What public speakers can learn from the NFL


This weekend will be the last time we see NFL football until next season. I know some folks who will start going thru withdrawals on Monday morning, and some who have already started (since their team isn't playing in the big game).

But this is what every NFL player works so hard to reach. The big game. The SuperBowl.

For most of us, we get excited because we know there'll be tons of crazy commercials to talk about. Videos we'll watch all week on YouTube.

But the players don't care about those videos.

They're watching something else.

If you're anything like me, you can't stand to see yourself in pictures or video. We're our own worst critic. I get that.

But as a public speaker, there's a lesson we can take from the NFL.

You see, they spend countless hours watching game film. They're watching videos of themselves to see where their weaknesses are.

They're watching videos of their opponents to see where their weaknesses are.

They watch, and they watch, until it shapes every one of their thoughts about their own performance this weekend.

So let me ask you this…

When was the last time you asked for a recording (or even asked someone to record you), so that you could watch (more than once) yourself give a talk, to see what you could do to improve?

I started doing that a couple years ago and it's helped. Not just once. It's a continual source of education to see what I can do to improve my engagement with an audience.

And honestly, that's about as close as I'll ever get to an NFL player.