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Daniel Coyle: The Talent Code in Stevens Point, WI

"Reach, stare and connect" were the three keys New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle emphasized to discovering talent in oneself and in others as he spoke with nearly 400 local educators, parents, community members and UW-Stevens Point students Tuesday, April 29 at the Sentry Theater in Stevens Point. The event was the third of the three-part Point in Common community speaker series. [Photo Gallery:]

Coyle, author of "The Talent Code" and "The Little Book of Talent," challenged the Stevens Point community to seek ways to reach out and struggle when learning and to use these three habits:

1. Maximize Reachfulness (Reach)
Celebrate struggle and repetition
Use brief, intense game-like sessions
Be willing to be stupid
2. Fill the Windshield (Stare)
Avoid being Tiger Parents; Start being Johnny Appleseed
Seek mentors, models and age-mixing
Encourage stealing
Take future fieldtrips
3. Communicate like a Master Coach (Connect)
First, Connect
Praise for effort, not ability
Use the magical six words: I love to watch you play

As part of his research, Coyle spent two years visiting the world's greatest talent hotbeds in sports, art, business, and music — tiny but powerful places that consistently produce huge numbers of extraordinary performers.

Prior to Coyle's presentation, local talent was showcased on the Sentry Theater stage, including Natalie Van Tiem (cello), St. Peter Middle School Destination Imagination (Daniel Mitch, Laura Mitch, MacKenzie Schlagenhaft, Noah LaMaide, Chris Jensen, and Tim Shulfer), Kali Schierl and Nick Buck (weightlifting) and Kolten and Kaide Pope (martial arts) as well as students from the Aber Suzuki Institute.

Point in Common is a community speaker series for parents, teachers, business people and anyone who wants to have a positive influence on students. The intent is to learn from some of the brightest, most innovative educators in the nation and share ideas to raise awareness and engage more people in ways to improve education. Point in Common is sponsored by the Stevens Point Area Public School District, Stevens Point Area Catholic Schools, UW-Stevens Point, Mid-State Technical College Foundation, Sentry Insurance, Okray Family Farms, Phi Delta Kappa and the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin. More information, visit​

THE TALENT CODE by Daniel Coyle | Core Message

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Growing A Talent Hotbed: Dan Coyle at TEDxSitka

Dan Coyle is a contributing editor for Outside magazine and the author of three books, including the New York Times bestseller "Lance Armstrong's War." He has written for Sports Illustrated, the New York Times Magazine and Play, and is a two-time National Magazine Award finalist. Dan's most recent book is called "The Talent Code," exploring the reasons behind talent and how to cultivate it. His talk focuses on this work.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

How To Create Talent - The Talent Code by Dan Coyle