#91: Mike Barrell – It’s my game. Getting tennis players to think, play and explore


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Hi guys, In this episode you are going to listen to Mike Barrel. Mike has taught tennis for 30+ years and is the founder and CEO of evolve9. He specialises in coach education and program management for tennis coaches and centres. Among others he has worked on programs for USTA, Tennis Australia and the LTA.

You’ll get to know:

  • About the police, doctor and bartender
  • About over- and under achievers
  • How to actively listen

Enjoy the show!


01:00 The police, the doctor and the bartender
05:25 The 3 learning principles
07:15 Creating independent critical thinkers
09:35 How when you are born influences who you will develop into
15:50 Over and under achievers
21:25 Active listening
27:25 Kids perception of time
30:10 Why we need to appreciate “sticky” in a training group
38:30 Having a question mark rather than an exclamation mark
42:00 Shut up and listen
42:30 Broad vs narrow
43:35 Be aware of how data is interpreted
45:00 Mark’s favourite books
45:25 Mark’s favorite persons
47:35 Mark Barrell’s advice to tennis players, parents and coaches
49:40 How to stay updated on Mike Barrell

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