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Choosing the Right After Dinner Speaker for Your Sportsman’s Event

Choosing the Right After Dinner Speaker for Your Sportsman’s Event

Booking a sports speaker for a sporting related event is a great way to do something a little different that will entertain the guests. It will turn the night from a great event to an outing that the guests will never forget. Picture the reaction from the invitees, when the special speaker for the evening is announced. The sound of the audience’s delight will feel like a stadium of fans cheering on their favorite team. Drum the guests up and get them pumped and excited to attend the event and support the cause or organization that has put the event together.

A Night to Remember Forever

Your guests will be hanging on to every word that the sports star utters as they recount tales from yesteryear, reminding the audience of famous victories, sharing personal triumph, and providing a peek into the real life of a sports star. In addition to inspirational stories that will bring the audience to tears, the guest speaker can also bring them to tears with laughter as they share intimate stories about what really happened in the dressing room, and other hilarious stories from their celebrated past.

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After entertaining the guests from the stage following a guaranteed standing ovation, the chosen sport speaker will hang out and shake hands, pose for photos, and chat with the dinner guests.

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Tickets Will Likely Sell Out

When you choose the right sports speaker for a sportsman’s event, think of it the same as choosing the menu. The name on the promotional material will ensure that the tickets sell out quickly and the anticipation of hearing this sporting legend speak will create a buzz around town about the event. Groups will be buying tickets in droves, securing their place at a table with their friends and partners. Including things such as raffles for simply purchasing a ticket can entice those who might be on the fence about attending the event.

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What the Speaker May Also Do

On the night of the event, in addition to treating the guests to the sporting tales of their past, you may also ask the speaker to help you with fundraising that has been planned by asking them to draw the raffles, host auctions, or pose for official photographs. Hiring an after dinner sports speaker will also encourage guests to stay for the entire event from beginning to end. Often times attendees will come for the pre-dinner photo ops to show face and then enjoy dinner and leave. When you choose the right speaker for an event, guests will also show up early and stay late with the hopes of being able to have intimate conversation with the sports star or even just snap a picture.

Whichever speaker you have chosen to attend the event, you are guaranteed to host a night to remember – one that people will talk about for many months or years later. This will help to build the anticipation of similar events that are planned for the future.

To get a better idea of who the attendees would like to see speak at a similar event, have them provide suggestions once they get the feel for how the event is handled. Taking suggestions will help to get a wide range of possible guest speakers, that way the organizers can choose one not only based on fame, but also based on their reputation with those who are attending the event. It will be very beneficial to the event as a whole for the speaker to appeal to the largest range of individuals that are likely to buy tickets to attend the sportsman’s event.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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