There are two types of talent. Talent that shouts and talent that whispers. Talent that shouts is the the type of talent that is hard to miss… it’s the shiny object that everyone notices as unique and special. Talent that whispers is less obvious. It’s the undervalued talent that is hard to identify.
The problem is that we don’t all have equal access to the talent that shouts and only recruiting those players is not a sustainable strategy. When evaluating players, the real skill is in identifying players with growth potential and who fit the values of your organization.
I was given the opportunity to present to the Niagara Hockey Coaches Seminar on the topic of evaluating and recruiting talent. The video replay is available below.
Major topics covered include the following:
- Talent that whispers, talent that shouts
- System for evaluating players
- Value of a defenseman
- Identifying undervalued players
The term, “talent that whispers” comes from the book, Rare Find by George Anders.