Craig Morris is a canoe slalom coach working within the elite performance pathway of British Canoeing. He has recently been shortlisted as a finalist in the Elite Performance Coach Category of the UK Coaching Awards.

Craig's journey into coaching is not a typical one but what comes across in this conversation is an individual who is thirsty for information and learning, willing to be vulnerable in approaching the application of ideas and completely committed to the needs of their athletes.

Key topics discussed include:

- Why you need to be meticulously planned to enable fluid (no pun intended) transitions in practice

- Whether planning fits an ecological approach to coaching

- The importance of leaving things open to challenge by the athlete

- Why coaching is like improvised comedy

I hope you enjoy


Stephen Rollnick provides consultancy, mentorship and training on the subjects of motivation, change, teamwork and Motivational Interviewing. He an Honorary Distinguished Professor in the School of Medicine in Cardiff University, Wales, UK with a research record focused on good practice in efforts to promote change and behaviour change among patients, clients and the practitioners who serve them.

Stephen's new book 'Coaching Athletes to Be Their Best: Motivational Interviewing in Sports' reveals why conventional ways of giving feedback and addressing conflict are often counterproductive, the book presents tried-and-tested methods for getting through to athletes and helping them to thrive.

In this fascinating conversation we explore:

- Why connecting with people is simple but very hard - How to roll with resistance - The secret to 'empathic listening' - How to avoid becoming a 'deficit detective'

Here is the link to the publisher's of Stephen's Book, you can get a 25% discount by using the code AFSPO at checkout.

To access the 'bonus episode' which I recorded with Dr Tim Anstiss in a web workshop with the Conclave learning community head over to


John Kessel works for USA Volleyball, as Director of Sport Development. He currently serves as the staff liaison for Disabled Programs & USA Deaflympic Teams. His main goal is to help make all coaches more efficient, positive and creative, no matter what level - 7 year olds in an elementary school program or National team players and programs. He challenges old ways of thinking and help coaches create what they need, while having fun in the process.

In this fascinating conversation we discuss...

- 'Training in reality and the quest for faster, denser motor learning - Why drills don't work (because humans aren't robots) - The 'white belt mentality' - What coaches can learn from surgeons

It is a great conversation...I hope you enjoy


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