Learning is Consensual (Ep. 6 Transcript and Show Notes)

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Strong Athletic Podcast Episode 6: Learning is Consensual

Nadia Kean (show host)

I was coaching a clinic that I hold called Camp Elite in Eugene, Oregon. At some point while I was coaching I started to notice the body language and the look on the face of this one skater. They just looked like they were bored out of their mind. So, (laughs) I started to get distracted watching them, and they were just, like, looking down at the ground. They didn’t really look engaged, and it’s funny how you can be coaching 50 people and half of them are shaking their head, “Yes”, and they’re like “Oh yeah, that’s a good idea.” But, if one person looks like their angry or pissed, distracted annoyed or just disinterested you get hung up on that person. This is definitely a coaching rookie mistake, but I did this.

I reminded myself, “You know, you can’t win them all,” and I kept on coaching.

At the end of the session, this skater comes up, and she says, “Hey! I just wanted to tell you that was such a good session. I learned so much and I really appreciate how you took the time to talk to us and explain things to us.” So, I was pretty surprised, because like I said, I thought she was really disinterested, bored out of her mind and pretty disgruntled.

She’s holding this apple in her hand and she asked me, “Have you ever seen someone split an apple apart just using their hand?” And I hadn’t so I told her that. Then she proceeded to split an apple apart with one hand, and then (laughs) she was like, “Alright, you want half the apple?” I did, so I took it and that was that.

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Kean: Hello and welcome to the Strong Athletic Podcast! This is your host Nadia Kean. I am the host of this podcast and also the owner of Strong Athletic, the t-shirt company. This is Episode 6, Learning is Consensual.

So, if this is your first time listening to the

Strong Athletic Podcast, I’d like to welcome you. Welcome! Thank you so much for listening to this podcast. And if this is your sixth time listening to the Strong Athletic Podcast, I’d like to welcome you back. In this podcast we talk about why people get into sports, why they choose to leave sports and why they stay (in) sports. We also examine the methods for coaches and athletes to learn how to communicate more effectively and that’s because we want learning to take place faster and we also want it to be more productive and more enjoyable.

Now, I started this podcast because I was looking for a resource like this podcast to help me get better at coaching and I just couldn’t find it. So I decided if I couldn’t find the exact thing that I wanted I would just create it for myself. Now, sometime while I was designing the show notes and creating the content I realized that there really weren’t resources for athletes to learn how to get better at being coached. Or to learn how to communicate with their coach better or ask for what they want or tell coaches what they don’t want, etc. So, I decided it’d be pretty rad if this show had a counterpart where we also made content for athletes, and so, that’s exactly what the Strong Athletic Podcast does.

I think that a lot of time in sports there’s a lot of missed opportunity, and usually missed opportunity comes in the form of underperformance. And, on occasion, underperformance is caused by a, like uh (thinking of the right word)... a miscommunication between a coach and an athlete. I want to avoid these types of underperformances because when you’re really performing at your peak in sport, it’s exhilarating and it feels wonderful when you you’re finally getting out of it what you’ve put into it. Also, sometimes underperformance is not the worst thing that happens. Sometimes athletes or coaches leave sport and so I really want to avoid that because I want to help to keep people in sport.

Now, you might wonder why I’m obsessed with sport. First I have to say that I’m not a sports fanatic. For instance, the Houston Astros were just in the World Series and I didn’t watch a single game, and yes I am a Texan. (laughs) I don’t really pay attention to football, basketball, gymnastics, hockey, it’s not that I just want to just spend all of my time watching sport. I have made a life in sports , and more specifically in coaching and also through Strong Athletic. So, here’s the thing. In today’s world, so many people are wanting to draw a massive line in the dirt and say that you’re either on this side of the line or you’re on that side. And if you’re with me, you believe everything that I believe. You agree with me completely and you are just like me and if you don’t then go to the other side of the line, we are different.

I find these differences that we are creating in the world alarming and I also think that they are harmful for us. In this world where people are finding so many differences between themselves and the person next to them, I think that