145 episodes

Want to help young people to unleash their potential? Need advice on the best approaches and the latest science? The Talent Equation podcast seeks to answer the important questions facing parents, coaches and talent developers.

Each episode will help to wade through the research, and offer independent guidance to anyone that wants to see young people flourish.

The Talent Equation Podcast Stuart Armstrong

    • Sports
    • 4.6, 37 Ratings

Want to help young people to unleash their potential? Need advice on the best approaches and the latest science? The Talent Equation podcast seeks to answer the important questions facing parents, coaches and talent developers.

Each episode will help to wade through the research, and offer independent guidance to anyone that wants to see young people flourish.

    "I am a guest in someone else's practice" - a conversation with Greg Spencer

    "I am a guest in someone else's practice" - a conversation with Greg Spencer

    Greg Spencer has spent a good proportion of his life afloat...he is a paddler...he is passionate about all forms of self propelled floating water craft...he particularly loves canoes and he loves helping other people to fall in love with canoes.

    In this conversation, Greg and I explore how canoe coaching sets so comfortably with the ecological approach and how it has influenced the ways in which he works to develop a club environment that is about "people learning from people".

    We cover a lot of ground including...

    - Why young people make the best coaches
    - Why the least psychologically safe space for kids is an age grade team
    - How he wants to develop clubs that are 'nested social learning spaces'
    - The role of the coach as a facilitator of learning - a 'guide by the side'

    I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did

    Check out www.singleblade.co.uk for more information on the work that Greg is doing

    Stuart

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Developing coaches through 'Cut, Bleed & Bandage' - A Coach Logic 'Breakfast Club' with Ed Coughlan

    Developing coaches through 'Cut, Bleed & Bandage' - A Coach Logic 'Breakfast Club' with Ed Coughlan

    This weeks podcast comes from a 'Breakfast Club' session that I did with the Mark Cairns, one of the founders of 'Coach Logic' and Dr Ed Coughlan.

    In this conversation, Ed walks through his ideas about helping coaches to develop using a 'cut, bleed and bandage approach' and we then explore various other methods and some ways that coaches can commit to their development and learning.

    Hope you enjoy.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    "CLA has given us the ability to develop 'anti-fragile' movers" a conversation with Kathy Sierra

    "CLA has given us the ability to develop 'anti-fragile' movers" a conversation with Kathy Sierra

    Kathy Sierra is the name behind the fabulous @intrinzen Twitter account and the @Pantherflows Instagram account. Kathy has an amazing backstory including time as an exercise physiologist and owner of one of the biggest gyms in California to a career in video game design.

    More recently she spends her time using ecological principles to develop the movement capabilities of horses. As her website puts it...

    "We use the principles of exercise physiology, motivation science, and neuroscience in a specific, unique way to develop a horse that is intrinsically motivated to “dance” in true self-carriage. Not for us, but for himself. And all of the wonderful experiences we have the horse — from ground work to riding — are the beautiful, organic side-effect of helping the horse develop autonomy, mastery, and purpose through powerful postures and movements".

    It is absolutely astounding...as is this conversation....it really doesn't matter if you are into horses or not...trust me...you will not want to miss this conversation...

    • 2 hr 2 min
    "Recognising people for their own personal genius" - a conversation Gerard Jones

    "Recognising people for their own personal genius" - a conversation Gerard Jones

    Gérard Jones is Elite Coach Educator with the Fédération Royale Marocaine de Football (Moroccan Football Federation).

    He is also published author and professional football coach with over 14 years coaching experience across the world. He recently served as a Grassroots Instructor with USSF and Director of Coaching in the US, having also been a Head of Academy Coaching at EFL League One side Bristol Rovers FC, where he was responsible for coach and player development.

    In this podcast we discuss Coach Education, Non Linear Pedagogy, 'Priming to attune' and a range of other subjects.

    Enjoy

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Jamie Edwards meets The Conclave

    Jamie Edwards meets The Conclave

    Jamie Edwards from 'Trained Brain' makes a welcome return to the show to explore some of the challenges being presented by the current lockdown and how coaches can help themselves to deal with the effects of social isolation as well as helping athletes to work through it.

    In this episode Jamie meets 'The Conclave' the Talent Equation's monthly learning community to answer questions.

    It is a really interesting discussion.

    If you would like to find out more about the work Jamie does then head over to https://www.trained-brain.com/

    If you would like to join The Conclave...you would be more than welcome...just head over to https://www.patreon.com/thetalentequation

    Stay safe...

    • 1 hr 55 min
    "Moving from athlete centred coaching towards 'needs centred' coaching" - a conversation with Alan Keane & Mark Bennett

    "Moving from athlete centred coaching towards 'needs centred' coaching" - a conversation with Alan Keane & Mark Bennett

    Mark Bennett from 'Performance Development Systems' and Alan Keane, Head Coach of Reading Rockets Basketball Club make a welcome return to the show to share some of their latest thinking around coaching and coach development.

    The conversation centres around why they have moved away from the term 'athlete centred' or 'player centred' coaching towards 'need centred or needs led' coaching. We explore what this means, why it is important and how it is applied.

    In this discussion we cover the following:

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    - Why asking questions doesn't make you an athlete centred coach
    - How to help athletes define what the WANT is compatible with what they NEED
    - The 3 'A's' of 'The rule of 3'
    - Why 'selling the why' is so important

    Mark and Alan are embarking on an extensive engagement programme to support coach learning while everyone is in lock down. Head to www.pdscoaching.com to find out more.

    • 1 hr 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

Frank Kelly ,

Great info for sports coaches, athletes and parents

If you are a coach who wants to get better, an athelete who wants to do the same or a parent who wants to help their child then this is the Podcast to listen too.
So many amazing guests across different sports and different fields esp. psychology.
"Ditch those drills!"

ElevatedBasketball ,

Free for All on FreePlay!!!

Interview Ted Kroeten, was phenomonal! A real life case study into how children athletes acquire love of the game and skill - these ideas are worth 2nd/3rd thoughts and discussion for any sports organization.

SW User ,

Should be Required

Stuart’s knowledge and that of his guests is unparalleled in this space. This podcast should be required listening for anyone in the Coach Development space and all coaches. Great Work Stuart!!

TJ Buchanan
Technical Director, Athlete Development
US Lacrosse

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