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Rules for developing talent with disciplined, deliberate, intelligent practice.
We live in a competition loving culture. We love the performance, the big win, the ticking seconds of the clock as the game comes down to the wire. We watch games and cheer, sometimes to the point of obsession, but if we really wanted to see greatness - wanted to cheer for it, see it happen, understand what made it happen - we’d spend our time watching, obsessing on, and maybe even cheering the practices instead. This book puts practice on the front burner of all who seek to instill talent and achievement in others as well as in themselves. This is a journey to understand that practice, not games, makes champions.
In this book, the authors engage the dream of better, both in fields and endeavors where participants know they should practice and also in those where many do not yet recognize the transformative power of practice. And it’s not just whether you practice. How you practice may be a true competitive advantage. Deliberately engineered and designed practice can revolutionize our most important endeavors. The clear set of rules presented in Practice Perfect will make us better in virtually every performance of life. The “how-to” rules of practice cover such topics as rethinking practice, modeling excellent practice, using feedback, creating a culture of practice, making new skills stick, and hiring for practice.
Discover new ways to think about practice. Learn how to design successful practice. Apply practice across a wide range of realms, both personal and professional. The authors include specific activities to jump-start practiceDoug Lemov is the best-selling author of Teach Like a Champion.
A hands-on resource to practice, the rules within will help to create positive outliers and world-changing reservoirs of talent.
More than half of the book seemed to be about coaching or teaching others in practice and not about practice methodology as I was expecting. Teaching and coaching is a topic I am interested in so it was still a good listen, but I could see it being a disappointment for someone looking for what it describes itself to be, a book about practice.
50 of 51 people found this review helpful
If there's one thing I got out of this book, it's that practice makes permanent. This actually might be the only thing I got out of the book, but it's something I've thought about every couple days ever since listening. When I'm driving, and I realize I haven't been paying attention, I remember that I'm making a habit of distracted driving and make a conscious effort to perk up for a few minutes. You hear "Practice doesn't make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect", but it wasn't until I listened to this book that I realized crappy practice makes you even crappier. The rest of the book didn't leave much of an impression as it focused heavily on the profession of teaching, and I'm not a teacher. I'm glad I listened to it, but am unlikely to listen to it again.
56 of 58 people found this review helpful
The authors have been involved in teaching teachers to be better at what they do. So there are multiples levels to the anecdotes and data - the responses of the teachers to undergoing training, and the results in the classrooms they control.
The data comes from the education field, and that is certainly the authors' area of experience, but it is in no way difficult to extrapolate to any areas of skill development.
The main thrust of the message is that when people perform a task they will plateau at a certain level unless there are deliberate steps taken to improve. It then goes through various rules (many of which seemed to massively overlap) to apply when improving a skill.
While reading the book I was in the process of teaching my niece to drive. As a result I was able to integrate what I was learning about practice immediately. I think both of us benefitted from it!
It is not one of the myriad of popular neuroscience books, nor is it a full self help manual, it falls somewhere in between. This book is not for everyone, but there are lessons in there that everyone would benefit from understanding.
38 of 41 people found this review helpful
This book gives a unique perspective on practice as well as giving and receiving feedback. There are other lessons to be learned throughout the material and it is organized in a way to ensure clarity. I'd recommend this book to any teacher coach for authority figure looking to improve performance with his/her team or class.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book from the authors and/or Brett Barry?
I would not try another book from the authors. I would buy another book that Brett Barry narrates.
What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?
This book is more about teaching than practicing. The title and sample are misleading. Don't waste your money if you are looking for a way to improve your practice sessions.
What three words best describe Brett Barry’s voice?
Pleasant, clear, expressive
18 of 21 people found this review helpful
I've gone through this multiple times, and pick up something new each time. I would suggest this book to anyone who wants to get better at something.
22 of 27 people found this review helpful
I was amazed that how this book took something that we take for granted--practice, and discussed it as if it were a science, while providing easy to implement techniques for making us better in just about anything.
9 of 11 people found this review helpful
The material for the book started as a guide for teachers, so many of the examples are for teachers. And since it's about practicing (repeating the same action and improving on it until it's done correctly without conscious thought), the rules naturally apply to sports and there are also many sports examples. If you want to use these rules for other situations (like practicing public speaking or doing a task well), it may require some thought on how to make these rules work.
Start with the last chapter, which contains a summary of all the rules. Depending on your needs and situation, you may want to jump to certain sections (rather than going through the book from beginning to end):
- Rethinking Practice
- How to Practice
- Using Modeling
- Culture of Practice
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Excellent, practical, simple (but not easy) ways to thrive as a leader in any field or organization.
8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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The stories that convinced
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this is an awsom book if ANYONE wants to get better at anything! This is worth twice the price, would by it again, i have shared it with my family and they loved it. There is real meat in this book, real stuff, real good stuff. WELL WORTH TIME AND MONEY. I'VE ALREADY LISTENED TO IT TWICE!
15 of 25 people found this review helpful
Great listen for sport coaches. Organising practice and giving feedback is all dealt with here.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Where does Practice Perfect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Who was your favorite character and why?
Which character – as performed by Brett Barry – was your favourite?
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Essential listening for every parent, teacher and child and for anyone who wants to get better at what they do.<br/><br/>Practice makes perfect!