Your Tongue Can be your Greatest Asset

One of my strongest assets in Basketball Skill Development/Coaching that players and coaches are attracted to are is the truth behind my words. I build players up and give them the truth.  With the help of my mentors (Kevin Eastman), I have found a way to say the same words differently. In this blog I will share some techniques for players and coaches to help them be a better leader and teacher.

For players, if you are going to direct teammates during the game, practice action. Practice in the locker room, on the team bus, or in any environment. Here are a few things to consider if you want your message to be heard, respected, and then acted on or executed in a positive way.

  1. Make sure you are 100% certain in what you are saying
  2. Make sure your body language/swagger, is convincing and convicting.  Look at them in the eye, stand upright, don’t stutter and don’t talk too long.
  3. Your voice has to be powerful and commanding.  Say it with intensity, power and enthusiasm. Don’t yell from the throat; speak from your core/gut/stomach.
  4. Praise your teammates in public, critique them in private.  Let everyone hear the good things, but when your teammate needs some criticism, say it in his ear, safely by putting your arm around them.  
  5. However if they don’t listen to you and you know you are right, then you might have to be confrontational, whether in private or not.  Sometimes there is no resolution without confrontation.
  6. Make sure your message is delivered at the right time and that you should be the one delivering it.

For coaches who want to get the most out of their athletes, below are some concepts that might help your coaching and instructing techniques.

  1. For your words to have value and productivity from your players, you must know your content.  Make sure you are telling the players the correct info.
  2. Tell players what they need to hear, not what they want to hear.  Don’t “sugar coat” anything “shoot it straight!”
  3. The sandwich method works great. Give a positive, negative, negative, and then finish with a positive.  
  4. Try to praise players in public and criticize in private.  This does not work with all players, only the real sensitive ones.  You must correct and criticize, but with some players you have to do it when they are the only ones that hear it.
  5. Teach, don’t yell.  Your voice is loud but make sure you are giving instruction.
  6. Coach, don’t curse! “Bleep, Bleep! Come on, let’s Bleep Go! Come on let’s take them…”  What does that mean? Give them instructions, adjustments, concrete facts, so they can execute first.  Then yell at them

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