Professional Sports Speakers

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Why is there such demand for professional sports speakers? Experts in the field of event planning offer a few possible explanations, one of which is pure visibility. In a culture that prizes its quarterbacks and point guards almost as much as its fire-fighters and surgeons, it's no wonder that people travel from near and far to learn what it takes to throw a perfect spiral or shred a defense. Of course, these skills have corollaries in the so-called "real" world, which is the second major reason professional sports speakers get hired.

Many of the traits we admire most in athletes are the ones we'd wish for ourselves. The temerity to stay in the pocket and take the hit in order to complete the pass is really just a form of sacrifice. Any cubicle-dweller who's been asked to forsake credit or personal glory on a team project in the name of higher sales figures can already relate. Meanwhile, the audacity a point guard requires to leap over a seven-footer and dunk a Spalding is not unlike the courage needed to ask a supervisor for a long-awaited raise.

What Professional Sports Speakers Can Teach Us

There are countless other lessons that professional sports speakers can impart, and their audiences needn't have had torn muscles to appreciate them. A perennial pine-rider (that's bench player, for the athletically disinclined) can teach hot-shot office dynamos a thing or two about team play. At the very least, perhaps these "alpha" types will stop on their way to the water cooler next time and thank their supporting casts for making them look so good.

Pro athletes can also draw on personal experience to discuss issues of fear, anxiety, or outright panic. Often it's not until years later, after they've finished basking in the glow of superstardom, that many top sports figures can discuss with candor the paralysis and humiliation triggered by a million camera bulbs and a chorus of boos respectively. Suddenly, these "untouchables" seem a lot more human and by extension, a lot more fallible than we'd ever imagined, thereby casting them not as popinjays or showboats but as sympathetic characters to whom we may better relate.

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