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The internet has become the go to resource for information.  Go to google and type in the search box “How to {________} millennials” and you will get –

How the manage…
How to motivate…
How to work with…
How to deal with…millennials.

From there you are taken to 17+ million results in .56 seconds.  As a coach, how do you discern the best method for Coaching to the Millennials?

The key to coaching millennials is simple, it is the same key that I used when I started in coaching and was working with the Gen Xers….  It is the same key I will use with Generation Z or the iGeneration.

Here is the key: Be aware that there are differences between the generations, but don’t dwell on them.  Too much effort and time is being put into focusing on differences between the generations, and often these differences are marginal. What we should be focusing all things we have in common.  The primary commonality being, we just want to tell our story, we all are individuals who want to grow and feel valuable.

If you really want to connect with your athletes and with your teams, then don’t pigeon-hole them into a generational box. The concept is quite simple and has not changed for 100’s of years – what you need to do is simply focus on them as individuals and show them you have a vested interest in them as a person.  This usually takes effort both on and off the field.

IF your players feel they are not valued as team members they may become discouraged and lose their confidence. The most difficult player to coach is a discouraged player. When they know and believe you care about them, not only as a player but as a person, they will run through brick walls for you. Build those relationships and watch how your team synergy expands and thrives.

I KNOW, this concept may seem like a no brainer, but stop trying so hard to figure out how to coach this generation and focus on connecting with them.  At the end of the day, as a coach you are hoping to get the best out of your players every time they step on the field, regardless of their generation.

Christian DeVries is the founder and executive director of VOLTA Sports and Leadership Development Group. VOLTA offers a unique three-pronged approach to leadership development for those in sports, those who like sports, and anyone who can gain insight and direction from sports. Though interactive workshops, peer mentoring, executive coaching and an eLearning platform, the VOLTA team can help propel your team to achieve peak performance in today’s competitive environment. For more information, click here: VOLTA

About the Author Christian DeVries

As the founder and CEO of VOLTA Sports and Leadership, DeVries has developed the premier coaching, recruiting and sports leadership program called, AOS – The Athlete of Significance. The AOS Platform is a comprehensive eLearning platform for coaches, student-athletes, and parents who are engaged in, or are getting ready to start, the college recruiting process. The AOS Program is not your standard college advisory program. AOS will go beyond just placing a student-athlete in front of college coaches. AOS will help the student-athletes prepare for the ultimate goal of presenting their significance to the coaches.