Conscious Coaching – Book Review

I found this really interesting and as I was reading each archetype, it was opening my eyes to the athletes I coach…


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Ask the Expert – Andy Blyth (Simply Perform)

In this installment of the “Ask the Expert” series, I interview Trainee Sport Psychologist Andy Blyth…

1)  Give us a bit of background on yourself… (sporting career, qualifications, coaching experience)

Since about 2nd year in High School I was always passionate about how the mind works, especially since I was competing at national level in badminton.  With this passion I managed to gain an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Edinburgh University, afterwhich I was at a bit of a loose end as to where to take it next.  We got taught a lot of interesting “stuff” at Edinburgh but, to be honest, I couldn’t think about how to apply it to “normal” day to day life.  A lot of it was based on clinical models and very much coming from a position that meant that psychology was only for those that had something “wrong with them”.
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The obstacle is the way – Book Review

I found this book hugely beneficial – so much so I read it twice!

November’s book has been one that popped up on my radar several times before I committed to reading it. I have to say I wish I read it earlier. After recommending it to a friend of mine he said, “Rob, I’m going to put it out there, Obstacle is the way is one of the best books I’ve ever read.” I have to say I probably agree…

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Dan Carter – Book Review

This month I review the autobiography of an international rugby legend…

I’ve always loved reading autobiographies of athletes. As it’s been a while since I have read one, I decided to change that this month. Dan Carter is an All Blacks legend with 112 tests for New Zealand and the highest point scorer in the history of test match rugby  with 1,598 points.

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The Genius in all of us – Book Review

This month I review a book discussing the numerous factors that contribute to the development of talent.

This month I decided to read a book that is more broadly related to talent development and general coaching etc.

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Ask the Expert – Dr Emma Kavanagh (Bournemouth University)

Dr Kavanagh is a lecturer and researcher at Bournemouth University, as well as chartered sport scientist specializing in performance psychology…

1. Give us a bit of background on yourself… (sporting career, qualifications, coaching experience)

I played hockey to an international level but that was a long time ago now – that experience led me to coaching and my love of psychology. My degree was sport science and my Masters in Sport Psychology, I also have a PhD and am a chartered sport scientist specializing in performance psychology.
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Book Review

This month’s book is an international best seller…

For May’s book I used a slightly different format. I came across Audible when Ron McKeefrey was giving away his book CEO Strength Coach for free.
You may remember in my previous post on 10 ways to improve as a coach that I quite like using a podcast as part of my commute to maximize time and invest in my development. Well another one I could add to that category is Audible – really useful way to utilize audio books…

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