Did a really interesting interview about Practice Perfect with Jeremy Boone, who runs Athlete By Design. He does podcasts on coaching with a variety of folks generally smarter and more glamorous than me. Now I see why. He was meticulously prepared for the interview and the result was that 1) We ended up talking about a lot of things that are likely to be useful to coaches within a short period of time and 2) I ended up having a ton of insights that are already starting to show up in my work.
We talked a lot about feedback, especially the power and limitations of positive feedback. We talked about tools for keeping feedback to-the-point. We talked about how to make feedback applicable. We talked about building expectations that feedback would get used not just “taken.” We talked about efficiency. It ended up being kind of an executive summary of the feedback portion of the book, targeted to coaches.
The podcast is here: itun.es/i6BS7CZ
There were also, to be honest, a couple of things I wish I’d said a bit more clearly. For example, I wish I’d made it clear in the first Q-and-A bit that a “metaphorical whistle”–i.e. a consistent cue to tell players you want their attention or that you want them to start a drill on cue–is as good as a literal whistle–the value is in the consistency and the efficiency of the signal. But generally, with Jeremy’s guidance, I didn’t stray too badly.
That said I thought it would be useful to offer a forum for follow up. If folks who listened want to make comments, provide other ideas, ask for clarifications or throw me some follow-up questions, I’ll be happy to answer them… so please feel encouraged to comment in response to this post. I’ll respond as quickly as I can.