Your Coaching Is Only as Good as Your Presentation

Eric C. Stevens
Martial Arts, Sport Psychology, Boxing

There are many elements that make a great teacher, coach, or trainer. A mastery of the fundamentals, an emphasis on continuing education, and the practical application of putting the pieces together are all musts. A great coach has a thorough understanding of strategy, science, and history.


But knowledge is meaningless without the ability to translate it to others.

When it comes to top-level coaching, one quality stands above all others: the ability to effectively communicate. It is a critical, defining characteristic. Playing high-level sports doesn’t make you a high-level coach, and a mastery of the nuts and bolts of training methodology doesn’t mean you’ve mastered the ability to convey that knowledge. Any good teacher has a grasp of their subject matter, but a great teacher motivates and inspires through effectively presenting that material.


Effective presenting has nothing to do with slick PowerPoints, talking fast, or having a fancy vocabulary. Further, great presenting isn’t the same as having a commanding presence. Great presenting is about motivating your audience towards actionable results. A great presenter understands that as important as the material is, the needs of the audience matter more. A presenter is simply a teacher who educates, inspires, and creates.


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