Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In

Narrated by: K Foster
Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (349 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the world of strength and conditioning, learning how to move others not just physically, but also psychologically and emotionally is paramount to getting the most out of them. People are the ultimate performance variable, and understanding how to effectively blend knowledge of proper training with the nuances of human behavior is integral to helping athletes achieve their ultimate goals. Unfortunately, while much attention has been given to the science of physical training, little attention has been given to the science of communication.

Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In bridges this gap. Listeners learn the foundational principles of improving relationships, enhancing engagement, and gaining the trust of athletes through targeted communication. And, every bit as important, listeners also learn concrete strategies to apply these principles in day-to-day coaching situations they will inevitably encounter.

The result is a game-changing book that has been used by professional sports teams, Fortune 500 companies, Universities, multinational coaching organizations and the United States Special Forces that sets the stage for coaches and leaders of all kinds to create a culture of success not only within sport, but also beyond. Conscious Coaching is a movement and its time has come.

©2017 Brett Bartholomew (P)2018 Brett Bartholomew

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Narration was distracting.

Very much enjoyed the book and found the material insightful and useful. I’m certain it will go far to improve my own coaching of my clients and the coaching of my staff.

I’ve only listened to a handful of audio books but am beginning to appreciate it more when the author reads the book her/himself. The character voices on this one were unnecessary and annoying at times.

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It was a decent book but at times tough to get through because it was on a bit of a higher level. . Overall a good message and I was able to draw some positive lessons from the book

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Resourceful, Wholesome, & Honest

It's quite common throughout the book for the author to reference supplemental material for which he bases his book on. Don't just take the author's word for it. He references his research and findings so you the skeptic can also see for yourself.

To be the best coach you must first master yourself. Be wholesome and acknowledge, accept, and improve your areas of opportunity. This is the method to teach others organically and not treat others like "robots". I felt like this was the bread and butter of the book.

Finally, the words written by the author were simple, honest, and easy to understand.

Now onto my next @audible listen of "The Upside of Your Dark Side" which was reference by @coach_brettb.

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Key insights

Great book for applied strategies on different Athletes. Loved Brett’s story as well. It’s hard to find a book that so readily gives strategies on dealing with different athletes. Narrator was annoying at times. In the beginning it was too robotic and I found his attempt at different accents distracting from the great content.

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Blah, blah, blah

To me, there's a big disconnect between the complexity of language used and the ideas communicated. Too wordy, to the point of feeling self-indulgent. I struggled to finish.

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Amazing coaching FB book. Terrible performance.

This is a fantastic book for coaches looking for ways to get inside the heads of different athletes. Very valuable for coaches who have been in the field a long time and can use certain players as a reference. Wish I would have read it instead of listening. Great read.

The narrator reading the regular parts of the book were well done. However, there are coach contributions for different player types and he uses accents/voice changes to read them. It is unbearable. It’s so awful and distracting I had to just fast forward to the next part where he used his normal voice.

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Fantasic For All Professions

Practical and engaging! The information within easily transcends all professions! Great resource that gets right to the point and doesn’t rely on motivational fluff so many seem to have mass produced.

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boring

boring and too long. self centered and non practical. reading dragged and dragged on. no need to buy

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Must read!

Approached coaching from a radically different angle. Coaches have to wear many masks and buy in and relationships are huge. Provides context for his information by real life stories from other coaches. This book will keep you engaged and get you to think about your interactions with your athletes and the impact it is truly having.

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Overall good points

Love the overall concept. A lot of coaches would benefit from keeping the points referenced in the book at the forefront of their coaching practice. Human-centric training philosophy.

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  • Geo
  • 04-16-20

Really clear & insightful

Great book for all strength & conditioning coaches both in sports performance, athletics and general population.

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  • Mr. J. A. Ball
  • 02-21-20

A tedious listening experience

It's rare that I don't get past the first hour of an audiobook but 'Oh My God!' this was tedious.
It's often a bad omen when someone starts out their book chapter with a bible quote. Worse yet was quoting the so-called motivational speaker but actual religious bible pusher Joyce Mayer.
I don't care if the author thinks the term 'buy-in' is overused or abused. He does nothing to fully clarify how that is so or why he thinks he has it right. He goes on about it at length.
The childhood story was painful to listen to, even on double speed. Not remotely interesting and I spaced out. I may have missed all the promised good stuff later on but I could not proceed any further.
Thankfully, audible offer exchanges on any and all audiobooks purchased otherwise it would have been a wasted credit.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-15-20

couldn't finish it

The content is good but wow is his voice dull. I couldn't listen to it for longer than 10 mins at a time without realising I had zoned out entirely

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  • David Fitchet
  • 01-26-20

Read the book first

Although the audiobook was amazing, I was left feeling like I should of read the book, instead of listening. I think the audiobook would be a refresher for people who have read it. Alot of great information. If you're a coach or PT this is a must!!!

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  • Greig Stirling
  • 10-28-19

Every Silver lining.

This is the book that will make me more careful about how I pick my books.

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  • Junior White
  • 06-21-19

I didn't like the voice character changes.

For me it interfered with the tone of the book, and therefore my listening experience. It was a little distracting to me.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-30-19

Fantastic toolbox for any coach

This is a great exploration of how communication and understanding what drives individuals is so important when trying to coach/manage/teach individuals. Brett's frank account of his own life and turning point lead the reader/listener to review their own experiences and perceived failures. This book is a necessary tool for any individual who finds themselves coaching in the 21st century.

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  • Zak
  • 05-19-19

Just outstanding

This is perfect for any coach looking to improve their overall experience working with any athlete

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  • Joshua Britton
  • 03-18-19

Practical Coaching Advice

This was fantastic, down to earth helpful advice on interacting with different types of people brought to life through various coaches anecdotes. Highly recommended.

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  • michael clemmet
  • 01-14-19

A must read for coaches and teachers

While the book is aimed at sports coaching there is a lot of benefits for teachers of any kind.

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  • Boyd
  • 06-15-20

A must read for anyone looking to develop

This book is a must read for anyone who works in a team environment or as a leader. If you want to develop as a communicator and conscious contributor then this book and the resources available from the author are a must have.

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  • Jeremy
  • 06-01-20

Must have in your collection!

this book is a fantastic tool. I am about to listen to it again as the first time I just listened and didn't take any notes so I wasn't distracte. I am also looking at purchasing a hard copy of this book as I think it will be much easier to quickly refer back to sections.

use this book to transform the way you communicate for the better!

I have also referred it to my staff that I am mentoring as a tool as well!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-20-19

Good content .... bad accents

As an Australian we have heard many bad attempts ..... this one is up there with the worst.

The use of third persons in the reading is very distracting and diminishes the content

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  • Sean Prendergast
  • 11-19-18

100% recommended

A must read for anyone involved in working with athletes. Loved it from start to finish. The personal experiences and situations he and other coaches dealt with gave me such a good insight

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  • Max
  • 05-06-18

great book

Great book and insights. Read it twice already and will definitely come back to it often. Voice acting was a little distracting though.