In this episode I talk to long standing colleague, coach and friend Toni Minichiello, coach to one of the World’s greatest athletes Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill. I’ve worked with Toni since 2001 and while we’ve talked about everything and anything over the years, it was fascinating to capture his thoughts about the key area of communication, his thoughts, ideas, techniques and how they have evolved over the years;

Show notes
1:33 Communication and conveying knowledge and ideas for maximum impact
2:18 Gleaning information from the athletes of different ages/abilities/experience
5:25 Athletes critiquing themselves negatively
6:10 Toni Minichiello’s coaching style
6:40 Communication assumptions!
8:33 High performers and communication
8:55 Finding a mutual vocabulary/language
12:55 Motivational styles and mindsets
17:00 Succinct information at critical points…deliver two points
20:00 Motivation, confidence…pushing the positive
20:40 The coach has to make the decision based on your knowledge and experience of the athlete…coach what you see
23:45 Working/communicating with a coach…add value!

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Dr Steve Ingham is one of the UK’s leading figures in sport and one of the world’s leading performance scientists. He is steeped in high performance and has been integral to the development of Britain into an Olympic superpower. He has provided support to over 1000 athletes, of which over 200 have achieved World or Olympic medal success, including some of the world’s greatest athletes such as Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent. Steve has coached Kelly Sotherton's running for heptathlon and to 4x400m Olympic medal winning success. Steve has worked at the English Sports Council British Olympic Association, English Institute of Sport, where Steve was the Director of Science and Technical Development, leading a team of 200 scientists in support of Team GB and Paralympics GB. Ingham holds a BSc, PhD and is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Steve is author of the best selling ‘How to Support a Champion: The art of applying science to the elite athlete’, discussing and inspiring the importance of learning and adapting to reach our maximum potential. Steve established Supporting Champions with the ambition of helping ambitious people to find a better way of creating high-performance. Steve hosts the Supporting Champions Podcast on sharing his pursuit of understanding and exploration in performance.

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