Jeff Huber: On Preparing Mentally for Competition

I ended up having surgery this week (which, thankfully, went well), but I'm still unable to read normally, so a regular post wasn't going to happen this week either (and if you missed last week's podcast-stravaganza, you can check out the list of podcasts I was enjoying while on bed rest here). So I thought this might be a nice opportunity to catch up with 3-time Olympic diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber, who recently retired from coaching at Indiana University, but still teaches in IU's Department…


Five Podcasts I'm Enjoying Now

Five Podcasts I'm Enjoying Right Now

I was in a bit of a strange accident this week, which resulted in a concussion, some eye trauma, and a trip to the ER. So…the last few days have consisted of me sitting propped up in bed with my eyes closed, catching up on episodes of my favorite podcasts. Since writing a normal post was not in the cards this week, I thought it might be a perfect time to share some of the podcasts I’m enjoying – and also ask you to share some of your favorite podcasts too. So without further…


Can We Really Trust Our Intuition When Making Difficult Decisions?

Can We Really Trust Our Intuition When Making Difficult Decisions?

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes It’s said that we make dozens (or thousands1) of decisions every day. From the relatively mundane (hmm…can I trust this food cart’s hot dogs?) to the more momentous decisions that feel like they could take us down very different paths in life (umm…which college should I go to?). The simple decisions don’t generally keep us up at night (unless you make the wrong decision about the hot dogs), but we can easily get overwhelmed and feel lost when…


How to avoid being chronically stressed out by a tyrannical conductor, teacher, or colleague

How to Keep Your Cool in Stressful Lessons, Rehearsals, and More

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes Whether it’s the 2nd grade spelling bee, a Little League game, or youth orchestra rehearsal, most of us have had one of those traumatizing moments where a teacher, coach, or conductor called us out in front of our peers. For me, it was an orchestra rehearsal in high school, where the conductor made each stand play the same difficult passage one at a time, to make it crystal clear which players were the problem, as the rest of the orchestra…


most popular posts of 2017

Most Popular Posts of 2017

Email? What's email for? That was my reaction upon receiving my first email address as a freshman in August 1994. I just couldn’t fathom what one was supposed to do with an email address (I know - sounds crazy now, right?). Of course, I soon discovered that friends at other schools had email addresses too, and you could type little notes to each other if you knew their address. And they’d get them almost instantly. For free! Of course, now we all have multiple email addresses, and experience a…