Speaking Advice from Billie Jean King
Listen to this NPR interview with tennis legend Billie Jean King:
When Dave Davies asks what advice she has about the mental game of tennis, she responds:
And of course I have two sayings when I teach tennis, or – and that is pressure is a privilege, and champions adapt or adjust. And I try to tell people, particularly young people, that champions in life, all we’re doing is adapting. We adapt as we go through each day.
So many of my clients fear public speaking because they are worried they will make a mistake.
In reality, perfection is never the goal of a presentation. Rather, the best speakers – the real champions – are the ones who can embrace their mistakes, remain flexible, and adapt to the unexpected.
From the Green Room: Don’t aim for perfection. It’s boring. Know your audience. Know your message. And trust yourself to be able to adapt to the unknown.