Welcome to the WeCOACH Book Club. As a coach, you are constantly looking to find ways to impact your teams and make discoveries from within, we understand that you may not be reading the same books as your friends outside of the world of athletics.
- Are you a passionate reader looking to connect with like-minded coaches and initiate interactive book discussions in a virtual setting?
- Are you seeking more accountability to actually read an entire book and stay focused on the content that can help you make improvements?
- Are you a casual reader, with great ideas, looking to make connections with other coaches?
If you answered “YES” to any of the questions and you are seeking a community to network and meet new coaches, then this Book Club is specifically for you!
Research states that those who participate in book clubs:
- Are more likely to commit to reading the entire book and sharing thoughts about what they have read and learned with new peers
- Stay more informed of relevant topics within their network
- Meet new people
- Have a platform to share ideas and voice opinions of the book with an invested audience
Participants commit to reading the selected book and engaging in discussions during three scheduled Video Meet-Ups during the designated term. Participants will receive questions and discussion topics to explore and reflect at the beginning of the term, which will help guide video meet-up discussions.
Book Club Eligibility and Requirements
- Only current WeCOACH members may register and participate. A current membership must be maintained throughout the Book Club term.
- Participants may only register for 1 book per term.
- Participants must attend three scheduled Video Meet-Ups.
- Participants are willing to interact and engage in Book Club discussion.
- Participants must complete a satisfaction survey at the completion of the program.
Registration Now Closed For Upcoming Term
Upcoming Book Club Term: June – August 2019
Two books have been selected for the upcoming term. The two clubs will run concurrently. Registrants will be asked to select one book of their choice at registration for participation. Clubs will be capped at 15 participants. Registrants will be selected on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED basis. Register below.
Scheduled Video Meet Ups:
Book 1: “Present Over Perfect” by Shauna Niequist
In these pages, New York Times bestselling author Shauna Niequist invites you to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life.
As she puts it: “A few years ago, I found myself exhausted and isolated, my soul and body sick. I was tired of being tired, burned out on busy. And, it seemed almost everyone I talked with was in the same boat: longing for connection, meaning, depth, but settling for busy.
“I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, writer, and I know all too well that settling feeling. But over the course of the last few years, I’ve learned a way to live, marked by grace, love, rest, and play. And it’s changing everything.
“Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. I’ll walk this path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning for your worth.”
Written in Shauna’s warm and vulnerable style, this collection of essays focuses on the most important transformation in her life, and maybe yours too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be. Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection.
Shauna offers an honest account of what led her to begin this journey, and a compelling vision for an entirely new way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to us.
Book 2: “Conscious Coaching: The Art & Science of Buy-In” by Brett Bartholomew
In the world of strength and conditioning, learning how to move others—not just physically, but also psychologically and emotionally—is paramount to getting the most out of them. People are the ultimate performance variable, and understanding how to effectively blend knowledge of proper training with the nuances of human behavior is integral to helping athletes achieve their ultimate goals. Unfortunately, while much attention has been given to the science of physical training, little attention has been given to the science of communication. Conscious Coaching: The Art and Science of Building Buy-In bridges this gap. Readers learn the foundational principles of improving relationships, enhancing engagement, and gaining the trust of athletes through targeted communication. And, every bit as important, readers also learn concrete strategies to apply these principles in day-to-day coaching situations they will inevitably encounter. The result is a game-changing book that sets the stage for coaches to create a culture of success not only within sport, but also beyond. Conscious Coaching is a movement and its time has come.