Set the Table
Leaders need to prepare themselves for tough conversations. That’s what leaders do. Leaders care too much about those around them, not to have those conversations when the situation requires it. Those conversations aren’t easy, not even for the strongest of leaders. It requires practice. Players need reps. It’s important to start training for the trial your not yet it.
In order to have effective conversations, players need to learn to balance love (sugar) & truth (salt).
Being able to speak kindly, gentle and with love can go a long way and in this exercise we call that “Sugar.”
Truth is what we know it to be, the truth, which is sometimes painful and harsh. We call truth in this exercise “Salt.”
Through this exercise your players will get their reps to cook up a recipe combining the perfect amounts of sugar and salt.
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See Sugar & Salt in action below to get a better understanding of how to teach the the Exercise.
Exercise Reminder Card
To emphasize and reinforce the lessons learned in this exercise with your players, download and share this graphic with them 24 hours after completing the exercise.
Use these questions below to engage after you have taught the exercise.
- What does it mean to communicate with “Sugar?”
- What does it mean to communicate with “Salt?”
- Why must we balance Sugar and Salt when communicating?
Coaches, use the below question, reflection, and action to engage parents, guardians, and other family members in the lessons learned in this exercise.
Suggestions on how to use: Email to parents the day you have taught this lesson, add it to the materials you send home, or text it to text message threads with your players.
- Question: What does it mean to communicate with “sugar” and “salt”?
- Reflection: Why do leaders prepare for and engage in tough conversations?
- Action: Share an example from the session with your family and illustrate what the perfect blend of Sugar and Salt would look and sound like.
Coach, take a moment to reflect on the lesson and how you can lead by example to your players.