Here at MSU, the graduate students have the privilege of working with teams and individuals in the surrounding area. This allows us, as students, to apply what we learn and help athletes and teams reap the psychological benefits of mental skills training. It is the second years in the program who lead the sessions while the first years observe and take notes in preparation for their role as co-leads in the winter. This fall we worked with a variety of sports such as volleyball, football, tennis, cross-country, and baseball. No matter the sport, the psychological aspect cannot be underestimated.
Ashley Raulli shares her experiences at the 2017 and 2018 AASP national conferences, held in Orlando and Toronto, respectively.
This was my second year attending the Association for Applied Sport Psychology’s (AASP) national conference. It seems like a no brainer that my two experiences were different, but it wasn’t because the content was different. It is because my mindset was different. Last year, I went into the conference wanting to absorb all the information like a sponge. I wasn’t really interested in learning more about future careers or schooling because I had no idea which direction I was going post-graduation. This year, I had a better idea of my purpose in this field, and the AASP conference answered a lot of big questions I had in regards to post-master’s degree life.
Coaches constantly send messages to their players, school, and community that shape the culture of their team/program. The clearer a coach is on the messages they send, the more effective those messages will be, and the more control they will have on their culture. Decide what you value and communicate it every day to the people in and around your program.
Here is a list of 20 messages I have seen and heard from successful coaches regarding shaping team culture:
Kathryn Wallskog shares her experience with the Psychs on Bikes crew at the 2015 Mankato Marathon.
“I had a great experience helping out with the Psychs on Bikes Team at the Mankato Marathon. Right away, I had no idea what to expect since I had no previous experience with Marathon runners. At the beginning of the race, a few classmates and I stood at the starting area and offered encouragement to those preparing to run. After the start, we began biking with the runners and asked them if they wanted a talking buddy to take their mind off running. I had the privilege to speak with several runners. Notably, I talked to one lady who had run two marathons in as many weeks and was going to run an ultra-marathon the following weekend. We talked about her passion for running and what she loved about the sport. I was amazed by her dedication and commitment to running, and the fact that she could run so much in such little time. I also got to spend several miles talking to a lady who was running because she had the goal of completing a marathon before she turned 40. We had a great conversation, and I found that I strongly related to her personal struggle with body image. We talked for over an hour about life and our experiences. There were a few times that she was struggling, but I did my best to encourage her and help her realize how far she had already come. I found that what she wanted most was somebody to talk to and share her experience with. I saw her at the finish line and congratulated her, and told her that I was happy to be a part of her journey. Overall, I am very glad that I got to be a part of the Mankato Marathon – it was an inspiration to watch so many people accomplish their goals.”
Glossophobia, or speech anxiety, is the fear of public speaking, or speaking in general. Many sources claim that it is the #1 fear in America, even greater than death.
Regardless of your occupation, the ability to communicate effectively is extremely important. Speaking is only one way of communicating, but it is important. So why is it, then, that people have such a fear of public speaking? Are they afraid to make a mistake? Do they have a topic they are passionate about, and they’re afraid a poor speech would turn people off of the topic?
Regardless of the reason, here are ten tips from Toastmasters International, an organization for the purpose of helping members improve communication, public speaking and leadership skills, on how to manage your nervousness.