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Give yourself the voice of authority by David Clarke
January 9, 2009, 3:15 pm
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Coaching, Rugby Team Management | Tags: ,

This week the Ospreys’ regional rugby team appointed a new coach. Not Scott Johnson, but Filo Tiatia. A New Zealander honed from Islander teak, he has been an inspirational figure in the last couple of years and now he is a player-coach focusing on the breakdown. He also coaches the Osprey Under 18s.Filo Tiatia

If you should meet the man, you will find a prescence born of physical prowess and a manner of authority and yet humility. He reminds me of Jim Love, one of our regular columnists in Rugby Coach and former Maori All Black coach.

Not all of us have played for the All Blacks and are built like a big brick outhouse. That gives Filo a certain advantage! But it is the way he conducts himself that give us a clue to why certain coaches have authority.

1. Ease of approach

There is no rush to the way he approaches the players or the task in hand. That leaves space for players to listen and communicate.

2. Less is more

He does not overburden his coaching with lots of thoughts in one session. Players can then develop the area he is concentrating on. He can adjust and adapt the players individually because he has more time to do so.

3. Well prepared

He thinks deeply about his coaching and prepares well for each session. Often he will use a whiteboard or a presentation on flip chart paper, with the players sitting around to listen.

4. Commitment to the best

He wants to the best for himself and by dint of association, the players as well. It comes from pride in his culture and background.

So where is the “voice”?

The voice of authority comes from the quality, feeling and attitude of the speaker. The belief in the nature of what is being said is paramount. Follow these four points to add authority to your voice.


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Tiatia isn’t Maori. Born in NZ but of Samoan stock.

Comment by Tony E

Thanks Tony.
I should have said “Islander” teak. One of his brother’s went onto to play for Samoa I think.
I have edited the entry.

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