If you find yourself called upon to speak before students, you may struggle for suitable topics and themes for your presentation. Striving for meaningful material is common for educators and those in other professions who find themselves speaking at schools. With that duly noted, when deciding upon the parameters of your next talk, consider making your presentation sports-related. There are a number of key reasons why this is a wise course of action, as listed below.
They are Relatable
Millions of kids participate in one organized sport or another annually. Because of this high participation rate, discussing sports and recreational activities in a presentation for school groups makes the talk relatable to a wide swath of listeners. Despite the differences between individual games and events: the values, work ethic, and drive needed to compete in any sport remain very similar. Students who compete or participate in organized sports can draw from their own experiences and understand the takeaway message of any talk that is given.
When it comes to presentations by adults for children and teenagers, whether or not the youth can identify with their speaker can easily be the difference between whether a presentation resonates with students or not. The Olympic Games are a great talking point, as they point to a globally recognizable platform for positive behavior and good sportsmanship.
Sportsmanship can often be a difficult concept to explain in the abstract, but there’s nothing quite like the Olympics to help extrapolate the idea. To be standing on the pedestal, decorated in gold, silver, or bronze is obviously the ostensible goal, but scratch the surface and you see that the majority of the world stage on which Olympic athletes compete is one unadorned with prizes. The great majority of Olympic competitors don’t get a medal, but it remains an incredible feat of sportsmanship to take a loss on the chin with the whole world watching. In the Olympics, you don’t see a whole lot of foot stomping, storming away, or negative outbursts.
They Are Authoritative
Research has proven that sports can enhance children’s lives in many different ways. These improvements are not only in the short term, such as an increase in happiness or immediate physical activity and therefore health, but in the long term as well. For example, one long-term benefit of this form of organized physical activity is an increase to that individual’s sense of self-esteem. Students feel value and self worth from excelling or improving at their chosen game or event. Participation in a sport is also shown to lower the incidence of racism among young people as they are taught to be inclusive and exemplify good team values. Due to these far-flung benefits, teachers and others who choose to base a talk on sport-related references increase the authoritative nature of their presentations as they have scientific proof to back up their claims.
If you are being called upon to speak in front of a group of young people, there are great resources available to you — especially if you live in the Richmond, B.C. area. The ROX: The Olympic Experience at the Richmond Olympic Oval is an attraction that specializes in the Olympics and sporting activities, providing historical and modern-day information on a wide range games and activities. They provide family and school friendly information that could benefit any talk. Check out Therox.ca if you’re struggling to find information for your talk or if you would rather hire another professional to do the speaking for you.
Making your next school presentation sport-based in some manner truly will enhance the overall value and effectiveness of your talk, no matter the underlying theme or topic, and a crash course on the ancient and modern-day Olympics might just be the missing piece of the puzzle.