The Art Of Coaching
E228 | How to Choose the Right Platform for Your Message

E228 | How to Choose the Right Platform for Your Message

June 27, 2022

What is your first thought or reaction when you get this text message?

“That’s fine.”

The sender could have meant “I agree with everything you just said/ suggested,” or “I have no opinion and will have no problem with the option you’ve chosen,” or “that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard but I’m going with it because I don’t care to contribute to the decision.”  The issue with text messaging as the medium is that without any other incoming information, the receiver simply can not tell what the sender really means.

This is just one aspect of communication that must be considered when choosing the correct medium for your message.

Today’s episode will answer and discuss these popular questions:

  • What is meant by “medium” and what are the different types?
    • Presentational, Representational,  and Technological/ Mechanical         
  • How do I know which is the right one to use so I don’t give off the wrong impression?
    • Social Presence and Media Richness
  • How do I teach my teen (or anyone) to understand and apply this?

Also mentioned in today’s episode was E126: Eight Obstacles to Building Buy In.

If you want to learn more about all things communication, NOW is the perfect time to check out any of our 3 online courses!  We are excited to announce that Bought In, ValuED, and Blindspot are all on sale starting July 1!  Just use the code GROW30 to get 30% off!

 

Today’s episode is brought to you by our loyal partners Dynamic Fitness & Strength + Momentous

 

Dynamic is our go-to equipment partner. Fully customizable and manufactured in the heartland of America- if you’re looking to outfit your home gym or weight room visit mydynamicfitness.com to get started. Tell them Brett and the Art of Coaching Team sent you!

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E227 | Stu McMillan: No B.S. Leadership Lessons from an Olympic Coach

E227 | Stu McMillan: No B.S. Leadership Lessons from an Olympic Coach

June 20, 2022

With more than 70 Olympians and 30 medals to his name, there aren’t many coaches as prolific as Stu McMillan. 

But did you know he’d had 38 jobs by the time he was 37 (including one as a “baked potato boy”)? 

How about that he didn’t start working in elite track & field until his 40’s?

This week, we had the chance to sit down (in person!) with Stu and discuss topics and questions he seldom addresses:

  1. The ONE thing every coach needs to learn and take more seriously 
  2. His unique definition of effective leadership and how he implements it daily
  3. Where he draws the line on sharing personal and business information with his staff
  4. Why more coaches should start sharing their work publicly

Stu McMillan is the co-owner and CEO of ALTIS. He has been a professional S&C and Sprints Coach for over 28 years, and has worked with professional and amateur athletes in a variety of sports - with the focus being on power and speed development.

Stu has personally coached over 70 Olympians at 7 Olympic Games; over 30 of whom have won Olympic medals. Most recently, he coached British sprinter Jodie Williams to a sixth-place finish in the 400m at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

If you want to learn more about Stu’s work at Altis, you can visit Altis.world. To connect with Stu, you can find him on Twitter -  @StuartMcMillan1 and Instagram - @fingermash

If you have any questions you would like answered in Part 2, please submit them on our website OR email them to us at info@artofcoaching.com.

In addition to sending us your questions, don’t forget to register HERE for our FREE workshop on June 28th, as we discuss the slimy topic of self-promotion.  We know selling yourself and your work can feel gross.  But if you’re creating real value that can help even one person, we believe you have a responsibility to share it.  If you don’t, either someone else will or you’ll be passed over and left behind.  Let us give you tools and strategies to do so in a tactical and ethical way, ultimately allowing you to make the impact you want.

Today’s episode is brought to you by:

Dynamic Fitness & Strength: These guys are our go-to equipment partner. Fully customizable and manufactured in the heartland of America- whether you’re looking to outfit your home gym or entire weight room, visit mydynamicfitness.com to get started. Tell them Brett and the Art of Coaching Team sent you!

 

Momentous: Whether you’re an elite athlete, weekend warrior or just looking to improve your everyday health / performance, check out their entire line of protein and supplements at livemomentous.com and use code BRETT25 at checkout for 25% off your first order! My personal favorites are their fish oil and magnesium, both of which I attribute to my better sleep and recovery.

 

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E226 | Keir Wenham-Flatt: Hijacking Attention Through Humor

E226 | Keir Wenham-Flatt: Hijacking Attention Through Humor

June 13, 2022

“Unless you live in North Korea, everything you do as a coach is persuasion.”

Did that grab your attention?!  In today’s episode, Keir Wenham-Flatt explains his use of humor and overall philosophy when it comes to making his message stand out in a sea of information.  He says, “you must grab attention first to earn the right to convey your message to people.” 

Keir is a strength coach with over a decade’s experience of working with elite athletes on 4 different continents.  He is best known for his work in rugby and college football. In addition to coaching he is the founder of Strength Coach Network, an educational platform for team sport strength and conditioning specialists.

Throughout the episode, Keir speaks on:

  • How the VALUE of S&C professionals is negatively affected by the nature of the field
  • How to “earn the right” to convey your message to the right audience
  • Using seemingly outside avenues to further yourself as a professional AND as a person
  • Why the current system of education and accreditation in S&C is broken

You can find Keir on the following platforms:

Today’s episode is brought to you by our loyal partners DFND, Dynamic Fitness and Strength, and Athletic Greens.

DFND: As our official compression partner, DFND is engineered to help anyone who loves to train and compete go harder longer, recover quicker, and get better faster. Their first line of compression wear was tested on special forces trainees under the harshest training conditions in the world, but now they’re worn by athletes at all levels and anyone serious about performance. Use code: AOC20 to get 20% off your order. 

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E225 | How to Get Someone Who is Shy, Quiet or Less Social to Open Up

E225 | How to Get Someone Who is Shy, Quiet or Less Social to Open Up

June 6, 2022

Picture this: you’re talking to someone you just met at a social gathering, negotiating with a potential client or presenting to a group of skeptical attendees. Try as you might to connect with or get them to share or interact, they give you absolutely nothing in return... 

It’s the equivalent of talking to a brick wall.  

While frustrating, getting someone who is shy, quiet or less social to open up is one of the most useful and important skills you can build as a communicator, and it all comes down to properly deploying a few specific but underutilized tools. 

On today’s episode we cover: 

  • The one skill that will allow you to connect with anyone
  • When and why you should stop asking so many questions
  • The 5 key tools / tactics to try when talking to a shy person 
  • How to MASTER the awkward pause 

A couple announcements:

1. We know selling yourself and your work can feel slimy and gross. But if you’re creating real value that can help even one person, we believe you have a responsibility to share it. If you don't, either someone else will or you’ll be passed over and left behind. 

Join us Tuesday, June 28th for a FREE workshop in which we'll give you tools to self-promote in a tactical and ethical way so you can make the impact you want. Check out the FREE workshop here: Artofcoaching.com/impact 

2. Today’s episode is brought to you by Momentous. You don’t need me to remind you how important what you put in your body is and the impact it can have on your health. Whether you’re a world class athlete or someone who sits at their desk all day in the corporate world, Momentous has products that can help you perform at the highest level. They are all quality tested at the highest level, and they are for anyone who wants to feel better without overthinking their nutrition. Use Code: BRETT25 for 25% off your order.

3. Support for today’s episode also comes from Dynamic Fitness & Strength. Dynamic offers the highest quality strength and conditioning equipment designed just for you, your space and your budget. Whether you’re looking to outfit your college, high school or professional gym or even just your garage, check out our friends at Dynamic and tell them Team AoC sent you!

4. If you want more behind the scenes, raw thoughts, and helpful tips, check out artofcoaching.com/begin!

E224 | Steve Magness: The Truth About What It Takes to Do Hard Things

E224 | Steve Magness: The Truth About What It Takes to Do Hard Things

May 30, 2022

The word “toughness” might be one of the most overused and misdefined in coaching and leadership; something we routinely seek and preach, but rarely understand. 

Toughness isn’t about grinding through pain and it isn’t built doing “hard” things we routinely encounter; True toughness is better described as making smart decisions in challenging situations and problem solving through obstacles not regularly faced. 

To better understand this definition and how to cultivate resilience, we welcome Steve Magness, a world-renowned expert on performance, well-being, and sustainable success. He is coauthor of the best-selling books Peak Performance and The Passion Paradox. His most recent work is Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness. In his coaching practice, Steve works with executives, entrepreneurs, and athletes on their performance and mental skills. He's served as a consultant and coach for numerous professional sports teams.

We cover: 

  • Why pain, soreness and grit can be counterproductive to toughness 
  • The true meaning of “resilience” and how to cultivate a bigger toolbox
  • How to reframe failure as feedback
  • Toughness in parenting: how to make more resilient kids

Connect with Steve:

Today’s episode is brought to you by Athletic Greens! We get it, you’re time poor and don’t always get in the fruits and veggies you know you should. This is without a doubt the BEST tasting greens powder out there and they want to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/coach!

We’d also like to thank Momentous, our longest standing partner. Whether you’re an elite athlete, weekend warrior or just looking to improve your everyday health / performance, check out their entire line of protein and supplements at livemomentous.com and use code BRETT25 at checkout for 25% off your first order! My personal favorites are their fish oil and magnesium, both of which I attribute to my better sleep and recovery.

Support for today’s episode also comes from Dynamic Fitness & StrengthDynamic offers the highest quality strength and conditioning equipment designed just for you, your space and your budget. Whether you’re looking to outfit your college, high school or professional gym or even just your garage, check out our friends at Dynamic and tell them Team AoC sent you!

E223 | Todd Kashdan: Disagreeing Effectively & Lateral Thinking

E223 | Todd Kashdan: Disagreeing Effectively & Lateral Thinking

May 23, 2022

We’re living in a society more polarized and intolerant than ever before; A society in which it’s hard to tell a joke, let alone disagree with someone. But to evolve and for this to change, we need principled insubordination, systematic rule-breaking, and people not afraid to engage with those who share different views. 

On today’s episode we have the pleasure of talking to Dr. Todd Kashdan, (Ph.D & Professor of Psychology at George Mason University), a leading authority on well-being, psychological flexibility, curiosity, courage, and resilience. 

Dr. Kashdan is the author of Curious? and The Upside of Your Dark Side, and his latest book is The Art of Insubordination: How to Dissent and Defy Effectively. His writing has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, National Geographic, Fast Company, among other publications, and his research is featured regularly in media outlets such as The Atlantic, The New York Times, NPR, and Time Magazine.

We discuss:

  • How to dissent / disagree effectively
  • Why we should seek & welcome alternative opinions 
  • The importance of comedy in combatting echo chambers
  • The right and WRONG way to change minds and behavior

Dr. Kashdan has published over 220 peer-reviewed articles and his work has been cited over 36,000 times. He received the Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year Award from George Mason University and Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contributions from the American Psychological Association. 

Connect with Dr. Kashdan:

Via his book: The Art of Insubordination 

Via his FREE newsletter: https://toddkashdan.substack.com/

Via his website: https://toddkashdan.com/

Via Twitter: @toddkashdan

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Support for today’s episode also comes from Dynamic Fitness & StrengthDynamic offers the highest quality strength and conditioning equipment designed just for you, your space and your budget. Whether you’re looking to outfit your college, high school or professional gym or even just your garage, check out our friends at Dynamic and tell them Team AoC sent you!

It’s almost half way through 2022 which means it’s time to make plans for one of our remaining live events (if you haven’t already). Check out artofcoaching.com/events for all of our latest locations and dates! No matter your profession, age or experience, if you’re a leader or want to be a leader we have something for you.

E222 | My Top Strategy for Personal & Professional Development

E222 | My Top Strategy for Personal & Professional Development

May 16, 2022

When it comes to personal and professional development we all know books, podcasts and seminars won’t cut it. Simply put- greater input doesn’t equal better output.

 

At a certain point, we need community, accountability and exposure to a diversity of thoughts and perspectives; We need help tackling our unique obstacles and highlighting our blindspots.  

 

On today’s episode we discuss the single BEST thing you can do for your personal and professional development as well as:

 

  • The obstacles all leaders face
  • The advantages of community and how to find the right one
  • Advantages of being around people who think differently 
  • Overcoming excuses & constraints relating to money, time and experience
  • How to find and foster accountability in your life

 

By the way, if you’re interested in a community like this, check out The Coalition. We’re biased, but if you’re in search of a personal board of directors, think tank and way to get around great leaders who will help you build a plan forward, it doesn’t get much better than this. 

 

We only run these twice a year and always fill up quickly! Check out artofcoaching.com/coaltion for all details! 

 

Also, we’re giving away a FREE barbell courtesy of our premier sponsor- Dynamic Fitness and Strength! If you’re interested check out @aocoaching on IG for instructions and get started.   

Athletic Greens is going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit athleticgreens.com/coach. Again, that is athleticgreens.com/coach to take ownership over your health and pick up the ultimate daily nutritional insurance!

E221 | Jack Crawford: A 10-Year NFL Vet’s Take On What Makes a Great Coach, Learning From Failure & World Travel

E221 | Jack Crawford: A 10-Year NFL Vet’s Take On What Makes a Great Coach, Learning From Failure & World Travel

May 9, 2022

Jack Crawford isn’t your ordinary 10 year NFL vet… and this just might be one of the most interesting episodes to date. 

On today’s show, Jack takes us on a journey from his childhood playing cricket and the *real* football in the streets of London to gorilla trekking in Uganda (with a few stops in professional football along the way). 

We discuss everything from his unconventional views on good coaching to becoming self-aware at a young age, learning from failure, navigating politics on social media and even the experience of going to the same high school as Harry Potter (aka Daniel Radcliffe). 

Connect with Jack:

Via Instagram: @j_crawford58 

Throughout the episode Jack talks about the value of having great mentors throughout his career. That’s exactly what we’ve created with the Coalition; If you’re in search of a think tank or place where you can share ideas with other leaders, get real feedback and learn to grow personally and professionally, check out artofcoaching.com/coalition

This is a community we only run twice a year and applications for the next round start now! Come join us and get a professional community, clarity focused on community and building momentum. artofcoaching.com/coalition

Upcoming live events: 

Today’s episode is brought to you by Dynamic Fitness & Strength. Dynamic is our title sponsor and our go-to equipment guys. If you need anything for your home or full-sized gym- they offer the most affordable, customizable, durable equipment on the market.

E220 | Kim Scott: Just Work

E220 | Kim Scott: Just Work

May 2, 2022

What would we be able to accomplish if our teams, cultures and companies encouraged people to give each other feedback with radical candor, speak up when wronged and challenge colleagues and supervisors to think differently? What would happen if we were able to recognize, attack and eliminate workplace injustice and just work”

 

On today’s episode we talk to Kim Scott, author of Just Work: Get *t Done Fast and Fair as well as Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity. Kim co-founded two companies that help organizations put the ideas in her books into practice. She’s also been a CEO coach at Dropbox, Qualtrics, Twitter, and other tech companies and held leadership roles at Apple and Google. Earlier in her career she managed a pediatric clinic in Kosovo and started a diamond-cutting factory in Moscow.

 

We discuss: 

  • How to give and receive difficult feedback 
  • Best hiring practices (how to set checks and balances)
  • Using improv as a way to scenario plan for hard conversations
  • When and why it’s okay to get communication wrong

 

Connect with Kim:

Via her books: Radical Candor & Just Work 

Via Instagram: @kimmalonescott 

Via Twitter: @kimballscott

Via her website: https://kimmalonescott.com/just-work

 

Despite her international acclaim for work in these areas, Kim agrees these skills can’t be learned by just reading her books. Like any leadership or interpersonal skills, they must be practiced in real time in the presence of others. 

 

That’s why we created The Apprenticeship communication workshop- so coaches and leaders could be around people from different backgrounds and professions, step outside of their own environment and get reps giving and getting feedback and having hard conversations. Check out our upcoming events at artofcoaching.com/apprenticeship

 

Support for today’s episode comes from Dynamic Fitness & Strength. Dynamic offers the highest quality strength and conditioning equipment designed just for you, your space and your budget. Whether you’re looking to outfit your college, high school or professional gym or even just your garage, check out our friends at Dynamic and tell them Team AoC sent you!


If you’ve ever wanted an opportunity to provide more value to others, share your story and sharpen your ability to connect with a crowd, the Art of Coaching Speaker School kicks off May 28th in Atlanta, GA. Just a few spots remain! Check out all the details at artofcoaching.com/speaker.

E219 | Strategies for Getting Your Best Ideas Out of Your Head & Into the World

E219 | Strategies for Getting Your Best Ideas Out of Your Head & Into the World

April 25, 2022

We’ve all had what we thought was a great idea: a new invention that’ll make us millions, the perfect scheme to get back at our petty neighbor, the solution to end world hunger… 

 

Okay maybe nothing that grand, but you get the point; There are hundreds of ideas that play bumper cars in our minds on a daily basis. 

And yet, the majority of these ideas stay there, rotting away because we lack the tools to put them out into the world and/or confidence to ensure they survive first contact with the “enemy” (which is often ourselves). 

Today’s episode is chock full of tools / strategies to help you get your best ideas out of your head and into the world. We’ll cover: 

  1. What to do if you can’t think of any good ideas
  2. Essential questions to ask before moving forward with an idea
  3. Mind Mapping: populating, connecting & Sorting and pressure testing
  4. Brainstorming: rules of engagement 

This episode is brought to you by The Art of Coaching Speaking School:

Whether you’re pitching investors for more money, asking supervisors for a raise, presenting at a national conference or coaxing your kids to bed, your ability to refine a message, understand your audience and deliver information in a way that will not only captivate but move them to action is one of the most important skills you can cultivate.

We’re keeping this event small and intimate to facilitate practice, repetition and feedback. Spots and limited and going fast- 

Check out artofcoaching.com/speaker for more details.

Today’s episode is also brought to you by Dynamic Fitness & Strength. Dynamic is our title sponsor and our go-to equipment guys. If you need anything for your home or full-sized gym- they offer the most affordable, customizable, durable equipment on the market.

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