World Series Game 7: Astros vs. Dodgers

This video captures the feeling that athletes feel when going into a do or die situation just like Game 7 of the MLB World Series between the Houston Astros and LA Dodgers.

How to be a Winner…guaranteed!

This weekend is the big championship weekend for many of the baseball teams in my home town.

So, all the hard work they put in during practices, all the skills and lessons they learned during the regular season all come down to the performance this weekend. And especially today, Championship day.

But I encourage all the competitors, coaches and fans to remember one more lesson.

That lesson is one that may be remembered more and have a bigger impact than most.

More than how to hit a curve ball, more than  how to turn a double play, and more than stealing a base.

This lesson is one that if it is not heeded, it can suck the fun out of and steal the joy out of the game.

The lesson is, that no matter what the final score ends up being is it vital to act with class.

WIN with CLASS, LOSE with CLASS.

If a player on the other team makes a great play on a ball you hit. Don’t get mad. Instead tip your cap.

If, in your opinion an umpire misses a call, don’t run out screaming like a mad man. Instead ask questions respectfully and accept their decision.

And if the score is not in your favour at the end of the game, shake hands and wish the other team well in the future games.

WIN with CLASS, LOSE with CLASS

WIN with CLASS, LOSE with CLASS

LOSE with CLASS.

But just as important is to WIN with CLASS.

When you respect your teammates, your coaches, your opponents and the officials, you are winning with class.

When you refrain from trash talking and putting others down, you win with class.

And when you avoid running up the score or taking the extra base  late in a game where you have a huge lead, you are winning with class.

The key fact is this. A couple years down the road most people won’t remember the score of the game.
What they will remember is the friends they meet and the lessons they learn.

And if the lesson you demonstrate is to WIN with CLASS, LOSE with CLASS, then regardless of the score of the game, you will be a winner…guaranteed!

 

Motivational Quote: Super Bowl Inspiration

“The Indianapolis Colts made it to the Super Bowl because they were inspired by their teammates, the New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl because they were inspired by their city.”  – Richard Elmes, The Sales Dating Guy

How to Call an Audible during your Presentation

from Dave Paradi @ http://www.thinkoutsidetheslide.com Dave, the author of “The Visual Slide Revolution, is a master at teaching people how to make their PowerPoint presentations more interesting…and effective.

Call an audible during your presentation  

On Sunday I was watching the AFC Championship game between the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Jets. Even if you are not a football fan, stick with me on this one. I like watching top performers in their fields and in this case I got to watch Peyton Manning, one of the best quarterbacks in football. He is this year’s Most Valuable Player in the NFL.

One thing he does better than any other quarterback is change the play at the line of scrimmage based on what he sees the defence doing. Often, he will line up, call some signals and see how the defence reacts. Then he steps back, decides what changes he wants to make, and runs the play. In football, changing the play at the line of scrimmage is known as calling an audible, meaning the play is changed using an audible signal, not with gestures.

Now this only works because his team has prepared in advance for what he will do. They know the different plays he may end up calling and are prepared for the many possibilities. They adjust based on what the opponent is doing.

So how does this relate to presenting?

The lesson for presenters is to be prepared to call an audible during your next presentation based on the reaction of the audience. Start with your prepared presentation, but if the audience is not reacting the way you expect them to, be prepared to step back and change what you are doing. How can you do this? Here are three ways to call an audible during a presentation.

First, you can anticipate this happening and plan for this in advance by designing a non-linear presentation. Design in modules and ask the audience to direct the sequence of the presentation.

Second, when you realize the audience is not reacting the way they should, press the “B” key on your keyboard to blank the screen. Ask a question of the audience to start a discussion. By engaging them, you will discover what they are thinking and be able to adjust as necessary.

To view Dave’s third (and my favorite tip) along with the rest of the article click here: http://pptideas.blogspot.com/2010/01/call-audible-during-your-presentation.html

 

Motivational Quote: World Series Champions

“The willingness to be unselfish and play the game the right way… that is why we are champions.”  – Joe Girardi, Manager of the World Champion New York Yankees

New York Yankees 2009 World Series Champs

2009 World Series Champion New York Yankees