What exactly is professional development?


Here are some of my thoughts on professional development:

First: I do not count time on the Internet reading training porn written by keyboard cowboys with no skin in the game, time on the Internet on sites like Ted, Seth Godin do count. They challenge you and make you think.

Second: Read books and research articles in and out of your field. Read authors that challenges your thinking. I try to read 100 books a year. I spend close to one thousand dollars on subscriptions to periodicals and scientific journals a year.

Third: Find a mentor not a guru someone who can be your bullshit filter and who will guide you and challenge you.

Fourth: Interact with other professionals, attend conferences, and take trips to observe other professionals you respect.

Fifth: Invite other professional to come and evaluate your work, they will see things you miss.

Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
Vern Gambetta


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