Am I nervous about my role announcing in the press box at the Super Bowl? In short, yes. But if I weren’t just a little nervous there would be something wrong with me. It’s the biggest game I’ve ever worked (and I’ve announced over 250 games including multiple NFC Championship games). My voice and call of the game will be heard by a global audience of media members from every corner of the universe. Yes I’m putting a few more hours in my preparation and perhaps I will give it a little something extra on game day….but the key for me on Super Bowl Sunday is to be myself. Not to force anything, not to try to do too much. Sounds a lot like any athlete who talks in clichés.
Being yourself in any situation is important, especially when you are networking or interviewing. As I’ve consulted with hundreds of college and graduate students and coached them techniques on how to create and execute a career search strategy, I Always make certain to let them know the importance of being themselves. If you are not, people will see right through you and you will be passed over for any opportunity. Being real, being yourself in life, let alone any given social setting (including a career search) will no doubt help you separate from others.