Esports Team Formula
Getting your team consistently on the same page
When you are doing stuff for the team
A story to understand why you need this course.
I'll never forget the 'trying-to-be-nice' way the players of a team said to me about their coach.
I was developing a team for a period of time and at the beginning of our time spent together, I asked the team how important their coach is within the team and what his impact is.
I had these players in one on one sessions to ask about this, because I was working with the coach as well separately.
"I guess our coach is helping us with stuff in the team" in a way that you feel the player was clearly underwhelmed. And that was the reaction of 2 players, and the other 3 couldn't really answer the questions about the coach...
In that moment, I realized two things:
First, that the team wasn't transparent and straightforward with their opinions towards the coach...
And second, that the "coaches skills" to lead and coach a team was underwhelming to say the least, although I knew the coach tried his best and had some successes along the way.
And besides the coach, it brought me back as well to the first days of me being a coach, where I felt, I couldn't impact the players enough.
I was thinking, were they saying these things behind my back then as well?
I knew how it was to be like that coach, and I felt the pain...
I have experienced many coaches in my career in esports and all of the coaches that I've met so far have never given thought to how to properly coach players and teams.
It's all self-taught.
I remember those times when I felt that:
- I thought that I was being impactful, by spending a lot of time with my players trying to support them with my presence and positive attitude. (but really I just didn't know how to be impactful and be of added value on what the team needed)
- Was always trying to keep the team together by scheduling fun activities for the team spirit (I didn't realize back then that there is more than just having fun together as a team, to really build deeper connections and synergy)
- Came out wrong because I'd see problems on the horizon, and instead of focusing on the problem ahead, I tried to avoid it (And all of a sudden, we're in the middle of a lot of problems and misaligned within the team)
I have to be honest: even though the players were directing it towards the current coach of the team, their comments made me really feel the pain and helplessness that I had before in my earlier days. Despite the fact that I now know how to help and develop coaches. I was a complete amateur when it came to coaching the first 2 years.
I always remember that moment as the one when I decided to do something about it.
And I'm glad I did.
After years of practice, lots of studying, getting multiple certifications, and carefully understanding what works and doesn't work and lots of trial-and-error, I'm more confident in coaching than ever.
I see teams struggling with the most broken alignment - relationships falling apart - or no trust in the team - many conflicts about playstyles and how to make important decisions, rebellious and undisciplined behavior and I'll just smile and say "bring it on" I can handle this.
It's made coaching team SO much more fun, and the look on the players faces when they see me working with them is priceless:
"Why are you always so cheerful and positive and know a solution for everything?!"
(I have my moments when I'm not in the shadows, haha, but I've developed myself with systems, frameworks, and a deep understanding of people to be this confident)
It may seem impossible, but I can honestly say that developing great coaching skills has changed my life and the lives of many coaches and players as well.
And if you're ever been frustrated by how long a problem takes to find a solution, or something that works for your players and team, or you backed down from issues because you were intimidated by it, or felt bad that you couldn't impress your team with a simple and effective solution... Then developing your coaching skills can change your life, too.
I've spent more than 10 years trying to improve my coaching skills, through my educational background and esports coaching. And that is not by just gaining "experience" over the years.
I mean really investing in courses, books, discussions, engaging with communities, and learning from the best, that kind of improvement.
I did all of that so that I can go from someone who gets inconsistent results - relies heavily on the personalities and talent of the players within the team, to someone who is able to produce consistent results with any team, no matter if there are different challenges inside the team.
Of course players' talent matters, but it's mostly how you as a coach unlock the potential of the players and make the teams work as a single unit.
I got much better in my coaching over the years.
But I also learned that a few things along the way that, if I had known them on day one, I probably would've become an expert a lot faster.
Today, I want to share one of them with you:
A coaching framework is worth 1,000 hours of practice
While I was abroad in Switzerland learning about coaching I met a good friend of mine, Michiel.
We talked about different approaches and were hanging at his lips on how he handled situations.
He explained the easiest solutions as if he invented fire(so easy and effective), but I knew it worked because it was simple.
Before that, I thought that solving solutions must be difficult and complex, but solutions are always simple. Just understanding how it works can be complex, but a good solution is always simple.
I then explain my approaches to him, and he starts grinning while I go further into my approach. I already knew what was up.
Instead of praising my excellent explanation of a complex solution, he says "yeah, I can see why you were having trouble with getting results. You have no structure or framework to work with."
What he taught me that day, and what great coaches have always known, is that the most important part of coaching well is keeping things simple.
- More important than the type of approach that you choose.
- More important than how good your analytical and complex thinking skills are.
- And yes, more important than the talent of your players, even.
... is how simple you can make it for your team.
A solution that is simple will outperform any complex approach, 10 times out of ten.
And it's actually not that hard to keep things simple. Knowing one framework for one particular problem keeps getting results for life in coaching.
If you do nothing else to improve your coaching, keep your solutions simple. It's a game-changer.
It took me a LONG time, and I made a lot of mistakes along the way
I took dozens of coaching courses, from national and international institutes.
I read every book and watched every YouTube video I could get my hands on.
I even hired professional coaches to discuss approaches with me.
And while I've learned an incredible amount, I've also come to understand something: it doesn't have to be that complicated.
Out of everything I've learned, only a few things - less than 10% - really matter when I work with teams
All of that training was a great way to satisfy my curiosity, and perhaps prepare me for a head coach career I'll never have... but as an esports coach who just wants to be more confident and consistent when working with teams?
It was too much.
The problem is that nobody offers to teach you those few key things, and only those few key things.
To really master getting your team on that same page, you either have to spend a ton of time working with a team, or a ton of money to go through all the things I've been through learning more than you need to and then try to pick out what's truly important.
Over the past few months, I've been working on distilling those key lessons into a course that's designed to teach you how to use a framework, a step-by-step process that gets any team on the same page with confidence...
- No matter your current skill level as a coach
- No matter what approaches you currently use
- No matter what kind of games you want to coach
And today, I want to share that course with you.
Esports Team Formula: Learn to Consistently Get Your Team on the Same Page is a 7 step framework that will help you overcome any difficulties of getting the team to align and perform better as a team, so you can:
- Tackle any challenge that you see on the horizon with confidence
- Actually getting the results that you envision when you look at the potential of the team's capabilities (or, often faster!)
- Impress your competition by generating consistent results with any team
The course is now available, and I invite you to enroll today.
This is what you will get through the Esports Team Formula
The 7 step Esports Team Formula
Everything you that you will be able to achieve at the end of this course
The 7 step framework
The framework of the Esports Team Formula is a proven method that will get you consistent results to get your team on the same page.
It is creating after years upon years of training, courses, and everything else under the sun you can think of when it comes to developing your coaching skills.
But the thing is, that of all what I've learned over the years, less than 10% was useful.
If I learned the key aspects of coaching at the beginning of me being a coach, I would've been an expert much faster.
In this framework there is no fluff, just straight to the point and explaining and demonstrating how you can effectively execute the exercises to take your team and coaching to the next level.
It is the ideal framework for any coach no matter how advanced (or not) you are at the moment
Step 1 Define purpose
Learn how to ignite everyone's motivation and find the true meaning of why they play the game and why they are in this team. Connect it to the team's spirit.
Step 2 Set a vision
Set a vision of status in the foreseeable future, something that excites the players and wants to take improving to the next level. A vision that stretches the team, while making it achievable.
Step 3 Setting goals, milestones, and targets
Learning everything about setting the perfect goals with your team for optimal development and keeping an overview of all processes. Keeping track of all things important, and also know what is not.
Step 4 Daily actions
Decide with your team what actions are important to the team and know how to implement them into the daily practices to keep the team in the same rhythm.
Step 5 Making a team promise
When things go south, there will be resilience and perseverance, and strong willpower through a strong promise that is shared by everyone.
Step 6 Embedding core values
Get aligned on the core values of the team in detail so you have a compass to make decisions effortlessly and set expectations of behavior within the team.
Step 7 Set coach behaviors
How to adapt your coach behaviors towards what the team needs, by being able to adjust your language, approaches, and activities that completely align with your team's soul, making sure all potential of the team and you as a coach is unlocked.