How to talk so others will listen

As a mountain bike guide I spend a lot of time talking to people, whether that’s talking to people online to show that I am the right choice for them for their coaching or guiding needs, or once we’re on our bikes in the woods and I’m talking them through skills they want to develop.


Speaking isn’t as easy as we all think, especially not if we want to communicate effectively.  All too often communication break downs are blamed on the listener not paying attention.  As an outdoor professional we are trained to teach through different learning styles.  Whilst that is important, taking a step back and considering how we speak could be just as valuable.

This great TED lecture highlights some of the key elements we need so when we talk our audience will listen, or find it easier to listen.

And hey, who doesn’t want to feel they are being heard a little better?






Carbon-Monkey are a specialist MTB skills course provider who run mountainbike courses in North Wales, the Lake District, Peak District, Scotland and on Cannock Chase. We grew up riding the trails of Snowdonia and MTB all over North Wales. From Jumps and Drops courses to multi day MTB expeditions, at Carbon-Monkey we are ready to welcome you on a MTB skills course that will provide real improvement to your riding. MTB skills are our passion and Bikepacking adventure expeditions our escapism, when will you join us?

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