If Brazil’s footballers can crumble, anyone can

If Brazil’s footballers can crumble, anyone can

Between the 23rd and 29th minute of yesterday’s World Cup semi-final, 11 international footballers went into collective meltdown. In those six minutes, Brazil conceded four goals, at home, to a team that had never beaten them before in a competitive fixture. There are suggestions that some Brazilian players will be so scarred by this humiliating battering that they may never play at the same level again.

How could this happen to Brazil, the best footballing nation on earth?

As in sport, so in everything: confidence is hard won and easily lost. Once punctured, it deflates alarmingly. One of our core services at RTC is media and presentation training; and in the case of at least half the people we train, overcoming a fear of failure, of saying the wrong thing, of Brazilian-style meltdown, is a key personal objective.

The secret to success is preparation and a resolve never to be complacent. The best, most experienced performers prepare for every speech or presentation as though it were their first.  Yes, there are the lucky few with an enviable gift of the gab. But for most people, coolness under pressure is the product of hard work and dedication.

Article date

July 9th, 2014

Robert Taylor

Media Trainer

@RT_MediaTrainer

My main passion is media training, and I’m proud to be one of the UK’s most experienced and successful trainers in this field.

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