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No ifs, no BUTs

DCThink about the word BUT.

“You did really well…” your player is on the up “BUT… you could do better” you’ve taken away all the good and they feel bad about themselves. You think you’ve been positive but you haven’t

Try using phrases without using BUT.

Here’s my top four:

“You should be proud of yourself” – get the player to think about their own performance. There’s nothing quite like patting yourself on the back after achieving something worthwhile.

“You were brilliant this week” – qualify when the player did well. He’ll realise you’re assessing him each week and will feel he has improved from the last session.

“I couldn’t have done that better myself” – never underestimate how much players look up to you. If you’re putting them on your level, that’s a huge confidence boost.

“Nothing can stop you now” – can there be any bigger plaudit? Today the local pitch, tomorrow the Premier League!

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