Blending over 3 hours of content from World Class leaders on stage at GymCon 2019, with an additional 3 hours of group coaching from Nick Ruddock.
Speak with any great leader, coach or organisation, and they’ll have a fine-tuned strategy in place to ensure they reach their specific targets.
They won’t attempt to reach their targets with “tactics” alone – jumping from thing to thing, and changing things up as soon as they appear not to be working.
You see, when you know where you’re going, it’s much easier to understand how you’re going to get there.
Just so we’re absolutely clear, strategy is not just a fancy word from tactics, so if you’re not sure exactly what I mean by strategy, then allow me to explain:
Your club might have an objective to be the best club in your region.
You’ll formulate a strategy for how – over time – you’re going to become the best club in the region.
The strategy will then dictate the tactics you’ll use in order to carry out your strategy.
This all might sound obvious to you, but in my time travelling the world, I’ve recognised that it is very uncommon for gymnastics clubs to have a well-considered strategy in place.
There are four main reasons why:
1. Coaching is a time consuming task and leaves little time for reflection and strategic planning.
Let’s face it, there is a ton of ‘hands on’ work to be done in the gym, and the last thing most coaches fancy doing after a 40 week near the chalk bucket is forging a strategy around a meeting table.
2. Most people confuse ‘strategy' with ‘tactics’ and they are NOT the same thing.
Consider strategy the 'recipe', and tactics the ‘ingredients.’ You can have the finest resources in the world at your disposal, but if you can’t put them to work effectively, they aren’t much good!
3. Strategy can be intimidating.
It’s unknown territory, possibly full of jargon, and whilst we may see the value in the concept, we much prefer to stay in our comfort zones and focus on what we already know best. Or at least, what we think is best.
4. It sounds boring.
Some coaches feel like they’re there to ‘coach’, not write things down on paper and agree to a set of actions.
If any of these ring true to you, then I’ve got some good news for you: true strategy is not what you think it is.
For a start, strategy SAVES time. Acres of it in fact. And when you prioritise it, you give your club far more chance of doing the right stuff.
You see, when you know what your goals are, it becomes much easier to know what activity needs to happen in order to achieve those goals.
Rather than spending ALL your time in the gym, grafting and sweating without making any progress, you start with a small amount of time on strategy.
Because once you’ve nailed your strategy, your activity is designed specifically to make progress.
Secondly, strategy does not have to be dull, boring or tedious.
Actually, it’s the opposite. You see, it’s not all notebooks and whiteboards – good strategy actually brings people together, and invites collaboration and teamwork.
"Gerben Wiersma was outstanding value on his own, even without the rest of the amazing expertise on offer."
How do you identify the correct goals and understand the most effective way of achieving them?
How do you distill that strategy down into an understandable format that your entire team can work off and get bought into?
These are not easy questions to answer. And for most coaches, they’re sufficiently difficult enough questions that they never get answered.
There’s always a training session to run, more drills to do, or competitions to prepare for.
Strategy never gets to the top of the ‘to-do’ list, and even if it does, no one knows where to start, so it doesn’t happen.
And that’s why you’re reading this.
At this year’s GymCon, together with a star-studded lineup of some of the biggest names in the world of Gymnastics, we dove deep into the topic of strategy, discussing and sharing;
You'll be pleased to know that we recorded the event live with a professional crew, and we've packaged it up with some additional content to create the 'Strategy Masterclass', a lifetime access member area where you'll be guided through the stages of crafting and executing an effective strategy to take your athletes and club from where it is now, to where you want to get to.
4 amazing stage recordings from GymCon 2019, with Nick Ruddock, Gerben Wiersma, Barry Collie and Aimee Boorman.
An additional three hours of in-depth coaching from Nick Ruddock, to help you build your strategy for success.
Downloadable templates from Nick Ruddock's stage session.
"I enjoyed hearing how the process of creating a strategy actually translated into something that was tangible enough to see and understand."
Having consulted and advised on this very topic to multiple international teams you’ll see on the world stage, I know a thing or two about strategy, but when it came to GymCon, the audience didn’t just hear from me.
Far from it.
With the likes of Scott Hann MBE, Dr Dave Tilley and Valorie Kondos Field stepping up on stage in previous years, the bar was set rather high, but I was confident I had it well covered.
Each year, I guarantee the audience the very best speakers and experts to help me deliver a compelling and transformational conference which has the power to seismically impact your results.
GymCon 2019 was no exception, and I secured some of the hottest names in gymnastics, with the world class medals to match.
Put simply, if you can’t learn from these coaches, you’ve got little chance of learning at all.
Session 1 - Gerben Wiersma Head Coach Team NED (WAG)
Session 2 - Nick Ruddock Gymnastics Coach and Consultant
Session 3 - Aimee Boorman Former Coach to Simone Biles
Session 4 - Barry Collie National Coach GBR (MAG)
In addition to the 3 hours + of content from myself, Aimee Boorman, Barry Collie and Gerben Wiersma, where we share proven strategies and philosphies that have led to medals at World Class level, I'll be delivering three x 60 minute group coaching sessions as part of the Strategy Masterclass bundle.
These online coaching calls will be delivered using a nifty tool called 'Zoom', and you'll just need a solid internet connection to take part.
If you can't make the live calls then you don't need to sweat, as they'll all be recorded and added to your Strategy Masterclass members area after they take place.
"Nick's session on strategy was so valuable and has led to a number of extended discussions today to ensure we fulfils our team goals."
On these calls, which will take place over the next few weeks, I'll be guiding you through the key considerations of an effective strategy, and helping you to identify potential blind spots in your current one.
These calls are interactive, meaning you'll have the opportunity to ask me questions also, in case you have some burning queries related to the context of your home gym.
"A really fantastic balance of education, motivation and reflection."
With all of this laid out in front of you, it’d be natural for you to assume that the recording of this event will cost many hundreds of pounds.
After all, it’s over three hours of ‘lifetime access’ content from four speakers who have all contributed to athletes winning Olympic medals.
Not to mention the three additional hours of group coaching from me, an additional value of over £420.
But if you were thinking that you’d have to sell your car to access this material you’d be wrong.
When you consider that access to this level of speaker would usually cost you hundreds of pounds (if you can get time in their schedules!) and coaching from me is usually reserved for my international clients and Inner Circle members, you'll be pleasantly surprised your investment is just £199.99.
Call me biased, but I can't see why an ambitious gymnastics coach wouldn't want to take me up on this Strategy Masterclass offer.
With such high level speakers and lifetime access to over 6 hours worth of content, this really is a great offer and opportunity to up-skill your coaching.
So all that's left to do is click on the orange button below and secure your access now to the Strategy Masterclass bundle.
See you on the other side!
Don't let strategy stop you from fulfilling your potential. Access the Strategy Masterclass today for over 6 hours of content that will give you the tools to structure your success.Access Now For £199.99