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Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013 8:12 am | Updated: 9:47 am, Fri Feb 15, 2013.

The owner of Impromptu Guru, a Gilbert consulting firm, gave career advice to former NFL players at the 13th annual Player’s Networking Event in New Orleans Saturday.

“You don’t get to that level without the help of many coaches along the way,” said Jill Schiefelbein, owner of Impromptu Guru. “Many times they step into a new environment without any coaching.”

The annual networking event is used to help current and former National Football League players transition into careers after they retire from professional sports.

Schiefelbein told host Ray Ellis, a former NFL player, of the digital radio and television company VoiceAmerica, about how important it is to have the correct image as you move through that transition.

In sports, repetition is everything, she said. Each new skill is executed numerous times in practice before players ever get tested in a game situation.

Learning how to communicate in an effective way is the same, she said.

“It’s all about confidence,” she said. “I want people to gain confidence and I do that by helping them with their presentation and their communication skills.”

And while many professional and collegiate athletes receive some media training and communication skills, its often times not enough, Ellis said.

“It applies to anyone—practice is that secret ingredient to any situation,” she said.

After leaving a full-time position at Arizona State University in June 2011, Schiefelbein opened Impromptu Guru; the company went on to win the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce’s “Rookie of the Year” award in June 2012. Schiefelbein has worked with large organizations and leaders of companies and soon begins hosting her own weekly radio show online.

“I’m really excited to expand the discussion of communication and business into the global radio broadcast space,” Schiefelbein said. “It’s a new avenue for me to reach a wider audience, and for my business to expand its sphere of influence in the business world. Since communication impacts everything we do, I think it’s important that people know how small behaviors can have big effects on their productivity and profitability.”

Her first show will air 8 a.m. April 2 and will continue every Tuesday at 8 a.m. PST, she said. It will air on the host website, as well as iTunes.

For more information about Impromptu Guru, visit

To view the “Handle Your Business” segment, visit Schiefelbein’s segment begins at the 14:00 mark.

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