Tagged: Super Bowl

Going Back to the Speech–and Seizing the Moment

One of the commercials featured during the Super Bowl yesterday was one produced by Carnival Cruise Line, beckoning people to “come back to the sea” (and of course, to take a Carnival cruise ship to do so) by using the voice of former President John F. Kennedy as a sort of unseen pitch man.

Hearing his voice used in the commercial made me curious about the origins of the excerpt.

So let’s go back to the speech:  The excerpt used in the commercial are from Kennedy’s remarks for a dinner hosted by the Australian Ambassador to honor the crews participating in the 1962 America’s Cup Race.

Listen to the audio below or read the speech.

The takeaway before you breakaway: Seemingly small or unremarkable events can serve as the stage for timeless stories and speeches. Seize the moment!

Passion in Action

Super Bowl Sunday is around the corner! You may have noticed.

So as a warm up to the big day, I’m sharing a few speeches from one of my favorite football players: former Baltimore Raven and future Hall of Famer, Ray Lewis.

Yesterday I talked about the importance of demonstrating passion in what we do, whether it’s delivering a speech or riding an indoor cycle. And no one personifies passion more than Lewis, both on and off the field.

No wonder Lewis is such a sought-after speaker for both professional and collegiate audiences alike.

Lewis is powerful and humble at once. You’re ready to take to the football field after hearing him speak, even if you’ve never donned shoulder pads and cleats–and know that you never will.

That’s what good speakers do: they tap their passion to speak with conviction, inspiring their audiences to act: to work harder and aim higher in all of life’s arenas.

We should all try to emulate Lewis’ example when we speak: tap your passion, and leave your mark.

I expect the current players to do the same. Who will seize the day, and play and speak with passion? There’s no bigger stage than the Super Bowl to do so.

I’ll be watching!