How To Give Effective Praise To Be A Better Coach


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Coaching Tip: Occasionally I will post tips specifically for the coaches out there. If you’re not a coach,  you will still be able to use them to improve as a teammate or training partner.

Make sure that your compliments, appreciation and praise aren’t predictable. What I mean, is that you shouldn’t just say “nice job on the WOD today” to each and every member after a workout. If you want to make a big impact as a coach, you should use more specific and individualized coaching remarks.

  • Instead of “you did a nice job today” try something more powerful like “damn, the way you ran those 200s was impressive, I can really tell that you were pushing yourself and your form has improved tremendously from when I coached you last…that was awesome.”
  • Let your athletes know something specific that stood out to you when you give your positive feedback.

That kind of personal touch will make your athletes feel more positive, successful, and satisfied. It will also help you build a more personal relationship with that person, who will likely come to you for more feedback and specific coaching.


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