Attention Getter and Relate to Audience: I believe in the tapping of cleats, the thud off basketball, the crack of a baseball, and the boom off starting pistol. I believe in the roar of the crowd, and the silence off pre-game prayer. I believe In brotherhood, leadership, and excellence. 2. Establish Credibility: As a child I spent my weekends and summers traveling to wrestling, basketball, and baseball tournaments. As I grew older and the time commitments grew larger, I spent my mornings before school fitting and my afternoons at practice.
What seemed like every day of my high school athletic career I was trying to better myself to become the best athlete that I could be. 3. Thesis Statement: Athletics have taught me many valuable life lesson and thus, I believe In the power of sports. 4. Preview of Main Points: While sports have taught me multiple life lessons, this morning I will be discussing three specific areas: teamwork, leadership, and perseverance. Transition: Without teamwork there is no team, and as we have been told a million times before, there is no I in team. Body of Speech: 1 _ Teamwork a.
Working together to achieve the same goal I. As a running back you cannot gain yards without an offensive line. You can’t make a play at home plate without a catcher, and you can’t catch a football without a quarterback. Playing a sport teaches you how to work as a one cohesive unit to achieve your ultimate goal. II. Whenever we lost a game, one of the contributing factors was the fact that we did not play together as one. Ill. Outside of sports, for example, doctors In the operating room need their team of nurses to work together s one to ensure that their surgery is successful. Lb.
Coos need their management, accounting, and marketing teams to work and build off one another to run a successful company. B. Support I. As a team, you always had someone there to cheer you up after a loss or celebrate with you after a win. II. If I had an Issue outside of sports there was always someone I could turn too. I considered many of my teammates as my brothers, and to this day I live with one of my high school teammates here in State College. Transition: When you put a group of diverse people with varying personalities on a rout, field, or track there can be chaos or success, which is why every team needs a leader. . Leadership Skills I. Sports have taught me various leadership skills that I use now, and will use in the future. It. As a future Army Officer, I feel that the leadership lessons learned while participating in sports will greatly assist me in the future. B. Communication I. Playing sports helps people to develop the ability to communicate with one another it. For example, in baseball the pitcher and catcher must find a way to communicate using only signals. Iii. In football, the coaches or leaders of the team must be able to successfully communicate the plays to the rest of the team to have any kind of success. V. People who play sports learn how to present their ideas effectively as well as gaining the leadership capacity of listening to others. V. These skills can be applied to any type of work setting whether formal or informal. V’. If a CEO cannot communicate the company’s mission to his subordinates then the mission will not be met. C. Empathy I. One additional leadership quality sports have taught me is empathy. It. Being able to put yourself in your teammate’s shoes is something that most people don’t think about, but as a leader this must be considered. Ii. Without empathy there is no trust, and without trust there is no success. ‘v. Consider it this way, if you did not trust me would you follow me into battle? I think most would answer no, so as a leader off sports team it is crucial to feel empathy for your teammates. Transition: In life or sports the margin for error comes down to inches, which is why perseverance is a key attribute. 3. Perseverance a. Winning and Losing I. In every game, life or sports the margin for error is so small that there is always going to be mistakes. It.
Sports have taught me that if you aren’t willing to overcome certain obstacles you aren’t going to be successful. Iii. In sports you must learn to persevere, adapt, and overcome. ‘v. This is the same in life. If you aren’t willing to take what life has to throw at you and instead accept defeat, you are not going to be prosperous. V. Losing in sports teaches individuals to persevere, and to overcome the circumstances, so that next time they can be successful. Transition: Through countless practices, wind sprints, lifting sessions, and workouts I have learned these lessons.
Conclusion: 1. Signal of Conclusion and Summary of the Main Points: The three life lessons I just discussed have already had an impact on my life and I am confident that they will continue having an impact on my life in the future. 2. Summarize Key Points: Sports will teach you many lessons that you will use in life, and I credit my athletics to shaping me into the man I am today. This is why I believe in teamwork, leadership, and perseverance. 3. Finishing Line: I believe in the power of sports.