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Take Charge of Your Team Culture

culturePhil Niemela shares 20 messages that coaches can use to improve the culture of their program.

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:

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My Experience as a Psych on a Bike

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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.”

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Speech Anxiety: #1 Fear in America

Fear-of-Public-Speaking-imageDo you suffer from glossophobia? Well if you do, you’re not alone.

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.

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Emotional Intelligence: Social Awareness

Each week for 4 weeks, Dr. Kamphoff is discussing the concept of emotional intelligence on 93.1 with TJ and Lisa.  The 1st week, they discussed the first component of emotional intelligence, self-awareness.  The 2nd week, they discussed the component of self-management.  This week they discussed social awareness being the third component of emotional intelligence. To learn more, you can read Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves.

Below is a summary of the interview on 93.1 with TJ and Lisa.

The 3rd component of emotional intelligence: Social Awareness

What is social awareness?  It’s the ability to accurately pick up on the emotions of others and understand what’s going on.

You will know when someone is being socially aware with you when it seems like they can “read your mind”, or they know exactly what you need. Certain things you can begin pick up on to enhance your social awareness are: people’s posture, body language, tone of voice, and facial expressions.  It’s really important in this day and age to enhance social awareness because there are so many distractions.

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Emotional Intelligence: Self-Awareness

Each week for 4 weeks, Dr. Kamphoff is discussing the concept of emotional intelligence on 93.1 with TJ and Lisa. Last week they discussed an overview of emotional intelligence that you can listen to or read here. This week, they discussed the first component of emotional intelligence, self-awareness. To learn more, you can read Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves. Continue reading