Building Rapport

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey It is the third day of British Championships and the athlete, with a grin on her face gives me a high five. I wait as she catches her breath, and she says those magic words…

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Role-modelling vulnerability

I understand now that the vulnerability I’ve always felt is the greatest strength a person can have. Elizabeth Shue Conference attendance checklist Sit in rows and cross arms Look for aspects of presentations that you disagree with and shake head in response Ask an aggressively critical question Conference presentation checklist Avoid talking about mistakes Intimidate…

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Unpaid Internships

The issue of unpaid internships is a difficult and controversial subject. I have chosen to write this as an opinion piece rather than an official line and I don’t expect everyone will agree with all aspects of this blog and don’t expect you’ll get clear answers here too – (just getting my disclaimers in). However,…

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Top websites for jobs in sport and performance

Continuing our focus on supporting performance people of the future by offering more support for students, graduates and early career professionals – this week I’m offering up my advice as to where you might want to look and what you need to know about these job websites; First up, it’s worth recognising that not all…

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Work experience is the thing employers are looking for

“The only source of knowledge is experience” Albert Einstein Picture the scene Imagine your wedding day. It’s been building up for months; the planning, the visits, the lists. Everyone is dressed in their poshest clobber, the sun is shining and the best man has removed jokes about the mother in law from his speech. The…

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Attending to the voices that matter

“Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing, and you will never be criticised.” Elbert Hubbard, in John North Willys Who’s on your list? Who’s in your inner circle of trust? Who matters when it comes to the flurry of opinions that get expressed in response to something you do? In a world that is increasingly…

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Katelyn Ohashi

Podcast special feature interviews coming up A few weeks ago, Katelyn Ohashi, broke the internet when her gymnastics floor routine went viral. The routine captured the imagination of those watching, by showing a rare combination of joy married with devastating athleticism, precision and perfection. The sport of gymnastics has been hurting in recent years, with…

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