Category: Other Public Speaking Situations
Use passion and the parallel
You didn’t think we’d omit passion here, did you? Sports are the perfect arena in which to reintroduce passion. There are many things to love about sports and many parallels to draw about life. You can find an analogy for just about anything about life in sports.
And it makes sports speeches interesting when you do!
Giving a presentation about sports is arguably easier than many others because sports are rife with great tales, heroic achievements, visual references (“she flew through the air”), common bonds, broad themes (like the World Cup reaching so many people), characters that are easy to describe, and a million other usable aspects.
In fact, you may have noticed by now that we have used sports as a reference here in Pspeak several times already!
If you’re passionate about a sport, and you have the option to make a presentation using sports as opposed to another subject, go for it!
Learn from the Greats
There’s no shortage of great sports speeches from which to learn. Think about it: You might be hard pressed to find a rousing speech on cellular respiration (but that doesn’t mean you can’t give one!). Check out our Great Speeches section and you’ll see what we mean.
You’ll witness speeches given by men and women who are experts at motivating people with words and getting a result.
Use the universal
Yet another great aspect of sports is how universal it can be. Depending on the scale and audience of your speech, you can effectively tap into this universal aspect.
Speak in big, connected terms. Say things like “There are champions in all walks of life that teach us that we’re capable of finding the desire and determination that we need to play our best.”
You might not want to do this for a 5th grade Pee Wee football league, but it will work very well with older kids.
Prepare by Living It
The last recommendation for preparing for your sports speech is to live what you are trying to share to the audience.
If a coach is trying to motivate a bunch of players to work their hardest, give all out effort, and conquer frightening adversaries, it might not come off well if that coach is a nervous couch potato in his own life. Of course, not all coaches can or should start running “sprints” or “taking one for the team”, but some measure of effort to have something in common with the team is advisable. Be sincere, be believable, and walk the walk so when you talk the talk, it’s genuine!