6 Winning Strategies Guaranteed To
Improve Your Coaching Skills
Matt & Dave
Are you sure you're doing everything you can to be the best
coach possible? Absolutely sure?
I've been a coach and I've had a lot of coaches. You know
what I've found? Some coaches put all the pieces together
and some just don't invest time developing the coaching skills
that make a difference.
I can't turn you into a coaching superstar overnight but I
can get you started with these six powerful communication
skills. I'll break them into two groups: Verbal and Non-verbal.
Three verbal communication skills you must master:
Don't send your players mixed messages by telling your team
something today and then two days from now completely contradicting
yourself. Your players must be able to trust the words that
come out of your mouth.
Also, keep your tone consistent with what your words are intending
to get across. I had a coach once who, when one of us messed
up, would say, "That was great" in a dripping wet sarcastic
tone. Talk about sending us a negative message and beating
team morale into the ground!
Be honest with your team and always in a positive way. Your
team knows when mistakes are made so don't try to ignore them.
If you try to gloss over them, you'll lose your team's respect.
Just be sure to correct mistakes in a positive way that helps
a player see what was done correctly but also feel good about
fixing the mistake.
When pointing out a mistake, first say what was good, then
say "and if you follow through properly, you'll get the proper
spin on the ball", rather than "but if you follow through
properly, you'll get the proper spin on the ball".
3) Be Concise
Don't speak to your team unclearly. Think through what you
want to get across ahead of time and deliver your thoughts
in a clear, concise manner. Come right out and say it. Don't
go off on tangents and bore your players with unnecessary
talk. Get to the point and then get the troops moving.
Three non-verbal communication skills you must master:
4) Facial Expressions
Be aware of how closely your team pays attention to what your
face is "saying". Don't be a phony by trying to hide what
you really feel with a fake smile or a serious blank stare.
Realize, also, that just a simple smile can do wonders for
a struggling player or a player unsure of what they're doing.
Show them that you're behind them, glad to be with them and
there to help.
Don't overdo this, though. Your players will pick up on that.
Be genuine in your coaching efforts.
5) Body Language
If you're standing on the sideline in a way that shows you
are happy to be there and confident, how will your players
respond as opposed to you scowling around all hunched over
and looking angry? Remember to present body language that
represents enthusiasm, class and character.
Body language can also be used in the form of physical contact
such as a pat, a handshake or an arm around the shoulder.
Stay ethical, of course, but physical contact can show your
players the many emotions you feel about them - happiness,
concern, affection, approval, etc.
This one's huge! You need to pay attention to your players.
You've got to focus on really seeing and hearing your players'
verbal and non-verbal signals.
If your players keep hearing you say, "What was that?" or
"Did you say something?", you're in trouble and you need to
work on your listening skills big time.
Start practicing this coaching skill and watch how much more
you instantly start to learn about your team. You'll see a
player is upset over something even though he's trying hard
to hide it. You'll see how each player reacts to not only
you but to one another.
Master these six coaching strategies and watch your coaching
skills skyrocket. Your players must know you care way before
they'll care about what you have to say. Remember this because
too many coaches don't.
Matt & Dave run www.basketball-plays-and-tips.com/coaching-basketball.html
and enjoy teaching basketball players and coaches about the
basketball plays, drills, fundamentals and tips. See their
website to sign up for their free report, "5 Keys to Discovering
the Successful Coach Inside You", plus two additional reports.
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