Practice Perfect. 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better

  • ID: 4226262
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  • 288 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Practice Perfect

"To practice is to declare, I can be better. There are many full–stop moments in Practice Perfect ideas so interesting that you can′t help but pause for a second and consider them."
FROM THE FOREWORD BY DAN HEATH, coauthor of Made to Stick and Switch

We love competition, the big win, the ticking seconds of the clock as the game comes down to the wire. We watch games and cheer, but if we really wanted to see greatness we′d spend our time watching, obsessing on, and maybe even cheering the practice sessions instead. Practice Perfect puts the art of practice front and center. It shows that anyone, in any field, can come to appreciate that practice, not games, makes champions.

In Practice Perfect, the authors engage the dream of better. Filled with illustrative examples from top–level athletes, established teachers, seasoned lawyers, and even long–time surgeons, the authors show how deliberately engineered and designed practice can revolutionize our most important activities.

The "how–to" rules outlined in Practice Perfect can make us better in virtually every performance of life. The ideas are often counterintuitive, such as: don′t concentrate on your weakness, practice what you are good at. To get you started on your path to "better" the authors have included a number of specific activities that will jump–start your way to practicing perfect.

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Foreword byDan Heath xi

Preface: Why Practice? Why Now? xv

Introduction: The Power of Practice 1

RETHINKING PRACTICE 21

Rule 1 Encode Success 25

Rule 2 Practice the 20 29

Rule 3 Let the Mind Follow the Body 32

Rule 4 Unlock Creativity . . . with Repetition 36

Rule 5 Replace Your Purpose (with an Objective) 40

Rule 6 Practice Bright Spots 44

Rule 7 Differentiate Drill from Scrimmage 48

Rule 8 Correct Instead of Critique 52

HOW TO PRACTICE 55

Rule 9 Analyze the Game 58

Rule 10 Isolate the Skill 62

Rule 11 Name It 66

Rule 12 Integrate the Skills 68

Rule 13 Make a Plan 72

Rule 14 Make Each Minute Matter 76

USING MODELING 83

Rule 15 Model and Describe 86

Rule 16 Call Your Shots 87

Rule 17 Make Models Believable 92

Rule 18 Try Supermodeling 95

Rule 19 Insist They Walk This Way 96

Rule 20 Model Skinny Parts 99

Rule 21 Model the Path 101

Rule 22 Get Ready for Your Close–up 104

FEEDBACK 107

Rule 23 Practice Using Feedback (Not Just Getting It) 109

Rule 24 Apply First, Then Reflect 114

Rule 25 Shorten the Feedback Loop 117

Rule 26 Use the Power of Positive 121

Rule 27 Limit Yourself 126

Rule 28 Make It an Everyday Thing 128

Rule 29 Describe the Solution (Not the Problem) 130

Rule 30 Lock It In 133

CULTURE OF PRACTICE 139

Rule 31 Normalize Error 143

Rule 32 Break Down the Barriers to Practice 148

Rule 33 Make It Fun to Practice 154

Rule 34 Everybody Does It 159

Rule 35 Leverage Peer–to–Peer Accountability 162

Rule 36 Hire for Practice 165

Rule 37 Praise the Work 169

POST–PRACTICE: MAKING NEW SKILLS STICK 173

Rule 38 Look for the Right Things 176

Rule 39 Coach During the Game (Don t Teach) 180

Rule 40 Keep Talking 183

Rule 41 Walk the Line (Between Support and Demand) 185

Rule 42 Measure Success 188

CONCLUSION: THE MONDAY MORNING TEST 193

Appendix A: Teaching Techniques from

Teach Like a Champion 205

Appendix B: Sample Practice Activities 229

Notes 241

Acknowledgments 245

About the Authors 249

Summary of Rules 251

Index 255

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