With the London 2012 Summer Olympics in full swing, the entire world is engrossed in the games. From Albania to Zimbabwe, folks are cheering on their teams, hoping to take home the gold. The Olympic games are truly a unifying force in today’s chaotic political climate. But what can be gained from Olympic athletes in terms of our own businesses and organizations?
Many businesses book Olympic athletes as keynote speakers to address their teams. Here are five ways an Olympic speaker can be the perfect way to give your team a head start:
1.Teach your team effective goal-setting:
Becoming an Olympian obviously takes skill, hard work, and perseverance. However, it also requires the ability to set goals. Olympic speakers are well seasoned in formulating goals that are ambitious, but attainable. This knowledge can help any team, whether they be athletes or businesspeople.
2. Set the example for hard work and dedication
After setting goals, it’s important that your team knows how to achieve them. Olympic athletes know the value of dedication when it comes to reaching the goals they’ve set for themselves. Athletes can instill a sense of drive into the audiences they address, and encourage them to work harder and more diligently towards reaching their potential.
3. Motivate workers to succeed:
One of the greatest things about Olympic speakers is that almost everyone looks up to them. The one-of-a-kind experience of playing in the Olympic games can be a metaphor for almost any challenge your team may face. Hearing athletes’ stories of strength and diligence can motivate any group.
4. Help your organization triumph over challenges:
Another trait shared by many Olympic athletes is overcoming adversity and obstacles to achieve success. In the 2012 Olympics alone, we have already seen double-amputee Oscar Pistorius run the 4×400-meter relay, and the first world record for archery set by Im Dong-Hyung… Who is legally blind. The circumstances these Olympians have faced make them more relatable to audiences. The challenges they have overcome send the message “If they can do that, I can overcome my obstacles, too!”
5. Inspire greatness:
Finally, Olympian speakers are a huge inspiration. Bringing in an Olympic athlete can inspire your team towards self-improvement, and boost overall morale within your organization. A happy, motivated team produces better results, and an Olympic speaker can give groups the boost they need to strive for greatness.
The world has Olympic fever, and with good reason. It’s easy to see how these athletes can make a huge impact on any business or organization. Booking an Olympic speaker can motivate your team to reach their goals, overcome obstacles, and work to their best ability.