Why positive feedback matters

Why positive feedback matters,

Feedback is important in many areas of the athlete´s life. The young athlete gets feedback at school, at home, at the summer job place and in sports. The goal of feedback is to motivate and encourage improvement in different areas. To reinforse good performance and to discourage poor performance. We let the athlete know how they can get to the improvement and we boost their confidence by keeping them engaged.

I have been encountered with many ways of feedback and I have to say that the negative feedback was most confusing, painful. Thankfully I worked with great coaches too who were constructive in feedback and who empowered my motivation to become the best.

Some considerations in giving feedback?

1. Be specific: make sure you expain your athlete what it is and why to improve.

2. Consider the emotions: people react differently to comments, be sure you know your athlete`s needs.

3. Constructive feedback: if you have some constructive feedback, talk with the athlete in private, you need to build up the self-esteem and in front of the group can be hurtful.

4. Positive feedback: you can give it in the group, it might be an example for the team to strive for.

5. Timing: don`t wait to give feedback, it`s given as soon as possible. So both can recall the sitiuations and the impact is bigger.

6. Talk with your athlete and follow up.

7. Give the player a chance to respond: don`t assume you know why they behaved or did things in a certain way.

8. Don´t send feedback in a message: you dont`t know in what kind of life situation your player is reading it. Young athletes do not respond easitly to this way. It´s more destructive in many ways.

9. Teach: teach your athlete about feedback. The goal is to make them better.

10. Praise the good stuff: youth athletes of today improve faster upon positive inputs. Celebrate the small successes with your players.

We live in a world where negativity and bad things are more in the picture then ever. It is too easy to point on the mistake. What is more challenging is to give the player the tool to improve, to follow up the progress, to motivate, to grow the self confidence, to keep the player engaged within the sport.

In other works, what matters most is the response on your feedback. The art of constructive feedback is to get results out of each individual in your team.

To coach is to lead. To give feedback is to listen. To listen is to improve.

Enjoy your journey,

Virginie De Carne

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