How to Watch American Football
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How to Watch American Football

Feel left out when people are talking sports? This course will provide you with an overview of the game & terminology.
2.3 (25 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
1,342 students enrolled
Last updated 1/2013
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 10 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You will learn referee signals and why they matter
  • You will better understand the strategy of the game
  • Terms such as "drop the ball" or "let's do an end run" will make more sense
  • You'll hear behind the scenes stories from someone who has been a coach
  • Understand the field, markings, uniforms
  • Learn where REAL fans watch Super Bowl
  • ALSO - you will learn about networking .....
  • How to pick your events ... aka the "whether report" (whether or not you go!)
  • How to get into (and out of) a conversation
  • What happens if you make a mistake (for example, don't stay in touch with people)
  • How to stay on top of business cards
  • Feeling exhausted? What are some ways to find time to network
  • Introvert? You'll learn some tips so that you don't feel overwhelmed
  • none

UPDATE - April 2020

With the global pandemic, people are missing sports. With any luck, the American football season might happen. I'll keep you posted as more news happens.

UPDATE - January 2020

Super Bowl 2020 is just around the corner. Get a better understanding of what people are talking about. Is this the end of the "Brady and Belichick era?" What does that mean?

UPDATE - September 2016

    Football season is here. Don't be left out of the conversation. This course will fast-track your knowledge of both football and networking. Skip around as you wish. (If you want to learn the networking later, just skip over that and come back later.)

    Get a 2-for-1 course at a special rate.

UPDATE - August 2014 

            Join over 900 registered to learn about American football and networking. You get a 2-for-1 class. 

            The season is just starting and there's lots of talk (good and bad) around the watercooler about football. Don't be left out! 


UPDATED INFO - August 2013 

              This is a "two-for-one" online class. It's a combo teaching networking and the fundamentals of football. The purpose was to help people feel they could attend a game or party and participate in the conversation then and later around the watercooler. 

              It is unlikely you'll be ready to be a football commentator after watching it. 

              As noted below the class is made from a live event. 

  DISCLOSURE - This event was filmed in front of a live audience at the British Consulate

        CBS Sunday Morning with Bill Geist filmed this event. There are times when there are multiple cameras angles but it's not too distracting. 

              There were ~ 100 in attendance from 7 countries. 


Welcome to Watercooler Football - where football and networking meet to have fun! 

  • You’re at a party with a football game on, people cheer and you have no idea what happened – do you feel left out?

  • At a meeting someone says, “let’s do an end run” – do you feel lost?

  • When you hear “football” do you think people mean soccer?

              If you don't know how to watch football, you may be left out. This can have a negative impact on your career and perhaps social life. 

              Join former Boston College Athletic Director, Gene DeFillippo, and published author and networking expert, Diane Darling, as they talk about Understanding American Football and how to watch it. 

              You'll also learn some best practices for networking. How to pick your events (aka "whether report"), how to get into a conversation, and ... how to get out of one. What are some best ways to follow up? 

              Learn how to be a part of the game with tips and from Gene and Diane. (And wait until you hear how they met!) 

              Through 7 video lessons, we share with you all the fundamentals you need to know about American football...Simply watch, take notes and have fun as this course has all American Football Explained! 

              You can fast forward and repeat as you need. 

  BONUS - You'll also get excellent tips on networking. You'll learn: 

  • How to pick events

  • How to get into (and out of) a conversation

  • Best ways to follow up

  • What to do when you fumble in networking (eg don't follow up)

  Category: Sports 

Who this course is for:
  • Non-US nationals who think football is soccer
  • Women who now have an American football player and/or fan in their life and they want to follow along
  • American men who never played but want to "talk sports" around the water cooler
  • ANYONE who wants to improve their networking skills, increase business, and have more time for the fun things in life
Course content
Expand all 18 lectures 03:46:36
+ Introduction and pre-game - What to expect, how the course got started, game plan
2 lectures 10:23

The first of seven sections is the introduction/pregame for The Super Bowl of Networking.  This two hour course presented by Diane Darling, author of The Networking Survival Guide, and Gene Defillipo, former Athletics Director at Boston College, showcases the concept of Water Cooler Football

This segment was a workshop that was presented to Greater Boston American Society of Training and Development and was filmed by Bill Geist as part of a pre-SuperBowl segment for CBS Sunday Morning on January 13, 2013.  

This pregame section showcases to individuals:

  • An introduction of the presenters
  • An understanding of why the workshop was invented
  • An overview of the workshop and a discussion of the agenda
  • A description of the cultural differences between American Football and its perception in other countries.
  • Highlights of the political and societal influences of football in the world
Preview 10:23
Slides - Intro and pre-game
5 pages
+ First Quarter - Field, scoring, picking networking events, introverts
2 lectures 14:54
In the 1st Quarter, the Game of Football will be discussed by Diane and Gene.  A further explanation of how the game of football relates to networking will be discussed.  Specifically, at the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Explain of concept of the football field and how to score points
  • Understand how the game of Networking is played
  • Provide the differences between how introverts and extroverts can network
  • Give the appropriate handshake under various circumstances  
NOTE:  You might want to have the slides accessible while you're taking the class.
Preview 14:54
Slides - 1st quarter
11 pages

Quiz - 1st quarter
3 questions
+ Second Quarter - Safety, penalties, body language, gender
2 lectures 25:01
In the 2nd Quarter, Gene uses his skills from Boston College to show the audience how to recognize the uniforms, understand the referee signals, and the penalties associated with them.  As in Football, Diane explains the penalties found in networking.  She discusses how we communicate for both males and females.  At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the differences in uniforms for home and away teams
  • Recall the referee signals used during plays 
  • Convey when penalties occur through the referee signals
  • Recognize forms of communication between males and females
VIDEO // 2nd Quarter - Safety, penalties, body language, gender
Slides - 2nd quarter
11 pages
Quiz - 2nd quarter
3 questions
+ Half-time - what happens in the locker room, how to network during a break
3 lectures 13:03
During the Halftime Show, we show you some of the networking that was conducted for this specific workshop.  In addition, Diane Darling interviewed, Susie Kitchens, British Counsel for New England regarding her experience of American Football in the United States.  During this lecture, you will:

  • Gain a cultural understanding of how Brits perceive American Football
  • Understand the cultural differences that affect networking
  • And you'll even hear an explanation of cricket!
VIDEO // Halftime Show - what happens in the locker room, how to network during a break
Slides - Half-time
2 pages
Step-by-step diagram - How to work a room
Chart - How to work a room
1 page
+ Third Quarter - positions, getting into (and out of) conversations, strategic networking
2 lectures 20:49
In the 3rd Quarter, Gene and Diane strategize the Offense and Defense and take the audience through the role of each player and their importance on the field. Diane then leverages the plays that can be made in order to work a room when networking and how an individual could strategically network like a pro. By the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Define the position and the role that each player serves on the field for both Offense and Defense
  • Provide strategies for strategic networking
  • Get in an out of a conversation
  • Determine strategies on how to work a room when networking 
VIDEO // 3rd Quarter - positions, getting into (& out of) conversations, strategic networking
Slides - 3rd quarter
10 pages
Quiz - 3rd quarter
3 questions
+ Fourth Quarter - formations, terminology, serendipity, follow-up
2 lectures 16:36
In the 4th Quarter, Gene will walk the audience through the plays, the players who make them happen, and the football terminology involved in the sport of American Football.  Diane then discusses how these same role correspond to your networking strategy.  At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the strategic and explain the standard plays within American Football
  • Define each player's role within standard plays
  • Explain the formations for both Offense and Defense
  • Discuss and become familiar with American Football terminology
  • Form a strategy for networking with people and how to effectively follow up with individuals
VIDEO // 4th Quarter - formations, terminology, serendipity, follow-up
Slides - 4th quarter
11 pages
Quiz - 4th quarter
2 questions
+ Post-game - celebrate winning, deal with loss, exchange contact info
2 lectures 14:26
The Postgame show provides a question and answer segment for workshop attendees.  In addition, both Gene and Diane field questions and comments by the audience on the workshop, football, coach experiences, and how to strategically network. 
VIDEO // Postgame Wrapup - celebrate winning, deal with loss, exchange contact info
Slides - Postgame
3 pages
+ Bonus material
1 lecture 00:00
This is the entire slide deck in one document. 
They were used in the presentation at the British Consulate for the Super Bowl of Networking Workshop. Please feel free to use these slides to follow along with the presentation. 
Slides from presentation - January 8, 2013
54 pages
Test your football know-how
10 questions