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Pershing’s INSITE 2017 conference in San Diego had some extra fans this year, as Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took the stage for the final session on June 16. Rodgers wrapped up three days of sessions on leadership, investing, technology and more that drew about 2,000 financial professionals, and likely some Packer fans. (Rodgers filled in for tennis star Serena Williams.)

Rodgers, who was interviewed by Pershing Advisor Solutions CEO Mark Tibergien, told the crowd that, “When you play in a Titletown, they expect titles. I hope to get back there soon.”

To these nuggets, Rodger adds: be a really good notetaker. He says he is always listening to what the coaches and players say about certain game strategies or plays they like to run. “Be as engaged as they are,” the quarterback said.  

The two-time Most Valuable Player also says that being aware of one’s image and public persona all the time is extremely important for leaders. “As the face of the franchise, I don’t want to be in the headlines, be in the wrong place at the wrong time or make the organization look bad,” he explained.

“You’ve got to find out what apps they are in and follow them on Instagram …,” he said. It’s about learning “what makes them tick and what they are into, so you can figure out how to motivate them – what buttons to push on … to see how people are inspired.

When asked about the current trend in kids sports to give out trophies to all players and teams, rather than trophies just to the winners, Rodgers said he sees participation trophies “as garbage” – adding “I never had one.”

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