In this weeks On Coaching Podcast, we cover how social media influences performance. The ever-growing influence of social media and our online interactions change how our athletes (and our selfs!) relate to performing. Our comparison point has changed. We now have to judge ourselves against a never-ending supply of ‘friends’ on Instagram and Facebook. Our top athletes receive feedback from armchair quarterbacks after poor races. How do we deal with it all? That’s what this podcast is all about. Topics covered include:

  • Why message boards aren’t worth the risk.
  • Why the internet creates hostile arguments
  • Being Intent with your use of social media. What are you using it for? Are you mindlessly utilizing it?
  • How do we assimilate information and apply it?
  • The dilemma of expertise in a social media world. How everyone can become an expert and why we have to do our due diligence to understand who knows what they are talking about or not.
  • The importance of having skin in the game.
  • Paying your dues and finding a mentor.
  • “Coaching is NOT creating a menu of training intensities and workouts. That’s a fitness instructor. Coaching is teaching people how to win.”
  • The Blame Game: How do we handle conflict and blame in a modern world?
  • Are you allowing other people space in your head rent free? Be aware who you are giving influence to.

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    1. Steve Sexton on February 19, 2019 at 12:35 am

      Jon And Steve, I enjoyed your pod cast On Coaching, of how social media influences performance.

      Jon, I’d spoken to you personally several years ago. I’d asked your opinion on what might be important aspects of coaching high school kids. I was, at that time, a new coach to Parkrose HS track and cross country, You strongly suggested to keep “It Fun”. I took that to heart, as I respected you as a coach with experience and you would know what you are talking about. However, not giving me much detail as to how to make training young kids “Fun”, I still kept that in mind when designing training for all levels of ability. That said, I can almost write a book of how to make practice fun and have success. And, I’m still learning more each season of what is fun and yet becoming more competitive.

      During your podcast you’d had stated that a true coach is one that coaches to win the race. I do agree to that, to a certain extent. But, like I said, I have kids of all abilities and their “winning” is to just cross the finish line. There is a difference between low ability level and being top in state of what is perceived to “win” the race. High school level track and cross country can be the beginning and the end of running for most kids. Certainly there are the star athletes that can win races. But what is a coach’s success is the fun atmosphere that all levels of ability can experience together and improve themselves further.

      BTW, why did you leave Portland State so soon. You’d mentioned you came into it when it was very un-organized? Did you establish it in a way to move forward towards success?

      I enjoy your podcast, Thx!

      Steve Sexton

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