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Effective Modern Coaching by Myles Downey

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– Chapter 8 –

Generating understanding and raising awareness

This chapter concerns one of the skill sets shown in the chart in the previous chapter. These skills are at the core of effective coaching, and not being proficient in them is simply not an option for a coach.

In this skill set, the intent is to help the player understand himself and his situation more fully, so that he can make better decisions than he would have done anyway. Notice that I have not said the right decision. When I first came upon The Inner Game of Tennis, I was very excited and gave it to my mother to read. She had been a successful tennis player, and I wanted her to understand my excitement. She took the book away and read it. On returning it to me, she said: ‘I did ...

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