FNF Coaches Talk — Strength training coach talks digital platforms, Iowa U back in business June 1, conference call etiquette

Happy Friday, Coach. We hope you’re able to celebrate the start of the weekend in a way that makes you happy. Here are three stories for the day.

1. FNF Coaches Talk Podcast – Gaffney High (S.C.) Strength Coach Tony Smith (FNF Coaches Podcast)

We’re excited about our FNF Coaches podcast, which is now available on Spotify, iTunes and Google Play. Search “FNF Coaches Talk” in any of those three platforms to check out our catalog of pods. We’ve been talking to coaches all over the country about the way they’re dealing with the current situation, and the podcast is a great forum for a longer conversation. We brought Gaffney High (S.C.) strength coach Tony Smith on the pod, and he talked about several things that will interest any coach.

No. 1 — Smith’s school pushed through a plan for a $2.5 million weight room construction project, and he tells us how they got it done. No. 2 — he’s using digital platforms and apps to program his athletes’ workouts, and he tells us how he created a “tech culture” and how he keeps players on task while they’re on devices in the weight room.


What topic would you be interested in hearing about in podcast form?

2. University of Iowa says football will resume June 1 (The Athletic)

We’re all wondering when we’ll be able to resume football activities (in-person) and that date appears to be about a month away in Iowa — at least at the college level.

University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld said yesterday his university’s athletes are planning to resume practice June 1.

Harreld reserves the right to change his mind in that statement, but it does seem like he’s motivated to get the student-athletes back to work.

What would need to happen between now and June 1 for you to feel comfortable about starting practice on that date?

3. 13 Conference Call Etiquette Tips (Flex Jobs)

We’re all getting used to the conference calls and zoom meetings, and this is a good reminder that there are things that are within our control to make the process go smoother.

One that we didn’t include in the quotes below is to give your meetings a practice run. At this point, we figure you’ve got it down, but it’s a good idea whenever you’re using new technology to take a test run before doing it in a public setting.

Here are two tips that apply to leading conferences as a coach.

1. Set an Agenda
This sounds obvious and yet, bears repeating: if you’re the one running the meeting, set an agenda.
Agendas don’t have to be long, involved, or even particularly detailed. A brief outline of what topics the meeting will cover is usually good enough. They let attendees know what to expect, estimate how long the meeting will take, and gives them the chance to prepare their talking points.

Another good piece of advice: Make the most of the time you have by getting organized!

3. Prioritize Your Updates
In larger meetings (say, anything over eight people), prioritize what you will and won’t talk about. Limiting what you discuss gives everyone a chance to talk about whatever is important to them and helps caps the overall time the meeting takes.
If you’re not sure what to keep and what to eliminate, a good rule of thumb is that you should only talk about a topic if it involves, or is important to, at least three members of your meeting. Otherwise, save it for an email or a smaller meeting. Being mindful of time is key to conference call etiquette.


What is one thing you’ve learned about conference call etiquette in the last month?

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