virtual career fair next week where prospective hires can submit resumes for its corporate and tech divisions as the retailing juggernaut continues its expansion during the COVID-19 pandemic.” READ MORE




Weekly Web series on YouTube hosted by Vince Thompson, covering the business of sports and the business of college sports


The MeltDown Ep. 7: Trevor Lawrence & The Players Bill of Rights! In this week’s #MELTDOWN Vince Thompson advocates for college players to receive compensation for their Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL)! Watch Here






Vince and virtual MELT U are heading to a campus near you soon!

Thursday 9/17: UGA Grady APR Connection Panel

Thursday 9/24: Auburn CLA Career Day, Vanderbilt Career Fair

Monday 9/28: Georgia Tech Student-Athletes Career Fair

Wednesday 9/30: Clemson IPTAY Student Advisory Board

Tuesday 10/8: Buckhead Club

Tuesday 10/20: Auburn Guest Lecture

Thursday 10/22: UAB Collat Employer Chat

Wednesday 10/28: Georgia Tech Athlete Virtual Career Fair

Tuesday 11/17: UGA PRSSA Virtual ZOOM

Book a live or virtual keynote or training session with Vince Thompson, MELT Founder, and CEO! Hear from Vince on a variety of topics such as career development skills, student-athlete branding, collegiate sports marketing, and more! LEARN MORE



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What’s MELT? 

It’s a high-powered sports marketing agency that’s based in Atlanta and works with the world’s biggest brands, teams, and events. MELT, which I founded in 2000, has become one of the nation’s leading sports marketing agencies, including a 20-year representation of The Coca-Cola Company, the activation of 17 (would have been 18) consecutive Final Fours, seven seasons of ESPN College GameDay, AFLAC’s sponsorship of The Southeastern Conference (SEC) and much more. We have won a collective 20 industry awards since 2017, including CEO of The Year, Event Marketer IT list of Top 100 Event Marketing Agencies, Chief Marketer’s Top 200 agencies, and many more. MELT and I sit in a unique position in the sports and college sports marketplace, offering insight into the significant business issues in sports and college sports.

What’s MELT U?
It’s a one-of-a-kind virtual internship program offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the world of sports marketing. This Summer MELT U educated 1,100 students with 50 podcasts of industry leaders, live Lunch & Learns from my upcoming book, “Build Brand YOU.”  MELT U will now extend the offerings to be year-round and to include newsletters, video series, seminars, student-athlete branding, and much more.