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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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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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Every Silver lining.

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

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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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Very valuable book

There’s so much value in this book. Any coaches should spend time reading it and applying the principles to their world.

I just wish the narrator hadn’t felt the need to do accents for anyone he was quoting. At best it was distracting, at worst It was borderline offensive.

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Eye opening

Switched how I view engaging with my clients and the give and take relationship involved.

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Great Content

Amazing insight into how to improve communication between a coach and a client. A must read for any coach/trainer genuinely looking, not only to develop a client physically but also mentally. Thus creating the opportunity to effectively improve a clients lifestyle after obtaining lasting buy-in.

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Really clear & insightful

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

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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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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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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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  • 24-01-18

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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  • Jonathan Ericson
  • 11-05-21

Great content but cringeworthy audio

I absolutely love the information in this book this the 5 stars. But the audio makes it near unbearable to listen to at times. If you have the option please do yourself a favor and get the hard copy.

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  • John P
  • 16-09-20

Excelent!

Every coach or trainer should listen to this book and attempt to understand how to work with a variety of people/ atheletes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-05-20

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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  • 03-06-18

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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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  • Patrick Higgins
  • 07-07-21

A wonderful book to change minds and lives

This book is incredibly well crafted to be a resource for coaches in any sport, at any level, at any point in their careers. As a new coach myself I am always looking for ways to make myself better and help my athletes. I love so many of the concepts coach Brett talks about and I will recommend this to any coach looking to improve their connections to their athletes and their general expertise.

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  • 11-11-20

Great book on communication & building trust

This book should be read by all people, not just coaches. It helps provide context and insight to how people interact why they might act a particular way, and how to optimally respond to achieve the end goal each individual is seeking. This is a book about human interaction with communication the critical connection.

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  • Bryan Woolson
  • 07-05-19

If you are a coach then listen to this!

This book was written specifically for people who are constantly coaching athletes, general population or any type of client looking for physical, nutritional or mental improvements. It takes you through the steps of how to understand your client in a more intimate way so that your sessions become more meaningful for both parties and the achievements will be endless. Great book Brett!

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  • C. Rummel
  • 30-04-22

Solid story, weird voices from the reader

Just can't get past the voices this guy chooses for the different characters. A different accent for each person, and he's not shy about stereotyping characters - listen to the a cent for the female coach. The accents are not at all necessary for the delivery of the content. It's just odd, and a bit distracting. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the accents.

The content of the book is great, but if you can, buy it and read it yourself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-22

Must-Read

To put it simply, this book is a MUST for any level of coach who is looking to elevate their game. Speaking of game, that's exactly what this is. Brett is trying to put everyone "on game", so buy the damn book, hit play, and listen up rookie. 🙌🏽🇺🇸💪🏾