A lesson for speakers from Bill Bradley | Basketball superstar’s life is an inspiration

ByRick Deutsch

A lesson for speakers from Bill Bradley | Basketball superstar’s life is an inspiration

In a recent blog, we mentioned Bill Bradley. He will be the focus of this blog.

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Bill Bradley of Allen & Company is a fellow of MeetUp. FYI, he was a Rhodes Scholar from Princeton, a Senator, an Olympic gold medalist and on the 1965 NCAA All-America Basketball team. He also was a leader of the New York Knicks NBA basketball squad. I was a young kid when I first heard of him. I was a basketball addict and recall when he made the All-America team.

What excited me though, was his book: “A sense of where you are.” He worked with  writer John McPhee on it. He told how a great basketball player just “knew” where the basket was simply by being there. He didn’t have to look to see how far away he was from the hoop.  That gave him an advantage when putting up his famous hook shot to score 2.

Bill Bradley, motivation for speakers

Bill Bradley, motivation for speakers

Like Bradley –cruise ship (and other) speakers need to know where they are. This is confidence. Know where you are on the platform and in life. Be confident that you can deliver a superb talk. Have stories, have images, relate to the audience, don’t make it about you. Be confident in your delivery and get a “sense of where you are.” I’m not talking about where you are in your presentation, but how you are delivering your message for the audience. What are they going to walk away with? Why should they care?

All this is a sense of where you are. Be good. Be the expert. You will succeed. You can get Bradley’s book at Amazon.

 

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