Stanford coach John Dunning doesn’t believe there are magic words that can be uttered during a timeout to turn a struggling volleyball player from bad to good. In fact, as you’ll see in this video, he thinks that notion is ridiculous.
So how does he suggest you help a player who’s having a rough night?
In his view, it’s less about the moment and more about how you interact with players day after day during the course of a season. If you’re consistently being yourself and communicating with players in a direct and honest way, your words are likely to be more impactful at any given moment than they would be if you’re trying to coach like someone else or if you’re always filling your players with false praise.