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They’ll Do the Same Thing My Daughter Does If You Let Them

By Jeremy Tiers, Director of Admissions Services      My wife and I already know the answer before we even ask the question. Every now and then we let our 9-year old daughter pick where we go out for dinner. There are a ton of nice restaurants within a 15-20 minute drive from our house. But, every time despite having all those options, she opts for one of two familiar choices – McDonald's or Culver's. My daughter chooses ‘safe’ over the unknown. It doesn’t matter that what she usually orders (hamburger, Mac and cheese, or noodles with butter) is available at a bunch...


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Your Call to Action Gets Things Done

by Mike Davenport, Coaching Sports Today

[This is part four in the series on effective persuasion for sport coaches. Click here for the other articles.]

Here’s a fact—whenever your athlete leaves a meeting, a practice, or a huddle without knowing EXACTLY what to do…you’ve missed a chance at success.

And you may never get that opportunity for success again.

You need to nail the effective persuasion part

Coaches persuade.

Our job is to convince people to take positive action.

Persuasion is our bread & butter and the best coaches are masters of it.

Unfortunately, persuasion does not come easy for many. That’s the bad news.

The good news—with practice you can become very effective at persuasion.

Persuasion, the act of convincing someone...


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It Might Not Make Sense, But

By Jeremy Tiers, Director of Admissions Services      It happened again, this time during a staff training workshop that I led for a college in Illinois yesterday. During a break, one of the admissions counselors came up and asked me if his peers at other schools are also dealing with students making completely illogical college decisions. The short answer I gave him was, “of course.” Choosing a college based on whether or not they have a football team might seem completely illogical to you and the wrong way to break a tie between schools, but it happens from time to time. And...


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Why Your Recruits Choose “Safe” If You Let Them

It's a little after 6:00pm, and I'm two blocks from Times Square in New York City. There are hundreds of great restaurants within walking distance, offering every delicacy known to man. I've walked by them before, and swore that "next time" I'd venture in and try one. But every next time, faced with that choice, I opted for my old familiar foodie friend: Chipotle. When faced with a decision, I cave. I'll choose 'safe' over the 'unknown', and my usual from Chipotle is an easy decision I long ago justified as being smart, relatively healthy, fast and affordable. Not exciting, not new...safe. I look at the other restaurants, and check out their menus online, and read the reviews. But in the end, I settle. So do your recruits. They did...


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