Building your inner coach | Brett Ledbetter | TEDxGatewayArch

  • Published on Sep 10, 2014
  • This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. What separates players and people? Why do some people handle adversity better than others and achieve higher levels of success? In this TEDxYouth Talk, Brett tackles these questions by providing insight from championship coaches, a world-renowned performance psychologist, and a surprising ESPN game clip.
    Brett Ledbetter is the creator of, a website that features Championship Coaches, Professional Athletes, and Best-Selling Authors that he interviews to educate players, parents, and coaches in the youth space. Brett also works with 200+ athletes on a weekly basis at Ledbetter Academy where they focus on skill development.
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Comments • 74

  • Alejandro Garza
    Alejandro Garza 23 days ago

    The best Ted Talk I have ever seen so far! Great explained, very good examples and amazing content! Thank you Brett!

  • David Harrison
    David Harrison Month ago

    Thanks Brett. Well done. Marvelous application to develop our life skills.

  • David Harrison
    David Harrison Month ago

    Thanks Brett. Well done. Marvelous application to develop our life skills.

  • Regina Richards
    Regina Richards Month ago

    Super helpful!

  • jim klein
    jim klein Month ago

    As of the posting of this comment there are 3.1k thumbs up and 99 thumbs down. How after watching Brett’s talk can anyone give his talk a thumbs down? This is an excellent, concise and well thought out talk. I will definitely have my students watch Brett’s talk more than once. It’s that good! And I’ll be looking for more from Brett.

    SZE YEE KWAN 2 months ago

    Focus more on the process.
    Be polite to yourself.
    Winning is the process.

  • elnombre
    elnombre 2 months ago

    Building on the inside

  • fransisca Fita
    fransisca Fita 6 months ago

    This is really i coooll. Thankyou so mucch

    JAYCOB MANN 6 months ago

    nerd !!! 4 eyes!!!!

  • Embody Daily
    Embody Daily 6 months ago

    Such a good video omgggg

  • אורן שני
    אורן שני 7 months ago +15

    I just fired my inner coach. Replaced him with another one who has the right attitude.

  • DeeGee the Life Coach
    DeeGee the Life Coach 9 months ago +1

    What a wonderful thought. Thank you for sharing these valuable information. This will be definitely important to reduce stress.

  • Adryanna Mosley
    Adryanna Mosley 10 months ago

    You made this so easily applicable! Thanks!

  • Scott Herford
    Scott Herford 10 months ago +1

    My favourie human performance video this year. Thank you!

  • Jason Novetsky
    Jason Novetsky Year ago +2

    I am sport psychology consultant and show this talk often to my clients. Awesome job Brett. Spot on!!

  • Lindsey Heidrick
    Lindsey Heidrick Year ago

    The process not just the result...marinate in the process /building character and the result will come. Love it. Thank you x

  • With love, Rose
    With love, Rose Year ago

    Just so you know, the Character skills listed at 12:41, are now hanging in my office. I have a pretty good grip on the Moral skills, I could of course always brush up on them in order to use them every day. On the other hand... Performance skills have been something that I had no idea about. I have a great grip on the resilient skill, I just knew that there was so much I was missing out on that would help me "perform" better at my job. I'm grateful for these skills to be listed like this, ESPECIALLY in a TED talk

  • Gary Kim
    Gary Kim Year ago

    Thank you, Brett! I am going to ask my son to watch yours.

  • Ethan Giri
    Ethan Giri Year ago

    KD has since changed hi answer to 'Teaming up'

  • Virgil Beasley, Psy.D.

    Well done...great content, interactive learning broken down in easy steps, Really like "Self Coach/Inner Coach" better than Gremlin, Monkey Brain. And, science now confirms we can "train" this coach. Particularly like the distinctions about character and his exercise of the what and why of those distinctions to fuel the process.,

  • CEO
    CEO Year ago

    This is extremely help full 👍🏻

  • Educators in VR
    Educators in VR Year ago

    I wish there were voices all around speaking to us like this everyday.

    JOHN KAMAU Year ago

    incredibly super........

  • John .Visser
    John .Visser Year ago +1

    This is outstanding! Clear and powerful and applicable for all ages and for anything we are involved in.

  • Barry M
    Barry M Year ago +1

    Great approach !

  • Om Singh Chauhan
    Om Singh Chauhan Year ago

    supplier- input - process = output (VOC) customer... this is the universal formula... very well explained

  • Susan Blatz
    Susan Blatz Year ago +1

    Brilliant and inspiring! Thank you

    ROHIT SHARMA Year ago +1


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  • MuthuVijayan Elango - Astrologer and Life Coach

    Awesome message! One of the best motivational video. Once we start focusing on the process and what we can control we can be in peace irrespective of our result.

  • rorobyn10
    rorobyn10 Year ago

    What a great talk. I coach CYO volleyball . I always start my practices with what went wrong (lost game) or what went right (we won game). Really enjoyed this ted talk.

  • Manon Beaumier
    Manon Beaumier Year ago +1


    MADU OBIOHA Year ago

    Brett just delivered the master stroke. Quite challenging and energizing. Thank you

  • sacrumify
    sacrumify Year ago

    TEDx Tlaks - PIŠTE TY KOMENTY LASKAVĚ V ČEŠTINĚ - Je to přece tak jednoduché - pro vás ,co se cítíte být mnohem "vzdělanější" ,než všichni ostatní, by to mělo být obzvláště jasné - jsme v ČR !!! - náš rodný jazyk je čeština. Doslova mne uráží vaše arogance. Když už se podaří v tom marastu,který produkuje (-te?) na kanále TEDx Talks najít něco smysluplného (a to se musí dlouho hledat), tak popis videa je pouze v angličtině - je takový problém napsat to alespoň v obou jazycích? Je to úžasné, kam až nás tlačí "vzdělanci".... když pominu ty trapné tlachy o ničem a o nesmrtelnosti chrousta... musí to být neskutečně výdělečná činnost. Dívat se na většinu těch diskutujících a nýmandů je ztráta času. Takže vlastně jde o to najít si v té snůšce trapností něco moudrého- a když už to člověk najde,prosím- mluvte jak nám zobák narostl a pokud je angličtina tak světová,odstěhujte se někam,kde je rodným jazykem. Jak říkám - JSME V ČR.

  • ate1963favourites

    Really helpful and crystal clear! Thanks, Brett!

  • Poliana Falcao
    Poliana Falcao Year ago +1

    Simple and deep! Great! Tks Brett!!!

  • Brandon Durham
    Brandon Durham Year ago +1

    Excellent talk

  • MarLopez
    MarLopez Year ago +1

    Excellent Video!

  • Shady El Alfy
    Shady El Alfy Year ago

    awesome talk
    thx brett :)

  • Asma Almansouri
    Asma Almansouri Year ago +3

    Best ted talk ever.

  • Aaron Valenzuela Moroyoqui

    Great Talk, it open my mind to a new point of view of myself and i´m gonna share this with my daugthers and son...Thank you Brett

  • Ali Haider
    Ali Haider 2 years ago +1

    thanks Brett. extremely helpful and empowering work. loved it.

  • Field Flow - Systemic Leadership Coaching - Thomas van der Molen

    Very inspiring how you connect building your inner coach with basketball! Especially as it gave me renewed awareness of the coaching lessons I indeed picked up through the game of basketball... Thank you!

  • Matty 93
    Matty 93 2 years ago +15

    This is by far the best ted talk I have seen in a while. A lot of talks are too conceptual for me and this is on a very practical level

  • Karen Cessford
    Karen Cessford 2 years ago +1

    Brilliantly delivered

  • Eric Long
    Eric Long 2 years ago

    Thank you Brett. Let me explain . I was hired as a new high school softball coach. The team was the bottom of their conference but the talent was there in 2016. I got to use your Character-Process- Result philosophy in my 1st year and found the team competing for a District Title . During the District title game we found ourselves with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th inning against our district power house. There was a runner on 1st base and the score was 3-1 in our favor. I was pacing back and forth in the dug out when the runner on first was up to bat and watched her obtain 1st base with a blazing base hit. I said to myself how do I take control of the situation. Well I remember the basketball clip you showed and I sat back down on the bucket and watch our pitcher strike out their lead off hitter looking. We won the district championship and I must accredit you and these videos as being a hidden driven force behind the success of our team this year. Their Character drove their practices (The PROCESS) and the end result was much more than the goal they originally set for themselves.

  • Anthony Beckman
    Anthony Beckman 2 years ago +1

    Awesome presentation. Thank you

  • The Performance Confidence Coach

    Really great content.

  • SoldiersofSelfMastery
    SoldiersofSelfMastery 2 years ago

    My Passion is to Transform, To an Elite Level, The ALpha Mindset! and Help others Ahieve more!

  • Vinod Kumar V
    Vinod Kumar V 2 years ago

    16 idiots.

  • forevaayoung
    forevaayoung 2 years ago +1

    Thank you Brett! I was asking today for a sign...of how can I improve..and was lucky to find this video.

  • Caelan Jones
    Caelan Jones 2 years ago +10

    So well said, Brett ! I'm a life coach and this is exactly what I speak about for peak performance for our kids and for helping our kids progress both on and off the court/field/classroom and for ourselves.

  • Cecília Chohfi - Psicóloga e Coach

    Uauuu!!! I do love it!!! Many thanks!!

  • Sidney Jones
    Sidney Jones 2 years ago +4

    Excellently articulated! Thank you Brett.

  • Phil Spratt
    Phil Spratt 3 years ago +4

    As a youth and adult rowing coach and club captain, this video was perfect. I totally agree and I particularly like the idea of focusing on the goal and working backwards to understand the necessary steps to put in place. Thank you for sharing Brett

  • Uma Naik
    Uma Naik 3 years ago +2

    wow... totally speechless... what a motivation to start life anew 😊Thx for sharing ☝

    • Valerie Ellis
      Valerie Ellis 7 months ago

      I felt the same; this is so profound.

  • Lilia Melendez
    Lilia Melendez 3 years ago +14

    I really appreciate this piece of advice. Developing our inner coach will help us to grow ourselves by being self conscious about our nature, capabilities , willingness and goals.
    Very clear to understand! Just love it!

    LUCKY STRIKE 3 years ago +2


  • Conor Neill
    Conor Neill 4 years ago +61

    This talk needs more views. Great content, so clear. Thank you Brett

    • kylie gabay
      kylie gabay Month ago

      He Ledbetter for himself that I would have led myself ;)

    • itsjus L
      itsjus L 3 months ago

      Super agreed

    • Dr. Fred Jones, The Book Coach
      Dr. Fred Jones, The Book Coach Year ago

      So powerful isn't it Conor!

    • Najib Casa
      Najib Casa Year ago

      Just wonderful, I been tryin to find out about "kids confidence building course" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Ever heard of - Elilan Coachify Domination - (should be on google have a look ) ? Ive heard some pretty good things about it and my cousin got great success with it.

  • Stuart - Simply One Percent

    Absolutely fantastic! Our inner coach if trained correctly has the power to literally transform our lives. Going within on a daily basis and self analysing to identify what we did well and how we could improve is quite possibly one of the single best self help techniques available to us, and all we need is a pencil and paper. Great talk Brett, thank you!