Three Tips for a Pregame Speech


By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Magazine

Professor Gregory Dale of Duke University offers the following tips to coaches for pregame speeches:

  1. BE AUTHENTIC: Don’t try to be somebody you’re not. If you’re a low-key guy, then all of the sudden you’re screaming with your hair on fire to pump them up, it won’t come off as authentic.
  2. KNOW YOUR KIDS: When you’re playing a rival, there’s not much you’ll have to say. Sometimes a pregame speech is overrated.
  3. KNOW THE SITUATION: Explain your main goals. That has to be part of the communication – individual and team goals. What will make this game a success besides the final score?