9 TED Talks Soccer Coaches Should Watch

These 9 TED talks cover leadership, motivation, inspiring action, developing leaders, the power of belief and more. Each speaker’s message is under 18 minutes in length and contains innovative ideas that can be applied to your coaching. 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


John Wooden: The difference between winning and succeeding

SYNOPSIS: With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father's wisdom.


Stanley McChrystal: Listen, learn ... then lead

SYNOPSIS: Four-star general Stanley McChrystal shares what he learned about leadership over his decades in the military. How can you build a sense of shared purpose among people of many ages and skill sets? By listening and learning — and addressing the possibility of failure.

"Leaders can let you fail and not let you be a failure." - Stanley McChrystal


Pam Borton: Coaching and developing leaders while enjoying the journey

Borton weaves stories of developing young women on the basketball court to become leaders in life. Through her stories on the court, she talks of the importance of enjoying the path to the future.


Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

SYNOPSIS: Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers ...


Eduardo Briceno: The Power of belief -- mindset and success

SYNOPSIS: The way we understand our intelligence and abilities deeply impacts our success. Based on social science research and real life examples, Eduardo Briceño articulates how mindset, or the understanding of intelligence and abilities, is key. When students or adults see their abilities as fixed, whether they think they're naturals or just not built for a certain domain, they avoid challenge and lose interest when things get hard. Conversely, when they understand that abilities are developed, they more readily adopt learning-oriented behaviors such as deliberate practice and grit that enable them to achieve their goals. But this belief is itself malleable, and there are clear actions we can all take to establish a growth mindset and enable success for our children, our peers and ourselves. 


Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

SYNOPSIS: Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.


Brett Ledbetter: Building your inner coach

SYNOPSIS: What separates players and people? Why do some people handle adversity better than others and achieve higher levels of success? In this TEDxYouth Talk, Brett tackles these questions by providing insight from championship coaches, a world-renowned performance psychologist, and a surprising ESPN game clip.


Gonzalo Vilariño: How Argentina's blind soccer team became champions

SYNOPSIS: With warmth and respect, Gonzalo Vilariño tells the captivating story of Argentina's blind soccer team — and how a sincere belief in themselves and their capabilities transformed the players from humble beginnings into two-time World Champions. "You have to get out there and play every game in this beautiful tournament that we call life," Vilariño says.


Drew Dudley: Everyday leadership

SYNOPSIS: We have all changed someone’s life — usually without even realizing it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives.