Showbiz, planning, beginners mindset and simplicity

sent by Nick Grantham | 23rd March 2021

"Don't give a speech. Put on a show."

Paul Arden

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I've attended numerous conferences where clever people have delivered incredibly dull keynote presentations, and I've walked out remembering absolutely nothing about what they were talking about. I've also seen some incredible presentations that have had me hanging on every word and making notes throughout. The difference? The presentations that hit home told compelling stories, used vibrant imagery...they put on a show. I'm not suggesting you can get away with getting up on stage and giving it a bit of 'jazz hands'. You still have to have solid content, but your take-home messages will only land if you learn to engage with the audience.

Source: It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be by Paul Arden

"Most people spend more time planning their summer vacation than planning their lives."


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I'm approached regularly by graduates and aspiring coaches for career advice. One of the first things I set to work on with them is a plan. Unfortunately, they rarely have a plan! They sort of know they would like to work in performance sport, but they've given very little thought on how they are going to get there. COVID has put pay to our summer holidays, so use that time to plan your career pathway. If you want some help, check out You're Hired.

Source: How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell

"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."

John Wooden

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Too many people think they know it all. If you want to be a lifelong learner, you need to have a little humility.  I remember starting my first job with British Gymnastics, and I thought I had all the answers! I was brought down to earth with a bump within my first week. That experience was probably a significant turning point. I realised that having a degree and postgraduate degree was just a starting point. I realised at that point, that what I learnt after I thought I had all the answers was going to be the key to success.

Source: Winning! Great Coaches and Athletes Share Their Secrets of Success by Michael Lynberg

"Systematic education is based on understanding a simple model."

Dan John

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I was told this week that I keep things simple. Probably the highest compliment someone could give me. It's easy to get carried away and develop sophisticated and complex training strategies. Still, if we want to help the athletes we work with develop, we need to create simple systems and solutions.

Source: Never Let Go by Dan John

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