There are a lot of subtleties in coaching that you can’t pick up in textbooks and from theory.

We all probably know a coach that doesn’t have all the qualifications, but they grasp the craft better than others who might have always had their head in a textbook.

Tacit knowledge is what you pick up from doing the activity, and it’s something that can be tremendously valuable in a dynamic field where you’re working with people, like coaching.

You’ll often go to a course and start learning models and progressions (explicit and codified knowledge) that organise a lot of the tacit knowledge you already have.

In this week’s episode, we talk about the differences between tacit and explicit knowledge and share examples we’ve encountered in our coaching and helping other coaches.


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Show Notes:

  • [2:20] Seeing what other coaches notice in situations and stealing those ideas
  • [3:20] How Luke threads tacit knowledge into weightlifting courses
  • [5:00] Watching other coaches coach
  • [6:15] Internalising and mimicking other people’s behaviours
  • [9:00] Behaviours of more experienced coaches
  • [11:30] Being less boring explaining the workout before classes
  • [13:15] When inexperienced coaches care about the details more and care about the wrong things
  • [16:00] Should warm-ups be fun, and should you play games?
  • [18:30] Does the explicit knowledge organise and structure a lot of the internal models we develop through tacit knowledge
  • [20:45] Getting further with just tacit knowledge
  • [21:15] Finding a balance between tacit and explicit knowledge and which one in what situation should be emphasised