As an active player and basketball player at school, I was lucky to have been trained by competent coaches. Not only are they excellent in their assessment of the game, but they are also very proficient in building an immediate relationship with the players, and they know their players outdoors.
But what deeply inspires me is the fact that not only do these coaches know the sport well, but they also speak very well! They can address complex strategies in a clear, concise and concise way, convey complex movements, breaking them down step by step into systematic instructions, and most importantly, they can give much-needed inspiring speeches when the team seems to be losing hope.
I witnessed first-hand how important a public address is for sports coaching.
Years later I obtained a basketball coaching license (along with a series of coaching certificates) and started coaching the game. That’s when I realized how important it is that well delivered, inspiring speech can do wonders for the team.
Since then I have started intensive experiments to discover powerful strategies that I can use to inspire my players. Here I present one of the most important strategies that I have chosen as a coach when it comes to providing inspiring speech and the pep talk that your players can remember for the rest of their lives.
Strategy: Remind players why they play the game
The first step in any inspiring speech or pep talk is to turn to a large KOGO. Why do your players play the game first? Why do your players want what they want? Why do they want to win the game so badly? Why do they want to win the championship? Why do they want to come back for tiring training when they could spend time relaxing somewhere else?
Ask your players to focus again on the big WHEN they are in the game, or on the first place in the competition. The bigger the why, the more important are the reasons why they can come up with, the more inspiration they can become.
As a trainer, I often carry out affirmative and visualization exercises. I want my players to confirm their LAST by asking them specific questions, such as the following:
- Why do you first join this team?
- Why do you want to win the championship?
- Why do you want to give your best for the team?
Every player knows clearly why he is on the team, what he wants and why he wants what he wants. Needless to say, most of the time they are inspired, even in the face of obstacles or stronger opponents.