9 More TED Talks Soccer Coaches Should Watch

Some more TED Talks were brought to our attention and we came across some others that we missed so here are 9 more TED Talks that every coach should watch.

These 9 TED talks cover building teams, the importance of a coach's words, leadership, concussions and more. Don't try to watch all of these in one sitting but bookmark this page and come back from time to time as you need new inspiration. Hopefully at least one of these gets you thinking about your ability to motivate and impact not only your team's performance but also your players' lives.  These are in no particular order. Enjoy!

ABOUT TED: TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. See more at www.TED.com. 

In case you missed it, here is a link to the first 9 TED Talks Soccer Coaches Should Watch


Jay DeMerit: Are you ready for your sunny day?

Thanks to @brettads83 for bringing this one to our attention.

From the quiet streets of a small mid-western town in the US to the raucous stadiums of the English Premier League and 2010 World Cup, Jay DeMerit’s rise to football prominence is a story of remarkable triumph. With the recent announcement of his retirement, the former captain of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC is set to embark on an unfamiliar journey as he leaves behind the game that has left such a profound mark on his current identity.

KEY MESSAGE(s): As a society, we are wired to prepare for the worst. This is fundamentally ineffective unless we prepare for “the best” in equal measure. We’re teaching our kids to be ready for failure, or to rise to the challenge in a crisis – but what about the sunny side of that?


Coach Reed: Echoes beyond the game: the lasting power of a coach's words

I can't believe we missed this one from our friend, Coach Reed. 

A discussion of the lasting power of words on youth athletes. Coach Reed explains that skills can be soon forgotten, but words will always be remembered. "To get in touch with Coach Reed please visit his twitter profile or his website at: @coach_reed or www.coachreed.com"


Margaret Heffernan: Forget the pecking order at work

Thanks to @sellsinho for bringing this one to our attention.

Organizations are often run according to "the superchicken model," where the value is placed on star employees who outperform others. And yet, this isn't what drives the most high-achieving teams. Business leader Margaret Heffernan observes that it is social cohesion — built every coffee break, every time one team member asks another for help — that leads over time to great results. It's a radical rethink of what drives us to do our best work, and what it means to be a leader. Because as Heffernan points out: "Companies don't have ideas. Only people do."



Roselinde Torres: What it takes to be a great leader

The world is full of leadership programs, but the best way to learn how to lead might be right under your nose. In this clear, candid talk, Roselinde Torres describes 25 years observing truly great leaders at work, and shares the three simple but crucial questions would-be company chiefs need to ask to thrive in the future.


Kim Gorgens: Protecting the brain against concussion

Neuropsychologist Kim Gorgens makes the case for better protecting our brains against the risk of concussion — with a compelling pitch for putting helmets on kids.


Chris Kluwe: How augmented reality will change sports ... and build empathy

Chris Kluwe wants to look into the future of sports and think about how technology will help not just players and coaches, but fans. Here the former NFL punter envisions a future in which augmented reality will help people experience sports as if they are directly on the field — and maybe even help them see others in a new light, too.


Diana Nyad: Never, ever give up

In the pitch-black night, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, singing to herself, hallucinating … Diana Nyad just kept on swimming. And that's how she finally achieved her lifetime goal as an athlete: an extreme 100-mile swim from Cuba to Florida — at age 64. Hear her story.


Eduardo Briceño: When performing gets in the way of improving

Working hard but not improving? Looking for more innovative solutions and ideas? You are not alone. Eduardo explains how in life we move between the performing zone and the learning zone, and unless we find a way to successfully spend time in both zones, we compromise improvement and innovation.


Matthew Williams: Special Olympics let me be myself — a champion

How much do you know about intellectual disabilities? Special Olympics champion and ambassador Matthew Williams is proof that athletic competition and the camaraderie it fosters can transform lives, both on and off the field. Together with his fellow athletes, he invites you to join him at the next meet — and challenges you to walk away with your heart unchanged.