March 3, 2011

Can't sleep before a presentation? Here's a tip from a Super Bowl MVP

Ellen Degeneres interviewed Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers quarterback and Super Bowl XLV MVP shortly after the Super Bowl...

Ellen: It's your first time going to the Super Bowl. Even though you know you're good, you've gotta be scared. Kind of?

Aaron: Not really, no.

Ellen: The night before? You can sleep?

Aaron: I had my best night of sleep the night before the Super Bowl.

Ellen: How is that possible?

Aaron: It was such a long process. I studied for two weeks on our opponent. So by the time I got to Saturday night, I was so tired of watching Pittsburgh film, I felt so good about our game plan, that there was nothing to worry about.

Usually, laying in bed, you might have some doubts about "How's this gonna go?" I'd already played everything out in my mind and visualized it, and studied the game plan and studied the Steelers, that I just had a great night of sleep.

Interestingly, Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints said almost the same thing when interviewed by Ellen:

Ellen: Two minutes to go, and you were one score away from tying it... What goes through your mind? How can you be calm enough? You're watching the clock...

Drew: As I prepare throughout the week, I imagine that situation probably 10, 20 times. So that when you get to the actual moment, two minutes left... where you don't want to have to think, you just want to be able to react. And since you've already played it over in your mind a bunch of times and you've seen the result being success, you just operate, you just do it, you just execute.

What's your game plan before a presentation? Do you study? Do you plan? Do you visualize? Do you have preparation rituals to get ready mentally and physically?

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