Sports coaches: Improve your communication skills
What you'll learn
- Coaches will be able to communicate more easily with their pupils
- Improved speaking skills should make you a more in demand coach and therefore a busier and more successful coach
- Coaches will be able to be heard in any situation - inside a large sports hall or outside on the playing pitch or court
- Coaches will be aware of the different skills required for speaking to children, parents, adult learners and sports officials
- Ability to speak English
- Knowledge of the sport you are teaching and it can be any sport
I have written articles for various sports publications about the importance of communication for publications world wide including 'Tennis Pro' and the International Tennis Federation Coaching and Sport Science Review.
Available free with this course my ebook - 'How to get better results from your athletes - what other coaching manuals don't tell you'. This course has been designed so that you can hop from one lecture to another they are not dependent upon each other, this makes improving your speech easier for you as you can concentrate on the bits you think you need to.
You have spent a lot of time (and money) qualifying as a sports coach but let me ask a question.
What do you, as a coach, do when you're working? You’ll probably answer ‘teach tennis’ or 'coach basketball' etc. This is true, but if you stop and think about it, the majority of your time is spent, not playing your sport, but speaking to people. Sports coaches communicate all the time.
Usually when we have to teach people, the pupils are sitting still, able to concentrate fully on what the teacher is saying. The teacher is also able to sit or stand still, either sitting at a desk with all of their notes or standing at a whiteboard able to reinforce ideas with written words.
Sports coaches do not have these luxuries, they have to teach in the middle of a field or a large sports hall with no chairs or whiteboards, to students who are moving around and who are being distracted by anything and everything. If you are teaching outside the wind can blow your voice away or if in a large hall the echo can swallow up your words. These sports coaches need to have exceptional communication skills if they are to produce first class athletes.
Good sports coaching communication skills are vital to the success of your business.
When you are coaching any sport, communication is essential. It doesn't matter if it's tennis, football, baseball, basketball, netball, golf, gymnastics, badminton, athletics, hockey, cricket......the list is endless. The better you are at communicating the more popular and successful you will be and the more confident and successful your athletes will be.
Successful sports coaches need to be able to communicate confidently and enthusiastically to
a) other coaches
e) school groups
f) local businesses
You don’t work in an office where you see only a few work colleagues every week. You are continually meeting different people of all ages and of all abilities.
You have to speak to parents, children, school teachers, head teachers, managers, receptionists, businesses and adult learners to name a few and amongst this list are the young, old, agile, not so agile, polite people, funny people, argumentative people and easy going people.
This course will show you how to do this.
Have a look at my promotional video and free sample lectures and see how I can help you become an even more successful coach
Who this course is for:
- Any teacher who teaches any sport
- A newly qualified sports coach
- An experienced sports coach who wants to put new energy into their voice
- Any sports coach who wants to feel more confident when explaining and speaking to pupils, parents, schools etc.
Serena Greenslade is an experienced speech confidence coach from Dorset, UK and she now lives in central Portugal. Serena qualified in 1994 (A.N.E.A.) as an elocution teacher and since then has taught lecturers at Universities, trainee doctors for the NHS, sports coaches, business people, telephone sales personnel, children, health care workers, stroke victims and staff at national charities. Serena specializes in one to one private lessons for children and adults and workshops for businesses. In June 2014 she gained her Fellowship, F.V.C.M.(Hons).
Serena says 'I know how it feels to be uncertain and frightened about speaking.' She is now qualified to the highest level (Fellowship and Associateship) and is able to help you improve your speaking skills. She lives in jeans, laughs a lot and has a hint of a Dorset accent when not teaching but Serena is passionate about her work and incredibly serious (with a huge smile) when it comes to teaching her clients to sound confident.
When Serena was about ten, her school had a parents evening where the parents go along and chat to the teachers to find out how their children are getting on. During the course of the conversation with her mum, the teacher told her that Serena seemed happy enough but that he couldn't remember speaking to her during the year! Serena was an incredibly shy girl.
As a result of this Serena's mum took her to elocution lessons.
These lessons gave Serena confidence but didn't change the way she sounds, 'I still have a Dorset accent (although when I teach I lose it) and I strongly believe we shouldn't all sound the same'.
Serena was still a very shy girl but knew how to speak when she had to. At her senior school, the different classes used to take it in turns to participate in the morning assemblies. She had a very elderly Maths teacher who claimed that the only time he could hear the assembly was when Serena did a reading. In return for this she was excused Maths tests in his class. Luckily her maths didn't suffer – Serena went on to pass 'A' level Maths.
In 1979 Serena obtained a degree in Law and Economics and went on to become a trainee accountant - for all of 12 weeks. Sitting in an office all day was not for her. Luckily she decided to return to what she enjoyed doing and in 1994 qualified (A.N.E.A.) as an elocution teacher. In 2014 she obtained her Fellowship with Honours from Victoria College (F.V.C.M.)
In addition to publishing her own books, Serena has written an academic paper in Voice and Speech Review April 2015.
Serena has also written articles in many publications including Dance Studio Life July 2015, The Lady Magazine in Sept 2014, ISTD Dance magazine in Jan 2014, PTR Tennis Pro in April 2007, The International Tennis Federation Coaching and Sport Science Review in Dec 2002 and Dance Expression Magazine in Dec 2001.
Serena has also taught students who have appeared in television series and who have won national awards for their acting.
Serena looks forward to teaching you. As she says, 'Enjoy Speaking'