Breaking Down the Perfect Pep Talk

By Scott Eblin

May 31, 2012

It’s NBA playoff time and, as I write this, the San Antonio Spurs haven’t lost a game since April 11. That streak was almost broken a few nights ago when the Spurs were down big to the Oklahoma City Thunder in game one of the Western Conference championship series. The Spurs turned it around, though, and went on to win after NBA Coach of the Year Gregg Popovich unleashed one of the greatest pep talks I’ve heard in a long time.

The punch line of the talk, “I want some nasty!” is now emblazoned on T-shirts throughout San Antonio. Popovich has won four NBA championships with the Spurs over the years and when you watch the pep talk you can see why. It’s a 27 second model of how to coach and motivate a team.

 

Popovich’s pep talk contains only 45 words. It’s like a pep talk haiku.

Let’s break it down line by line to see what leaders can learn from Coach Pop about motivating their teams. (Popovich’s words are bolded.)

 

Forty five words in 27 seconds. Like I said, a pep talk role model for leaders who need to motivate their team to win.

What’s your take on the Popovich pep talk?


By Scott Eblin

May 31, 2012

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