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Presentation Skills Lessons From the US Open Tennis Grand Slam

on June 24 at 12:49 PM
Presentation Skills Lessons From the US Open Tennis Grand Slam


Recently, I attended the U. S. Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY. I saw some great matches and players, including Rafael Nadal, Sam Querrey, Us Open Tennis 2022 David Nalbandian, Samantha Stosur, James Blake (from Fairfield, CT! ) and John Isner.
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I love watching tennis - and I think there are lessons from tennis that can apply to presentation skills:

PRACTICE IS REQUIRED
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are two of the best tennis players in the world and they practice for several hours a day. They never say, "I'm good enough, I don't need to practice anymore. "

The same is true for presentations - if you want to give a powerful and effective presentation, you have to practice. The more comfortable you become at giving presentations, the more focused your practice becomes as you learn what specific aspect of the presentation you still have to work on.

MENTAL ATTITUDE IS KEY
During a match, what the player tells himself or herself is important, especially when they're down a set and facing a tough opponent. If a player thinks, "I can't beat this opponent; I'm going to lose, " it will be very difficult to overcome that mindset and win. Instead, when a player uses positive self-talk, "Yes, I can do this! " along with an energetic fist pump in the air, he or she is better able to access their skills, step up their game and have a shot at winning.

Likewise, what you tell yourself when you present is also important. If you drown out the negative voice in your head and instead, use a positive phrase or mantra, you'll be able to present more effectively and confidently.

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