29. On the court: Championship Behaviours with Hugh McCutcheon

I listened to Hugh McCutcheon's Ted Talk in the autumn of last year, I was driving home, I remember I was nodding my head...a lot. I also remember that when I entered our home that my wife and me rewatched the talk from the beginning. It's that good.

29. On the court: Championship Behaviours with Hugh McCutcheon
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This short article spotlights Hugh's excellent Ted Talk and the process of creating and delivering it.

Not a recap

This post will not talk about the message that Hugh delivered...there just isn't anything to add here. πŸ™‚

Seriously, if you're a parent, teacher or a coach and you didn't listen to the talk yet.

Stop reading and start watching!

This isn't easy

Being able to communicate well and confidently is undeniably a major part of being a great coach. Being able to deliver your message on a consistent basis or being great at asking the right questions...that isn't an easy feat to accomplish.

I'm an avid podcast listener, in the field of health and sports I listen to a lot of these Ted Talks and here at VolleyBrains, we did a decent amount of video call interviews with top performing pro volleyball coaches.

I highly respect and think there is a lot to be learned from skilled communicators.

Myself, I do know that I still struggle a lot with trying to be a great 'interviewer'. The excuse of not being a native English speaker is an easy out. πŸ™‚

Mount Olympus

I like to dig a bit deeper after having listened to something that hits...of course there is this proximity bias playing up - me liking this talk 'more' because it's a volleyball coach delivering it - but even then, it hit home.

Doing a public talk is like reaching 'the top of Mount Olympus' of message transfer.

  • An audience that doesn't always know you
  • You have limited time to make a real connection with your audience
  • You need to set up your message well; brief but comprehensive
  • You need to deliver your message even better; witty and sharp
  • Hit it home and end with an overarching and clear conclusion

Call with Hugh

For VolleyBrains we had an interview set up with Hugh (will go live next weekend) and I couldn't let the opportunity go to waste to dig a bit deeper into the preparation of the talk he had delivered.

In this clip Hugh goes over the process behind his Ted Talk.


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