Words to the Wise
We’ve all given them, or heard them, and sometimes taken credit when all has subsequently gone well. But are team talks effective? Mike Dale took advice from two world-class coaches…
Conducted in locked, sweat-soaked dressing rooms or whispered, furtive and furrow-browed, at trackside – the coach’s pep talk is something of an enigma.
A few carefully chosen words can inspire victory against overwhelming odds but, as Raymond Domenech will attest, if done badly, team talks can be explosive, ruinous affairs. Because they’re almost always conducted in private, it’s difficult to extract first-hand secrets as to how top-class coaches construct their team talks.