Guest Podcasts

Below are podcasts that I have been a guest on, discussing some of the PDS principles in more detail.

Plus a few podcasts of people who I have mentored sharing their journey & experiences.

I hope these discussions are useful. They will give you a taste of what I cover in all my training courses, online & live support, which can be delivered anywhere in the World. If you are interested in any of these services, please get in touch. To book onto any of the next planned courses click here 

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 Rugby Coach Weekly is hosted by Dan Cottrell as he looks at the lastest developments in rugby coaching in conversation with leading grassroots and professional coaches.

Mark Bennett MBE explains how he helps coaches to help players to think for themselves. He has very powerful methods to work across all levels of the game, to suit the player in front of you.

In this podcast, we explored these areas:

  • What is meant by a coachable player

  • How to make players think for themselves

  • What tools to use, with players and with coaches

  • The rule of three – how it is for you, not for them

  • How to work with mixed ability groups

  • Creating Ninjas in your coaching world

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The Sports Psych Show is hosted by Sport Psychologist, Dan Abrahams. Dan's  aims to demystify sport psychology for players, coaches and parents by speaking with some of the most influential people in sports performance today.

#65 Mark Bennett MBE - Getting the Very Best out of Yourself and Your Players.

I’m speaking with Mark Bennett MBE in this episode.  PDS was designed for coaches, managers and teachers to better understand themselves and learn how to influence and get the best out of the people around them. We speak in detail about PDS and look at examples of Mark implementing it in different sporting environments.

The Basketball Podcast: EP71 - In this episode, we discuss what athlete/person centred actually looks like

In this episode Mark debunks many of the interpretations of athlete/person centred way of coaching. He shares why you cant choose sides, why true athlete/person centred is far tougher on athletes & why traditional coaching is a vital part of the full spectrum.

BBALL Breakdown podcast. The Problem With Tom Izzo's Coaching Style

I was asked to come on BBALL Breakdown to talk about the Coach Izzo incident during a game. It is well worth watching the footage of the incident before listeing to the podcast. Here is a link to the incident –

After Coach Nick's tweet about Tom Izzo losing his cool on freshman Aaron Henry during the NCAA Tournament this year went viral, he produced a mini documentary on the incident and brought in a number of experts in the field to discuss. Mark Bennett was one of them -

Here is a series of 30 minutes podcasts recorded in 2019 with JP Nerbun on the Coaching Culture Podcast.

#73 Coaching Your Way Out of a Job with Mark Bennett

In today's episode, I am super excited to bring Mark Bennett to the Coaching Culture podcast, talking about coaching systems and how to effectively run them.

Mark begs a very important questions, "How aware are the coaches of what they're doing and what they're not?" and "What support mechanisms are in place to raise awareness to a coach of what they're doing and then support them in that change?"
- He suggests that coaches film themselves and go back and look through how they reacted to and coached up their athletes-
- The aim of a great coach should be to make themselves redundant
- Coaching vs. Instructing

As a coach, you are investing in the human being, not just "your athlete" because it is the human being that makes the decisions and has the confidence to commit to things.

#75 Performance is a Behaviour Not an Outcome with Mark Bennett

We’re bringing you Part 2 of our conversation with Mark Bennett on how performance is a behaviour, not an outcome.

The sequence to effective outcomes in behaviour first, then performance, then outcome.

As a team, it’s important to come up with non-negotiables.

What are the one of two things that if done well, would maximise your performance?

Ask your athletes to look into the past and notice what elements were in play during their performance excellence.
- Name the underpinning element
- Think and reflect on past experiences
- Define what they look like
- Choose the element that had the greatest impact
- Name it and work on that element as a team

Examples of Non-negotiables: ACE
- Attitude
- Communicate
- Effort

UAE- (Unacceptable, Acceptable, Exceptional)

When you start an interaction between a new group of players, first set the parameters down.

#76 The Rule of 3: A Tool to Drive Behavioural Change, with Mark Bennett

In our latest CoachingCulture episode, Nate and I are bringing you part 3 continuing our conversation with Mark Bennett on the Rule of 3.

Rule of 3

Rule 1: Self (Behaviour 1st, than technical and tactical)
- Am I managing my state? 
- Am I in excellence?

Rule 2: Player
- Reaching out to have a positive impact on that player. 
- Effective communication is only effective if it has the desired impact.

Rule 3: Coach
-Coach steps in because no 2 has stepped in to work with 1. Or they have stepped in but 1 still isn’t changing.

Teach your athletes how to give and receive feedback well. Set up a time to formally give permission to intervene.

The formal permission process allows your athletes the freedom to grow in that way.

My first ever guest podcast was on the Talent Equation with Stuart Armstrong. Stuart had been asking me to do one for a while, as we always had great discussions on many subjects, so we simply recorded one of those 'chats'. Then we did some more –

A conversation with my mentor - Mark Bennett MBE Performance Development Systems

In this discussion we cover: 
- How to decide whether you are on a journey of performance and self-improvement or on a journey of self-delusion
- How Mark tries to make himself redundant by ensuring that coaches and athletes make good behaviour choices whether he is there or not
- Using 'covert tests' to help you ensure that learning has taken place
- Why most coaches need to take 70% of the content out of their session plans
- How to ensure that athletes make a commitment to the goals that they establish for themselves

“Doing the best you can with what you have in the present”

In this episode we discuss how you define excellence with athletes and the process of reviewing to maximise influence with players. We get into a lot of detail on this one and get deep exploring this very important aspect of performance coaching. 

In the episode we cover...
- Maximising the impact of our time with players 
- How to make ourselves redundant by enabling the players to lead themselves 
- Using 'The rule of 3' to transition players to full ownership of their learning environment 
- Establishing unacceptable, acceptable and exceptional behaviours and actions as a guide for creating a performance culture 
- A framework to guide players self-review process

"Some coaches have made a living by creating great looking training that doesn't transfer to the match"

In this podcast we cover a LOT of ground reflecting on the challenges of adopting a truly athlete centred approach to coaching. Topics of discussion include: 
- Why most coaches look at the wrong things in training. 
- Why saying nothing is not athlete centred
- Why reflection doesn't work (very well most of the time)
- How to identify the areas to work on that are going to bring the biggest return on investment 
- How coaches are using questioning in a way that is no better than telling
- Using the 'Rule of 3' to develop a positive culture in sessions

"You can't just evaluate coaching effectiveness based on results"

Mark Bennett is back by popular demand!!

This is a bit of a bonus episode where Mark and I sat down for a cup of coffee and I decided to hit record to see where the conversation took us. We really got in deep as to how we as coaches can measure our effectiveness and also how someone developing a coach should look to guide their development. 

We are in a cafe so there is quite a bit of background noise but I think you will agree that it is worth persevering!!

This is a series of podcasts as a guest with John O’Sullivan from Changing the Game Project. Honoured to be the first returning guest on his show.

#31 Mark Bennett, Founder of Performance Development Systems, How Coaches Can Shape Behaviour, Influence Training Habits, and Build Accountable Teams

What can sport coaches learn from a former British Commando? A better way to deliver content, ensure learning has occurred, and empower players to own their learning process. In this episode, Mark explains how coaches can more effectively shape behaviours, which will lead to better learning outcomes.

#76 Mark Bennett Returns! The Founder of PDS Coaching on Using the Rule of 3 for Coaching Excellence and Ways to Make Your Athletes More Accountable

This is a first for WOC! Coaching Expert Mark Bennett returns to expound on his Rule of 3 and teach us how to develop independent, self-aware, and accountable athletes at all levels of the game. Queue this one up and listen on your way to work today!

#81 Lessons from Kris Van Der Haegen, Mark Upton, and Mark Bennett that have made me a Better Coach

Sports are as much a learning journey as for us as it is for the athletes we coach. We MUST be willing to learn from those around us and evolve for the sake of those we lead. In this episode, John shares the three greatest lessons he has learned over the last 80 shows.

#92 A Fireside Chat on the Future of Coaching with Mark Bennett, Stuart Armstrong, Juan Gonzales Mendia, and John O’Sullivan

Become a fly on the wall and listen in as the experts behind the Future Coaching Conference plan out the sessions, discuss what it means to be a great coach, differentiate between resilience, grit, and mental toughness, and much more. Stuart Armstrong hosts from his car while driving the M6, and John, Mark, and Juan join him for an informal yet meaningful chat.

The Rugby Coach's Corner Podcast # 51 - Impacting Coach & Athlete Behaviours to Maximise Performance

Mark believes in a practitioner-based approach to maximise real-world performance and PDS has worked with England Rugby, Bath Rugby, Warrington Wolves RL, NBA teams, the British Military, along with a host of schools, universities and businesses. He was honoured with a Member of the British Empire in 2006.

Just Kicking it Podcast #05 - In this episode, we discuss the principles and tools that create the bedrock of successful leadership

In this episode we quiz Mark about the differences between coach lead & athlete centred styles of coaching & seek advice from our own experiences & struggles attempting to make that transition

From the view point of a coach that has experienced PDS support - Here are some interviews with Alan Keane U18 Great Britain basketball head coach & school teacher who I have been mentoring for around 8 years. He shares his journey; his struggles, the impact of PDS, our relationship & how he uses the principles

Moving away from being a 'playstation coach' - A conversation with England U18 Basketball Coach - Alan Keane

Alan Keane coaches the England boys U18 basketball team. Alan Keane has been on a journey! I know it's a cliché but if ever the phrase was applicable it with Alan. 

In this remarkably honest and refreshingly candid conversation Alan shares his transformation from being a coach that only cared about results, tactics, techniques and compliance to becoming a coach that cares about the person, their learning, their development and their ownership of the process of development. 

Highlights from the discussion include: 

  • Alan's developmental journey and how he has a 'triangle of influences' that guide his learning. 

  • How he had to get more vulnerable than he thought possible to expand his horizons

  • How he called a time out and only said 3 words "talk to me"

  • How letting the players guide their timeouts led to transformational insights (from the quietest player on the team)

  • His experiences of taking what he had learned into his work environment as a teacher and the unbelievable results for the teachers and the pupils

There is so much in this podcast...I challenge you to take it all in in one sitting!!

#90 How a Coaching Mentor Can Change Your Life with Alan Keane, England u18 Basketball Head Coach

We often talk on this podcast about theory and research, but this week we are talking about application. We have mentioned many times about the importance of getting a coaching mentor or at least a group of coaches to bounce ideas off of, get advice from, and help us raise our game. What does that feel like? Is it hard? What are the obstacles? What happens when you don’t agree? What will your staff say when an outsider steps in?

This week, we talk about all of that, and more, with Alan Keane (@CoachKeane14), Great Britain and England U18 Head Men’s Basketball Coach. Alan has been involved with professional and international basketball for the past ten years, as both the England U16 and U18 Head Coach for the European Championships, as well as assistant coach for the Reading Rockets Senior team.  About 8 years ago, Alan had the privilege of being assigned multiple time Way of Champions guest Mark Bennett MBE (@PDSCoach) as a coaching mentor for a year, which turned into a long term working relationship. The journey was an incredible one for Alan, as he worked with Mark in both a basketball and a school setting; identifying the non-negotiables, implementing the Rule of 3, increasing self-awareness, effective scanning and helping him prepare a team for the European championships, including turning over an entire national team practice to Mark, who does not even coach basketball! It is an incredible story and one that will inspire you to find a way to get a mentor and practice your own coaching!

#98 Strategies to Develop Emotional Intelligence with Guest Alan Keane

Some golden reflective moments & deeper dive into coach & athlete behaviours, relationships, accountability, interdependence & self-development with Alan Keane talking to JP Nerbun.

Alan shares his mentoring journey with Mark Bennett & some interventions he uses to positively impact player/coach relationship & performance

In this episode International Basketball Coach Alan Keane shares with you some strategies to develop emotional intelligence within your players and yourself!

Modern Soccer Podcast - Mark Bennett and Ian Barker: Maximising Your Week As a Coach

Gary is joined by Ian Barker and Mark Bennett. Ian is no stranger to US listeners as Director of Coaching Education for United Soccer Coaches. Mark has trained, coached and mentored individuals at a number of levels, including English Golf, England Rugby, Great Britain Basketball, British Military Special Forces, Oklahoma Thunder in the NBA and many elite individuals.


They talk about maximizing your week as a coach and take an in-depth look at process of planning, culture, self-awareness, environments, and ways you can improve both yourself and your players -