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Frank Dick OBE

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Corporate coaching consultant, Chair of Scottish Athletics and President of the European Athletics Coaches Association

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His expertise derives from years of coaching experience and detailed research into individual success and achievement. Our keynote speaker Frank Dick combines this wealth of knowledge and experience into an informative and motivational approach to achieving long-lasting transformation of both individual and team performance. 

Motivational Speaker and Corporate Coaching Consultant

Renowned as one of the country’s best and most consistently inspiring motivational speakers, Frank Dick is the current Chair of Scottish Athletics, President of the European Athletics Coaches Association, Member of the IAAF Coaches Commission, as well as Chair (and architect) of the IAAF Academy. From 1974 to 1994, our keynote speaker Frank Dick was the British Athletics Federation’ s Director of Coaching, where he was widely acknowledged as one of the outstanding sports coaches in the world.

In this position, Frank coached athletes such as Daley Thompson, Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe to European, Olympic and World honours. Under his leadership, Britain enjoyed a period of unprecedented international success. He also created training programmes for individuals such as Gerhard Berger and Boris Becker to name but a few.

In 2011, the excellent speaker Frank Dick was awarded an Honorary Professorship by the National Sports Academy of Bulgaria in reccognition of his influence in advancement of coaching in Europe.  This followed an Honorary Doctorate by Loughborough University for his contribution to coaching and coach development.

Frank Dick has combined his talent for inspiring sporting achievement with the business world. By recognising the synergy between effective coaching techniques on the playing field and in the office, over the years he has developed a range of inspirational keynote speech themes, workshop topics and bespoke employee development programmes that remain as popular and relevant today as ever.

His expertise derives from years of detailed research into individual success and achievement. Our sought-after speaker Frank Dick combines this wealth of knowledge and experience into an informative and motivational approach to achieving long-lasting transformation of both individual and team performance.

With a history of sporting excellence through coaching some of the best talent in the world he has, over the past 20 years of speaking to 100’s of companies both in the UK and around the world, recognised six key areas of personal and professional development that, once taken out of a “training room” mentality and put into a different context, can lead to individual and team progress simply by giving a different perspective.

Author of three major publications, ‘Sports Training Principles’, ‘Winning’ and ‘Winning Lines’, all classics in their fields, Frank’s latest book ‘Winning Matters’ was published in August 2010.

Frank’s contribution to sport and coaching has been recognised in being awarded an OBE in 1989, induction to the UK Coaches Hall of Fame in 1999 and the prestigious title “UK Sporting Hero” by Sport UK in 2001.

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    Keynotes by Speaker Frank Dick

    •  “The Winning Difference ” – creating the right motivational atmosphere in the workplace.
    •  “Team Talk ” – everyone in the team has a value; team achievement is about understanding and developing strength of diversity and not encouraging uniformity.
    •  “Coaching Matters ” – the development of the individual into an effective, inspiring and educational manager can be key to team and business success.
    •  “Leading Edge ” – truly great leaders understand that being a part of the team is more effective than just leading it, and it is the mastering of this challenge that can lead to personal and professional excellence.
    •  “Talent – from Potential to Performance ” – perform better today than yesterday by doing different things and doing things differently; being able to manage the performance of emerging talent increases the potential for growth and success.
    • Prepared to Win ” –  we cannot always choose and change our conditions and circumstances, but we can always choose and change our attitude.

     

    Olympic Presentations by Speaker Frank Dick

    • COACH LIKE AN OLYMPIAN – A real behind the scenes look at the Olympics – observations and anecdotes but looking at what makes an Olympian become a winner.
    • THE HARD WAY IS THE BEST WAY – It’s a tough road to the Olympics – but in any arena it is imperative to keep raising your performance and take on those mountains.
    • PREPARED TO PERFORM – Importance of performance is imperative to an athlete – but in business raising collective performance is the key to making the results they seek both achievable and probable.
    • OUR POWER – Whether planning or learning, our advantage is in interdependence, in doing it together. This is essential when it comes to any team sport in an Olympic Games.
    • COACHWORK – Every athlete needs a coach. This presentation looks at how we can learn to be more coachable and to develop our coaching ability.
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Frank was great to work with and delivered what we had wanted and discussed in our pre-session discussions. Frank's delivery was very good and he engaged our delegates.

David Burgess

Fife Local Authority

Frank pitched his contributions perfectly for the most senior to the most junior leaders and managers and has really helped us to launch our work on talent, performance and succession in a positive and uplifting way.

Colleen Harding

Bournemouth University
10.09.2014

Interview with Frank Dick OBE

What is the message you hope people take away from your presentations?

  • Each of you is unique and the difference you can bring to business and life cannot be delivered by anyone else.  It is our choice to make that difference count.
  • Make the cycle of RISK – FEAR – COURAGE work for you and for the enterprise in these tough times.
  • Deliver on three behaviours:  OWN, DECIDE, DO.

Do you have a favorite experience from your speaking career?
Having someone bump into me on a train and say “You won’t remember me, but I was in the audience you spoke to six years ago. You said that we were mountain people. So I was going to be. It has changed my life. Thank you.” Then she disappeared.

How do you prepare for speaking engagements?
I always have a thorough briefing to understand the messages the client needs their people to hear. Then I make a point of reordering things right up to the last minute to keep me on the edge, to customize things and to include input that reflects appropriate issues that have come on to the radar since the briefing.

How do you draw on your life experience in your keynote presentations?
Life experience is a continuous learning medium, so you must be constantly looking for those metaphors that come out of joining up the dots of sport, business, family, events, people overcoming adversity and so on. You see in presentations, the key is to have each person in the audience feel you have spoken to them about their life. Getting the metaphors right does this.  So you must work at that.

Can you give 3 tips to improve performance?

  • Put in the training and practice hours
  • Climb the mountains no one else would dare to climb
  • Do things differently and do different things persistently

What are some of the necessary elements for successful leadership?
First, create a climate that drives and supports learning fast, and coaching to own; plan; execute; review; align. Next, ensure that winning is understood by everyone to be performing better today than yesterday, every day personally and collectively.

And in that climate:

  • Have the courage to stand tall, to be exposed and vulnerable
  • Separate yourself from prevailing emotional processes
  • Create a spark gap between your and colleagues
  • Keep vision and values front and centre
  • Be persistent and patient in the face of inertia to change
  • Be bold in your judgment calls to do the right thing and never stop learning in how to be better at that
  • Be your most passionate supporter and most meticulous critic.

How are your keynote presentations unique?
I get Frank Dick to do the presentations!

How do you feel the Olympics relate to the business world?
A cornucopia of business messages through the metaphors that will come from the greatest show on each.

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5 out of 5 stars

"Frank pitched his contributions perfectly for the most senior to the most junior leaders and managers and has really helped us to launch our work on talent, performance and succession in a positive and uplifting way."

Colleen Harding - Bournemouth University See all references

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