This evening I will be delivering a presentation to about thirty 15-19 year old footballers.
The theme is Best Performance – a Tai Chi perspective.
I know from experience that if I present it in the traditional way I will lose the audience in the first few seconds.
Teenagers need excitement, movement, fun to keep their attention otherwise they get bored quickly.
I intend to ramp up the excitement and get them focused by using humour demonstrations and challenges. I’ll bring in the teaching points at the end of the fun stuff.
The key to the success of the presentation will be the language I use in relation to Tai Chi.
I’ll need to keep it simple and relevant to their football skills. Having an esoteric approach will only bore them.
Now excuse me while I go and practice my sabre form for the demonstration this evening.
And iron my Tai Chi shirt.
It’s a bit wrinkled. Just like me.