// you’re reading...

Beating the Odds

What the Beatles Can Teach

So much has changed in the 50 years since the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Nothing showed those changes as well as last night’s “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles.”

This time, the Beatles appeared in blazing color instead of black and white.

In 2014, computer graphics behind the band helped tell the story.

Last night, alas, John Lennon and George Harrison were gone, leaving Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to spread the energy.

This time, instead of screaming, the women swayed, danced and sang along. And at least one of them took video on her phone.

But one thing hasn’t changed, and that one thing carries a message for coaches and teachers: Make it fun!

The Beatles were fun upon arrival at New York’s JFK Airport. Lots of fun. Infectious fun. They ran into wary parents and a suspicious press ready to dislike them for their moptop haircuts and the effect they were having on girls.

Instead, at their first news conference, the Beatles smiled, joked and bantered with the reporters. Soon, Beatlemania had begun.

And it didn’t hurt that Beatles music was toe-tapping fun. You saw it again last night when Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr ripped through some old favorites.

If you want to be a great coach or teacher, be like the Beatles, and make it fun! Your kids will get excited, pay attention and they retain more. They will look forward to class or practice. This will feed curiosity and more learning.

Even 50 years later, the Beatles have the same effect on kids. Just look at this video. Look at the curiosity, the body language and the smiles. Human nature hasn’t changed in 50 years, and people love to have fun!

Make it fun!

*** *** *** *** ***

Thank you for visiting Total Game Plan. While you’re here, please check out other articles to help you reach your potential.

You can find tons of coaching tips come in “Ten Things Great Coaches Know.”

How to Survive Your Sports Season” is an invaluable resource to help you with the highs and lows of practice and competition.

To improve at anything, check out “The Improvement Factor: How Champions Turn Practice into Success.”


No comments for “What the Beatles Can Teach”

Post a comment