BOOK REVIEW: READY TO RUN by Dr. Kelly Starrett


Disclaimer: I have not met Dr. Kelly Starrett (though I would love to) and he has no clue I am reviewing his book.  I only promote things that I find of real value and this book is no exception.

Every once in a while there will come a book that once you read it, you decide to stop in your tracks, take a moment to reflect and re-evaluate everything.  This is one of those books!  I have a love hate relationship with these type of books because they will really challenge you to evaluate your approach and potentially convince you to adopt a whole new approach to achieving a similar end.  This process involves being uncomfortable and willing to look at things in a different way.

I am truly convinced that basic mobility needs to be a primary focus when developing today’s athlete.  That doesn’t mean I don’t think strength and power is what makes great athletes.  It just means I think that today’s athlete is best served when we put an emphasis on the thing that will put them in a position to maximize that strength and power by encouraging proper movement patterns and unlocking full ranges of motion.


If you have been training athletes for any decent period of time then you have to have noticed a trend with each new class of kids.  As society grows and human innovation advances the childhood you once knew becomes a thing of the past.  We all have heard it before, so I won’t beat the dead the horse too much.  Hours of free play like, climbing trees, pick-up games, capture the flag, or whatever activity that you use to do that kept you outside for hours on end until you heard that siren like call from mom or dad as they yell your name out the back door or from down the block, have diminished or in some cases disappeared.  Our adult lives haven’t fared any better.  Many careers have us sitting and mostly inactive for hours at a time.

It is hard not to notice most of today’s life is spent sitting.  We wake up to sit down for breakfast, then we get up to sit in our cars while we travel to work or school, from the car to the cubicle or the school desk, then back to the car, perhaps to the gym for an hour, then back to sitting, but now on it’s on the sofa.  I understand this is a gross generalization, but evaluate your day or the days of those you know and there will be a striking resemblance.  This type of living has real consequences and we see it every day.  The majority of the athletes I see have a very hard time getting into very basic and fundamental positions required for everyday living let alone high performance sport.  Joints become stiff, surfaces glued down, and muscles and tendons stiff and shortened.  Many of these undesirable adaptations can be battled by making better decisions throughout the day.

Some questions to think about:  What are you doing to restore the postures and positions that your body was meant to utilize?  If you can’t get into those ideal positions, then what are you sacrificing when your body must to find a new way to get the job done?

The basic premise of the book is…

“All human beings should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves.” -Starrett

The book sheds light on the type of adaptations these lifestyle decisions cause.  He highlights the basic movements that we should be efficient at and has created 12 standards that we should achieve for a long life of pain-free and power packed running.  He also goes into intriguing detail about the flaws in our footwear, hydration, and recovery along with a host of other valuable insights.  The best part of the book is that not only does he give you the why’s but he gives you the how’s.  He do so in extraordinary detail, so that when you turn the last page you are ready to start your journey to unlocking your full athletic potential.

My Favorite Part:

This book promotes personal responsibility.  This resonates with me as an individual and as a coach:

“It is not the job of a sports medicine professional, running or shoe salesman, to take care of your tissues and joints, the positions you practice throughout the day, whether you hydrate or not, and whether you’re actively working to retraining normal ranges of motion in your feet, ankles, legs, hips, and back.  IT’S YOUR JOB.” -Starrett


”When you visit the chiropractor, physical therapist, sports medicine clinic, or other body worker, go in with some hard-won knowledge to share.” -Starrett


Something to Think About:

In the chapter on hydration he mentions a method to check your hydration level.  You can evaluate your urine by using a Rapid Response Urine Dipstick or RRUD.  He goes into detail about how it measures not only hydration, but it can also detect the presence of leukocytes and protein, which are present in the urine after really hard training.  He suggests that if they are still present prior to the next training session, then you are not fully recovered.

I have heard of many techniques of assessing readiness each with varying costs, but I have never heard of this up until now and I couldn’t help but see the implications.  Best of all was the affordability!  You can purchase about 100 strips for $15 on amazon.  Just something to think about for those looking for affordable and accurate ways to assess recovery and readiness.

I hope you all enjoyed the review and decide to go pick up the the book.  Most of all I hope you start making great decisions for your body throughout the day, everyday to ensure the long lasting freedom of movement and performance.


Special Thanks to Dr. Kelly Starrett:

Thanks for all the information you so graciously provide free of charge on your website and YouTube page.  Additionally, thanks for the awesome resource, which is Ready to Run.  Bravo.

Our Many Hats

Recently, I had an interaction with a student here at the university.  I was asked to help out with his sports psychology assignment.  That assignment asked some questions that happened to be extremely relevant to me as a coach and mentor.  I appreciated these questions because they forced me to examine my approaches.   I pride myself for having a “why” for every piece of my program, something that was ingrained in me early on thanks to my early coaching mentors.    Even still in this profession you must be better than average in so many realms (especially in my case with 5 different sports, 7 different teams).  The wide array of responsibilities you are tasked with blurs the lines when it comes to knowing exactly how you came to adopt certain strategies in the first place.  That is never truer than with how I developed my approach the mental side of coaching.  Before we get to my approach let us go back and reflect on my journey.

In the beginning of my coaching career I was just trying my best to apply what I have learned up to that point in my career.  Starting out was akin to a being outside in the middle of a hurricane.  You have, up to this point, learned so much and now it’s time to implement it…all of it…at once.  Overwhelming would be insufficient at best in terms of describing the situation.   My first obsession was with learning proper technique, so that I could show people how to perform the lifts.  This was a natural progression for me because I had always loved training, so learning how to do it properly was an easy ask.  Then you quickly realize that just being able to do and show someone is far from all you need to be an effective coach.  You really must be an artist of sorts, which can paint a picture through words so well that an individual can recreate the desired movement based off of just a few perfectly chosen words.  Even so, some may not respond to words and may be more sensory based and you may need to manually help them get into the proper position.  Some may have physical roadblocks that prevent them from getting into the proper position even if they knew how and you are tasked with identifying those roadblocks.  In my situation, and many others across the country, you must figure that all out in a room full of 15+ individuals in many times under and hour…Ready Go.

Now let’s talk about another hurdle called programming.  It takes a good amount of time to get a good handle on the art of programming of sets and reps for all aspects of athletic development (strength, speed, power, conditioning) in real situations with all the outside factors that never seem to rear their head on the drawing board.   To be honest this is still a challenge for me at times given certain situations.  There is nothing like programming for real people in real-time, with real world problems to solve.  When programming, did you anticipate the athlete who is constantly under-nourished, under-slept, and over-stressed?  I will tell you one thing.  You don’t learn that one in class and even if you are exposed to it in your internship each situation requires a different solution because we train individuals, a fact that makes my work so fun and so challenging.

Word of advice: You only get better by doing!  Beginner coaches out there; stay in the books, but also get out there and train people.  I was a personal trainer all through college and before that I would make programs for my friends.  You often learn by failing so don’t fear it.  This helped me immensely in my journey!

All that said, and this is only a snapshot of what goes into what I do.  I wanted to paint a picture for you, so you could see how detailed the job of a strength coach can be.  Often these details are left out on the job description.  Many people only have a very basic understanding of what we do.  It is not just reps, laps, shouting and whistles.  It is up to us to educate people if we want them to have a deeper understanding of what we really do.  Hopefully this piece can help out in that regard.  Of the many hats we coaches must wear the “psychology” hat is the most challenging.  Here is a look inside my thoughts on the subject in the format of responses to the questions the student presented to me:

  1. How prominently are mental factors involved in your work with physical activity participants?


I would say that mental factors need to be the focus even before the athlete is selected to be a part of the program or team.  Without the proper mental foundations the athlete will struggle to handle the rigors of training and often detract from the performance of the team.  When recruiting, coaches need to be very cognizant of these factors.   Most importantly mindset, will-power, determination, perseverance, etc.  The navy seals seem to have the best model for this at the moment.


Once the athletes are selected it is then my job to put them in stressful situations early and often, but in a semi-planned manner, so as not to overwhelm them with more than they can handle (i.e. periodization).  In these situations teaching points arise and this is where I am sure to pay deliberate attention to the mental muscles that we must develop for a successful season/career.


  1. What psychological objectives do you have for those with whom you work (e.g., increased self-esteem)?


It is highly important for them to increase or improve the following tactics or abilities:


Evaluate and analyze the current situation This could be during a strategic endeavor or simply in a scenario outside of the sport that demands mental accuracy.  As they say we are not what has happened to us but instead we are how we react to what has happened to us.


Motivation, Self-Confidence (Esteem) etc. – Belief in self is paramount.  I have a HUGE impact here, as a stronger athlete is also a more confident and motivated athlete!


Coping Athletes must be able to develop perspective.  Things may very well be tough, unfair, etc., but I once heard a great coach say “when feeling this way think…compared to what?”


Example:  I did poorly on my test and I got pulled over my life sucks.

Compared to what?

The guy who got into an accident and is fighting for his life.

Re-framing makes things not feel so horrible, thus you can move on.


Other objectives that I work on with my athletes are:

Communication, Teamwork, Focus/Concentration, Discipline, Perseverance, Mindset, etc. – these aren’t directly psychological, however I feel they have a huge mental element.


  1. How do you motivate those with whom you work?


My motivation techniques vary from person to person and team to team.  My techniques also evolve the more I study and learn. I have recently been reading books dealing with psychology; one called DRIVE, and a few others from various authors including Tony Robbins.  What resonated with me was attending to the 6 basic human needs:


  1. Certainty Create a safe place that has high expectations without baseless judgment.
  2. Variety Spice of life right!? It’s ok to have fun. You must battle staleness and boredom
  3. Significance Making athletes feel unique, important and needed!  Catch them doing good and broadcast it.
  4. Love/Connection Overused, but very true… “People don’t care what you know until they know that you care.”
  5. Growth The improvement of capability.  When an athlete is done with me I hope that I have shown them that they can accomplish what they once thought to be impossible.
  6. Contribution Every athlete, starting or not, needs to know and feel their contribution to the team.  It is part of my job to communicate and recognize this.


  1. What are the major psychological problems you encounter in working with physical activity participants?​


There are a few that come to mind:


False sense of confidence This seems prominent in this generation.  There is often a confidence that is not backed by consistent hard work or drive to accomplish something greater than oneself (TEAM).  Even when this drive is present, it is often fleeting in this “20 second attention span era”.  Consistency seems to be the best lesson here.


Lack of knowledge or belief in the power of Mindset A positive outlook is paramount to success in just about anything in life and the sooner I can convince athletes of this the quicker I can get them to improve themselves and the team.  Just as a poor attitude is contagious, so is a positive one.


I would like to thank the student who presented these questions to me (Thanks Cody).  In retrospect have done much of the above organically and some of it has been direct and intentional practice after learning.  I appreciate the challenge to sit and reflect on my methods.  Reflection affords an opportunity to know oneself a bit better and I am grateful for that.  As always I hope this has been insightful.

– Be your best you

Resume: The Paper Version of You!

In a time when society is changing rapidly and norms are being redefined seemingly in an instant, we need to revisit how we do things in all aspects of our lives.  This has never been more prevalent than in the job market.  The hard work of hitting the pavement and getting your face out there, shaking hands and asking for availabilities in person seems to be falling by the wayside.  Keep in mind some of the “old practices” are more appreciated today than they ever were, but more on that later, back to my point.  Most places have completely shifted to online hiring and this has changed everything.  You have fewer chances to get your face and your name in the same room.  Believe it or not that disarms you, especially if you are a charming and charismatic individual.  Now you must rely on your writing skills to get you in the door.  That is why I have prepared this article.  I am going to give you my best advice on the preparing a resume.  Strap in and enjoy the ride….

There are a few questions you must ask yourself in this process and they are as follows;

What is your goal?

Since you came to this site, I will assume you want to be hired for a position within strength and conditioning.  More specifically let’s say it is a position at the collegiate level.  If that is the case, then it is very important to state that exact goal upfront.  This is done by starting with an “Objective”.  Now, there is no confusion of what you aim to accomplish…

What makes you qualified for the position you are asking to be considered for?

It is now your job to convey why you are qualified for the position.  You have to think of this whole thing from the employer’s viewpoint.  The employer, more than likely, is tasked with the job of sifting through over one hundred resumes.  What will make your resume stick out?  The very first tip on how to stick out is; make their job easier!  They don’t want to go on over one hundred treasure hunts trying to find key points of information.  Case in point, your education, certification, etc. needs to be the very first thing on your resume.  Employers usually have a matrix.   This matrix is basically a list that will have certain minimum requirements for the reviewer to check off.  Make it easy for them to put you through to the next round, trust me they will appreciate it.

What specifically makes you qualified?

Now it’s time to display all your hard work.  What have you been doing?  Many make the mistake of including random odd jobs that they did to survive.  An employer hiring a strength coach does not care if you were making smoothies at Smoothie King for a few years.  Maybe they like smoothies and in turn will like you, but they have a job to do and that is pick “the most” qualified individual.  Be certain that they know that person is you.  This is done by including the most relevant information first.  Again, they will appreciate this.  Appreciation is shown by them moving your resume to the next round.

What else?

Now is the time to let them know about everything else.  I would still be mindful of relevance when including your accomplishments.

Who will say you do a great job?

Notice how I asked that question?  I did not ask, who were your supervisors?  It seems like common sense, but if you are not sure that your supervisor will do anything short of gush over you, then don’t use them as a reference.  It should go without saying, but I will say it anyway…NEVER put someone down as a reference without first asking them if you may do so.  Do yourself a favor; be honest with yourself about your effort while working under the reference in question.  If you didn’t bust your butt, then you didn’t EARN the reference.  Save yourself and your supervisor the hassle and don’t even ask if that was the case.  If it was the case, then re- visit your goals and be sure that it never happens again because extraordinary effort is what all employers are seeking no matter the profession.  If you want it, you have to be it!

What is your format?

Whether we like it or not format matters.  This is a tough one because there are different strokes for different folks, as they say.  Some people prefer old school resumes.  There is the plain black and white variety with headings, bullets, and job descriptions.  Some would term that variety “old school”.  There is also the creative “look at me” variety with all the bells and whistles (logos, color, design).  The only advice I have on that regard is don’t go too far in either direction.  If you go too “old school”, it may get passed on for a more “eye catching” one.  If you get too carried away with the design, they may take that for a smokescreen for lack of relevant experience.   You can only guess who will be reviewing your resume, so it is completely by chance on what they will prefer in a resume.   At the very least stick to one theme and have a consistent format throughout the document.  I think this setup works best in the strength and conditioning field, but that is purely my opinion:

Header (page 1)

  •  I write “header” for a reason.  This way your name will be on both pages.  The reviewer could have thought you were great, but lost a piece of your resume to the desk monster.  Your name and contact on both pages will give you better odds should one page have survived.
  • Name, Credential (left)
  • Phone Number, Email, Home Address (right)


  • What you want (specific)


  • Most recent first, then list with the institution name, dates, and result (degree)


  • All certifications relevant to the position you are applying for.  Add your certification number.  Remember, you want to make their job easier!
  • You may add one that you are pursuing to show your intention.  Don’t get carried away!  Limit it to one.

Coaching Experience

  • Include the most recent first, then list the most relevant experience and the date of completion or a range of time served.
  • It is important to add your supervisor names and titles.  You never know, the name might peak interest of the reviewer.

Related Experience

  • This is your opportunity to include the things that are less specific, but in some way will still demonstrate your ability to do a great job in the position.

References (page 2)


If you are a fairly new coach (0-10 years) you should try your best to get the main content on the resume down to one page.  0-10 is an arbitrary range.  The point is; don’t add fluff.  It makes the job of deciphering content harder and it is considered disrespectful of the reviewer’s time.   As, someone very special to me always says, “You can’t bullsh*t a bullsh*tter”, so don’t try!  However, your references can be on page two.  One of the main reasons for this is time!  Again, make it easy for the reviewer (I can’t make it more clear…can I?).  If you give out a book for a resume I will assure you that it will get trashed ”Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

time for that






I did say earlier that some of the old school tips and techniques for the job seeking process are appreciated now more than ever.  Here are two that I think make the most impact:

  • Fill out the online resume, but if you are able, show up and shake a hand.  Introduce yourself to the hiring manager and say that you completed the necessary documents online and you just wanted to express your interest and put a face with the name
  • Surely, send a thank note or email after any response has be made from the employer.  Thank them for their time.  A written note trumps everything.  Please! Please, spell correctly and avoid major grammatical errors…it matters.  Attention to detail shows up everywhere and you are initially being judged by words on a paper, so make sure those words reflect the type of person you are.


I hope I have answered some questions and provided some value to you in some way.  Much of what I have presented today I learned through my internship at USF.  You expose yourself to the same information I received by signing up for Strength Coach Basic Training .

I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize coaches Ron Mckeefery, Frank Wintrich, Aaron Quarberg, and Randy Popple.  They all in some way have influenced my approach to resume writing and just being a coach for that matter.  A huge thanks to you all!

Top 6: Most Useful Apps

I am determined to not just blog for the sake of blogging. You will hear from me when I have something to offer.  Many people out there share things that have made my life somewhat better and I would like to return the favor or pay it forward in some small way.

I would like to show you which apps or social media outlets I find most influential in my life on a daily basis.  Maybe you use these same apps/media, but perhaps I use them in a way you haven’t thought of.  Either way I hope there is some takeaway that makes the read worthwhile.

I will list them in number order in attempt to make this post more reader friendly, however they are just numbers and not a ranking.  I value these apps/media equally.  Oh… and did I mention they are all free!

1. EVERNOTE evernote

This app is available for mobile as well as on your computer.  I use them both in conjunction with one another.  It is advertised as a “remember anything app.”  I use it more as a storage place for all the things that interest me throughout the day that I may not be able to check out in the moment.  I will save it as a note and it goes to my “read later folder.” I have also used it as a mode of sharing ideas and projects I have been working on.  I will also take photos of various things that I wish to recall at a later date.  You have the ability to categorize everything and sharing is very easy and convenient.  Your imagination is the only limit on to how you use this app.

2. Coach’s Eye  coachs eye

This is a great app with awesome capabilities even with the free version.  If I had a way, other than my phone to utilize this app I would buy the full version and even use it more often.  It allows you to film your athletes while they perform an exercise.  You are then able tp replay the video at any speed to show the athlete where they are going wrong and or what they are doing right.  Either way, visuals in the learning environment are very powerful tools.  If that wasn’t awesome enough, this app allows you to draw over the athlete, so you can point out technical flaws.  As if this wasn’t already hugely awesome, coach’s eye allows you to voice over the video to add in coaching cues or comments.  You can then send that the athlete via text message, email, etc.  Again the possibilities are endless.  Really cool app.

3. Twitter   twitter

Sure you could follow your favorite celebrities and wait tirelessly for @grumpycat or @thingsonmyrabbit to post something, but I encourage you to use twitter as more than a way to pass time.  There has never been a time in history that a person could so easily access the thoughts and words of wisdom of the most successful people in their field or in the world for that matter. Just one example would be reading a tweet from one of the top guys in my field and he mentions a book he just read.  You better believe I am going to model success and I am going to read it too!  To go even further, if I were to run into this person, now I know we would have something specific to speak about. The value here is endless.  People are sharing their secrets in 140 or less and if you’re not paying attention, your’re missing out.  It is also easier to connect than ever before.  I have connected with individuals on twitter that I may have otherwise never come in contact with in person.  This doesn’t even cover the business opportunities that twitter can create.  Check out Joshua Metcalf weigh in more on this and give a ton of other great information on being more awesomer, as @iamkidpresident would say, in this keynote:

(@traintobeclutch fyi, found him on twitter)


4.  MyFitnessPal   myfitnesspalblog

Some people are dead against counting/tracking calories well then to those folks I would say this app may not be for you.  However, those of you who find value in knowing how many calories you are consuming then this app is for you.  I use it in a few different ways. Professionally I use this as a food log for my athletes.  Gone are the days of handing them a paper and saying write down what you eat and bring it back in a week.  The time it took to decipher what was going with those was devastating.  With my MyFitnessPal, I have them sign up and friend me.  Once they make an adjustment to the settings I am allowed to view their daily diary.  They then text/email me a screen shot and ‘tada’ I have in front of me calories consumed complete with numbers for carbs, fats, and protein as well as a list of the actual food they have consumed.  I can then make recommendation in app with their direct messaging feature.  The app makes food logging incredibly easy with a huge database and a barcode scanner. Personally, I use it periodically to see that I am in the calorie range that is appropriate for my goal. This has been a great tool.


5. DropBox  dropboxblog

This is another FREE and incredibly useful sharing app that is also available for your desktop.  “Your stuff, anywhere” is its motto.  You can share decent sized files with ease using this app.  Whatever it is just click and drag it to your dropbox and instantly it becomes available to whomever you authorize it to.  I have used the app in many ways, but most recently I used it like a fax machine.  I took a picture of the document with my phone, uploaded it to dropbox and just like that the recipient had what they needed.


6.  Interval Timer AD   intervaltimeAD

This app is great for circuit training, tabata style work, etc.  It is completely customizable and if you workout hard enough it even whistles at you.  It’s simple, but that is why I like it.


Well there you have it.  I hope I either introduced you to a new app or possibly a new way to utilize an old one.  At the very least you have a few new people to follow on twitter.


Until next time, I encourage you all to follow your dreams and share what you learn along the way… I know I will.

Busy Season!

I apologize. I have been absent.  This is the first year I am trying to balance writing with coaching.  I will be back to weekly/bi-weekly posts once all my fall sports are settled in and rolling.

For now, I would like to share with you one of my favorite resources for continued education brought to you from my mentor Ron Mckeefery.  Check it out!

Iron Game Chalk Talk

IGCT #18

It would be in your best interest to catch up on them all.  Enjoy!

Talking to Strangers

**I meant to post this while at the NSCA conference, but when I saw the $30 charge for internet I reconsidered.  Sorry, it was either $30 internet or $15 gym/spa. Not a hard choice at all.  I hope you enjoy!


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Talking to Strangers

The scene is set and the people came out in droves.  You find yourself in the midst of years of experience, loads of passion, and maybe best of all like-minded peers and mentors.  If you’re as lucky as me, then I am describing the environment at your yearly professional conference.  As a strength coach, I think we stand out in the fact that our mentors in the field are so willing to teach the “secrets” to any coach, young or old, that shows a real interest.  If you make a true effort to learn and most of all connect,  you would be impressed with the outcomes and relationships that can develop as a result.

So, another year, another conference.  You know that this is a great opportunity to meet people and make professional connections in your field, but you leave every year with regrets and some IwishIwoulda’s.

So what happened?

You failed to plan.  Just like anything else, in order to get the most out of your conference experience you must do some prep work first.  First and foremost, let me tell you that I am not preaching from a pedestal hereThat aforementioned scenario of regret was all my experience.  Admittedly, I was horrible at this whole conference thing and to be even more honest, I still am not great at it.  In the past, I was shy and didn’t make any connections, I wandered aimlessly from lecture to lecture with no real plan, and I wouldn’t dare ask a question.  I have improved in these areas, but I can surely do better.  This year I will.

Recently, I read a retweet from a “online mentor” of mine Coach Joe Kenn aka @BigHousePower  (An “online mentor” is someone who I don’t necessarily know personally, but I use them as a resource, often unbeknownst to them).  The retweet was about networking and was titled “The 5 Secrets to Networking” by Angel Ramos

It was very thorough and full of great concepts and ideas on the topic.  After viewing the presentation, I was inspired to plan for my upcoming conference in a different, more informed way.   What I would like to do is reiterate the four points, which I felt were most useful:

  1.        “Know Before You Go”

If you are registered for your conference, you are often given access to a detailed schedule, with names of the presenters.  This year I reviewed the list and based on the topic and my particular needs/interests, I began to outline my day.  This way I am not wandering around making last minute choices about what I want to learn the most.  After I created my schedule, I began to do some cursory research on the presenters.  In some cases, you may already know some presenters or at least know of them.  In that case it would be a good idea to hop over to their website or social media page and see what they are up to most recently.  This way you will have something current to speak to them about should you run into them, say in the elevator… you never know.

2.       “Make a Goal”

Decide that you will make at least 2-3 connections per day before you leave the convention hall.  It is so easy to go back to your comfy room or occupy your time in a new city, but remember why you are there.  Don’t shortchange your experience.

People are generally there for the same exact reasons as you, so consider that to be a very friendly environment for random conversations with strangers.  Once you realize this, it becomes much easier to begin a conversation with another attendee.

Remember to introduce yourself with a firm shake, say your name clearly, and repeat theirs.  Ask them basic questions at first:

  • What do you do in the field?
  • What are you interested in getting out of this experience most?

Be sure to be genuine and actually listen to and care about what they have to say.   When you don’t, people can tell. It’s obvious!  The 80/20 rule works well here. Listen 80% of the time and speak 20% of the time.   While engaging in the conversation, listen for opportunities for you to be able to help out in any way.  Perhaps you or someone you may know could help this new contact in some way.  If you can provide value, you immediately become a solid connections for others.

3.       Attire

There is some room for interpretation for this in my profession.  We are dealing with sports performance, exercise, movement, etc.  I don’t think it is necessary to show up in a suit and tie unless you’re the keynote speaker, but if your reading this your probably not. I would suggest that you represent your business or university by wearing athletic gear or a nice polo.  Like I said, there is room to play with here because of the nature of the profession.  With that said, there are limits.  What you should not wear are tank tops, flip flops, shirts with foul language, etc.  Remember your not showing up to some college course in your sweats, socks and sandals like back in the day.  You may meet your next employer at this presentation or the person who will introduce you to your next employer.  If you are a professional in my field I and many others would prefer that you looked like one.  To the general public you represent not just yourself, but you also represent our profession.  You have a responsibility, so don’t blow it by poor representation.

4.       Build and Maintain Relationships

Once you meet new people it is a good idea to keep track of where you met, what you talked about, their contact info, where they work, etc.  That way you can stay connected in a more informed and effective way.  Stay in contact.  Please remember:

“Networking isn’t about giving to get.  It is about paying it forward, and building relationships.”

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Change Your Attitude

I want to talk about something we all know, but for some reason very few of us put it into practice.  Great thinkers from our past have written quite a bit about attitude.  This knowledge has been recycled and reworded countless times since, but for some reason we don’t follow through with the recommendations of our predecessors.  I suppose it is because the concept is so simple, but simple doesn’t mean easy.


As I progress, things become much clearer to me.  By surrounding yourself with others who excel in your field humbles you and serves as a reminder of how little you really know.  Especially, when those same mentors mention how much they are still learning.  Oddly, this realization brings forth a sense of comfort and confidence because you begin to learn to ask the right questions.  You begin to seek answers to the important questions in life that have the power to completely transform you and change your approach to just about everything you embark on.  I read often and as of late I continue to stumble across a common lesson, often hidden within the pages.  This lesson is so powerful, that when learned and practiced, it could completely change your life.  The best part of this lesson is that it is no secret and better yet, its implementation is completely within your control.

Only you have the power to determine what attitude you will have.  Your influence is the final influence.  Nobody else can make that choice for you and this can never be taken from you.  The best part is that genetics plays no role in this.  You hear people often use genetics as an excuse as to why they aren’t as good and why they fail at something.  There is no way to back out of this one.  It is you and only you.


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If you make the conscious decision to change your attitude and mentality about the things you struggle with, you will completely change the game!  When you master this basic process you can accomplish anything.  I am often inspired by Eric Thomas, a man who was homeless in the streets of Detroit who came out on top, graduating with his masters and is now working on his doctorate, while turning the motivational speaking game upside down.  He often mentions his attitude when he was picking through the garbage for food.  It wasn’t about where he was it was about where he was going.  He chose to not dwell on the dismal reality of current situation.  Instead he focused on where he wanted to be and that kept him in the empowered mindset that got him out of there.  Are you stuck feeling sorry for yourself?  If so, wake up!  The world is at your fingertips and we are all waiting for you to grab on and take what’s yours.  He also says something else that I decided to make one of life mantras;

“You don’t got to, you get too”

Realize that the way you speak is the way you are!  Stop saying you HAVE to practice (insert any word) today and realize what a great blessing it is that you GET to practice (insert any word) today.  Think of all the people that would die for the chance to be in the position you are with the opportunities you have.

Mindset and attitude are everything.  I coach a lot of individuals and not many get this.  Take the time to inventory your disabling mindsets and figure a way to transform them into empowering attitudes.  I am truly blessed to have learned this lesson at 31 and my hope is it reaches all of you at a much younger age.  You are in control of your thoughts, so change your attitude and change the game.