Strong for Mentoring Athletes

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Coaches can learn seven critical communication skills
that will allow them to really connect with their athletes,
be a game-changer in the athletes’ lives,
and have a lasting, positive impact.

Coaches want their athletes to learn the game, condition their bodies and compete well.


Coaches also have the potential to develop a mentor relationship with athletes and have an impact in their lives beyond sports.


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But it isn't easy to connect with young people. It takes special communication skills, and most coaches haven't had training in these skills. This deficit limits their potential for creating high-impact relationships.


Strong for Mentoring Athletes is a self-paced, self-directed virtual coaching system for improving 7 critical Communication Skills that will enable coaches to create greater rapport while making athletes feel understood and respected.


Conversations with athletes will be more open and meaningful, on-field issues will be resolved more easily, and relationships with these young people will grow stronger.


As coaches use these skills, they’ll be setting the example for the most effective ways of relating to others.


And they’ll encourage athletes to think, which stimulates their brains to form a strong foundation for critical thinking, judgment and problem-solving.


The program also helps coaches work on 12 areas of Personal Strength that are related to working with athletes.


The skills and strengths in the Strong for Mentoring Athletes program will enable coaches to become game-changers in their athletes’ lives, having a lifelong, positive impact.

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Why do communication skills and personal strengths matter?

To really connect with kids in a positive way, coaches will need to grow stronger in two key areas:



Communication Skills – The 7 most critical coach-youth interaction skills

Personal Strengths –The top 12 practices for dealing with the challenges of coaching today’s athletes


Interacting in a positive, productive manner builds the kind of relationship that can help prepare a young person for life.


Strong for Mentoring Athletes focuses on these seven essential communication skills:

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  • Listening – Giving attention, checking understanding
  • Stimulating thinking – Asking questions to get the other person to think
  • Guiding learning from experience – Asking questions about what, why, consequences, and lessons learned
  • Engaging in dialogue – Keeping an open mind while asking about opinions
  • Giving encouragement – Acknowledging situation, affirming, offering support
  • Giving constructive feedback – Affirming positives, describing observed behavior, its impact, and desired behavior
  • Resolving conflicts creatively together – Asking about needs, brainstorming mutually beneficial options



Personal strengths are behavior patterns for dealing with the challenges coaches face when interacting with athletes. There are many ways to be strong, but these 12 areas make a huge difference when dealing with athletes:


  • Awareness – being in the moment with an athlete and noticing moods and changes in habits
  • Compassion – showing empathy and understanding
  • Composure – keeping your cool when things get hot
  • Empowerment – influencing athletes by developing, inspiring, and encouraging them
  • Fairness – setting and enforcing reasonable guidelines
  • Flexibility – changing course as needed
  • Honesty – communicating the truth through what you say
  • Integrity – doing what you say you’ll do
  • Optimism – taking a realistic, balanced view
  • Patience – waiting for the right time to speak or act
  • Perseverance – not giving up, even in tough times
  • Tolerance – honoring the unique qualities of each athlete
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The SCIENCE behind Strong for Mentoring Athletes

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Taking courses, reading books and watching videos are helpful ways to learn. But these activities by themselves can’t build an athletic coach's communication skills and personal strengths.


That’s because developing these core areas is a lot like working out at a gym to build physical strength. After people learn what’s involved, they need to follow up with lots of practice and repetition. As their muscles get stronger, the exercises get easier.


Improving personal strengths and communication skills works the same way. That’s because:

Knowing how to do something is not the same as doing it.

Even if coaches know what to do, that doesn’t mean they’ll actually do it when they need to.


When coaches face unexpected challenges, they may not have time to think about what they’ve learned. They’ll only have time to react. They’ll automatically do what already feels familiar and comfortable.

That's because old habits are hard-wired in the brain. Coaches have to literally REWIRE their brain to create new habits. And this will require many repetitions of the new behavior in the real world with athletes.

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With Strong for Mentoring Athletes they get a proven process for creating positive habits. It's as easy as 1-2-3!


1. FOCUS on ONE area at a time and get tips, insights and ideas about what to do.


2. Take ACTION – Apply one of the insights in a real interaction with an athlete.


3. REFLECT on this experience to decide what they can do differently next time.


And then they repeat this simple process over and over until the behavior feels natural.

How much time will it take?

Once they're focused on a single area for development, coaches just need to spend about 5-10 minutes on the program each day absorbing helpful tips, insights and ideas. The real magic happens when they use these insights as they interact with athletes.

They can make getting a daily dose of Strong for Mentoring Athletes a habit by using it at the same time each day.

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What coaches get with their one-year subscription
Strong for Mentoring Athletes

Virtual coaching 24/7 with…

The Focus-Action-Reflection process for developing new habits

The Top 7 critical communication skills - videos with exercises and resources

The Top 12 strengths athletic coaches need – 7 types of multi-media exercises for each personal strength area

A secure, confidential archive for all their completed exercises


Power tools…

Their own private Coaching Network of people they choose

A secure, confidential archive for all their completed exercises

Ability to ask for feedback, suggestions and advice from people who care about their success


Magical results…

Coaches become more aware of the needs of their athletes

They really connect with kids

Issues get resolved

The young person feels understood, accepted and respected

Which builds more self-esteem and self-confidence

And the bond between coach and athlete grows stronger

The kids they work with learn how to interact in a mature way

The young person wires his or her brain to think critically

Which makes it easier to control impulses

What coaches see the first time they log in
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