Sept. 10, 2020

Nick Winkelman-How language can enhance performance

Nick Winkelman-How language can enhance performance

Ok guys it is a pleasure to have my friend Nick Winkelman on the show today.

Nick is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to optimizing human performance so I am very excited to share this conversation with you. 

Nick is currently living in Dublin, Ireland where he is the head of athletic performance & science for the Irish Rugby Football Union. 

Before working for Irish Rugby, Nick was the director of education and training systems for EXOS (formerly Athletes' Performance), which is a global leader in performance training and education.  As the director of education, Nick oversaw the development and execution of all internal and external educational initiatives. As a performance coach, he oversaw the speed and assessment component of the NFL Combine and supported many professional athletes and elite Military.

Nick completed his PhD in philosophy with a focus on motor learning and sprinting. He is a international speaker and consultant on human performance and coaching science and has numerous book chapters and peer reviewed papers focusing on the intersection between coaching language and athlete learning.

Nick recently released his first book titled “The Language of coaching” which is a deep dive into the science and art of utilizing our language to best serve our athletes.

This conversation is heavy on coaching athletes but the principles discussed are universal…so whether you are a coach, teacher, trainer, yoga instructor, CEO or athlete…whatever your profession I think you will take valuable insights with you because language is key to effective communication.  And good communication is everything!  

Some topics discussed are: 

  • how to enhance focus, attention and memory
  • how “being present” reflects your “presence” 
  • how to enhance recovery while you train
  • how injury changes your focus and performance
  • why external cuing wins when it comes to performance
  • how to navigate a “high pressure” moment for best results
  • flow state
  • and the best life advice ever received “give it all away because it will come back to you”

More on Nick…

The Book

The Language of Coaching

Great education videos



People mentioned:

Gabriele Wulf

Attention and Motor Skill Learning

Rob Gray