Refuse to lose your next presentation with these Super Bowl inspired speaking warm ups

The annual Super Bowl lends itself to all sorts of lessons for entrepreneurs. Watching Sunday Fun-day is a crash course in marketing tips from the multi-million dollar ads to the genius strategies of the businesses behind them.

The same tactics used to win football games can even help you win at business. But when do all executives need to win the day? Presentations.

Public speakers need to bring their A-game to a presentation--just like the players at the Super Bowl. It's do or die, down to the wire when you walk out on the field or the stage.

Super Bowl players have preparation techniques for optimal performance. Speakers can adapt those best practices for equally high stakes performances: speaking engagements.

Most live events have the capacity to teach the savvy speaker-in-training, and the Super Bowl is no exception. Strap on your uniform and grab your mic--it's game day. But first... let's warm up.

Here are three warm-up tips inspired by Super Bowls past and present:

1. Channel Pregame Jitters

Football players tend to feel a little pressure when they get ready to walk on the field during a Super Bowl. Super Bowl 50 was, at one time, the most-watched television program in the history of television (it has since been eclipsed by the Game 7 championship in the most recent NBA Finals).

You know what the pros do with their nerves before a big game? They turn that anxiety into excitement.

As a speaker, you can do the same. Instead of fighting the physiology of your body and its fight-or-flight response, use the similarity between flight and fight to fight--just like the pros do.

Sports psychologist Charlie Maher believes football players experience anxiety all season long, and that keeping their usual routine helps players stay focused mentally and emotionally before a big game like the Super Bowl.

Think like a winning athlete before by channeling nervous energy into usable energy. Tell yourself "I'm pumped up! I can't wait to share my message!" Leave any limiting self-beliefs on the side lines by creating a pre-presentation mantra that you're excited to get on stage. The difference between bringing your speaking A game and looking like a nervous wreck may be as simple as your own inner dialogue.

2. Physically Warm Up

Being psychologically prepared is one thing, but a speaker's instrument is her voice and body, just as a football player's instrument is his body.

The Atlanta Falcons, who are about to play in their first Super Bowl since 1998, incorporate the psychological with the physical by getting excited and warmed-up with their pregame routine.

A thorough warm-up ensures you enter your presentation space loose and relaxed--nervous energy lives in your muscles. Warm-ups are just as useful for your body as your voice to let all of that tension out, saving you from freezing up on stage.

Find a private place before you present to stretch, shake and jump up and down. Any physical activity that gets your blood flowing and your muscles moving will help you feel energized yet grounded when you speak. Add in a few tongue twisters, facial stretches and yawns to warm up your mouth and you'll soon be speaking like a seasoned actor.

3. Review Your Playbook and Strategize

Just as football teams review the plays they need to win, you need to go over the items that will make you succeed.

Coaches eyeball the fieldbefore any play commences. They help the team become acquainted with the space and where they will be executing each movement. Speakers should do the same, guaranteeing their speech isn't the first time they've assessed their environment.

Get there early and take a lap around the area. Where should you stand to best engage your audience? Is your technology set up and working properly?

Coach Don Shula who led the Miami Dolphins to two Super Bowl wins had this to say about his pregame speeches to his teams: "What you try to do is do the things that got you to where you are... you don't want to be someone that you're not. The thing I tried to do is summarize what it took to get there."

This Super Bowl, be sure to watch the game with a careful eye. Take note of the players' best practices and keep them in mind for your next presentation. If all else fails, football might help you sweat more in preparation, bleed less in battle.

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6 words you never knew you were saying wrong

1. Comptroller

"Comp-troll-er. It's easy. How can you get it wrong? This word fascinated us since there is a total disconnect between the apparently simple spelling and the completely different pronunciation. It's con-troll-er. The 'mp' is replaced by an 'n'. This is because the word actually comes from the Middle English counteroller (a person who checks a scroll copy), so it is really controller, (which is often used interchangeably with comptroller)."

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2. Coup de grâce

"This is one of those French phrases that you say wrong when you try a little too hard to sound, well, French. The temptation is to say "coo-de-GRAH," since we know that final consonants are often pronounced in French. But that's wrong here. The ending 'ce,' as an 's' sound, should be pronounced: Coo-de-GRAHS."

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4. For all intents and purposes

"This phrase interests us because so many people say, wrongly, 'for all intensive purposes.' This is a great example of what's called an eggcorn, a sound-alike stand-in for the correct word or phrase. 'Intensive purposes' sounds right. But when you compare its meaning to 'intents and purposes,' you can see that sounding right doesn't mean it is right. 'Intensive' is an adjective meaning vigorous or exhaustive. 'Intents' is a noun meaning purpose. So they are obviously not interchangeable. Putting aside its misuse, this phrase is often frowned upon as an overused cliche."

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5. Remuneration

"Here the temptation is to flip the 'm' and the 'n' and say 're-NOOM-err-ay-shuhn' instead of the correct 're-MYOO-nuh-ray-shun'. It just seems right that way, maybe because the word is about payments and numbers and 'noom' sounds like the 'num' in number, while 'myoo' seems strange to put in the middle of a word. It's an extremely common problem."

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6. Restaurateur

"This is one of our favorites because it was a shock when we learned how it is pronounced. An editor of ours made some comment about liking to work with us because we were the kind of people who knew, of course, that it was 'restaurateur'
rather than 'restauranteur.' 'Of course,' we said, 'ha-ha, we know that.' But that was the first we'd heard of it. We'd been saying 'restauranteur' all along."

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