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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (1 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848769660
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848769663
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For a number of years people asked me if they could buy my book and I had to reply that I didn't have one.

A few years ago I teamed up with Harriet Beveridge, an Executive Coach and Stand-Up Comic and we wrote "Will It Make The Boat Go Faster".

We loved writing it and it seems as though people are loving reading it. It tells the story of my journey to win an Olympic Gold Medal and how what we learnt can be used by everyone in everyday life.

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Harriet Beveridge is an Executive Coach and Stand-Up Comic. On graduating from Oxford, she became a Management Consultant with Ernst and Young. She went on to specialise in leadership development and is now a director of an international coaching company and runs helpfulhumour.com, the coaching resource which blends comedy and personal development. Ben Hunt-Davis spent 10 years chasing the Olympic dream. He came 6th in Barcelona and 8th in Atlanta. Since winning Gold at the Sydney Olympics Ben has run a successful corporate coaching company, helping FTSE 100 companies make their 'boats go faster'. Ben is now 2012 Programme Director for the British Olympic Association.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Vachell on 21 Jan. 2013
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I have read a very large number of books that help one to develop strategies and action plans to help one clarify and reach life and work goals. Many of them are extremely good. This book by Olympic rowing gold medal winner Ben Hunt-Davis and executive coach Harriet Beveridge is quite the best I have ever read.

Whether you are keen on sport or not, whether you have your sights set on becoming a chief exec or just an all round decent human being, the stories and ideas in this book will significantly help you on your road. Ben's stories of the effort, trials and sheer guts employed by the GB Men's Eight in reaching the top of the podium at the Sydney Olympics for the first time in nearly a century of British rowing are an emotional roller coaster that will inspire even the most exercise phobic amongst the audience. At each stage Harriet, then draws out the practical lessons that can be made use of by normal human beings to make a significant difference to their lives and the world they seek to touch. The book is so much more than a story or a recipe book for success. The messages in here will profoundly affect many who read it.

From a personal perspective, I have already made use of the inspiration and practical ideas to refocus my own goals, strategies and tactics - the proof of that pudding will be in the eating but I am grateful to Harriet and Ben for their contribution.

... and if you want a real "fix" of adrenaline and emotion that sums up this extraordinary book then check out the YouTube clip of the 8+ final at [...] and compare it with the last chapter of the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Martin on 12 Mar. 2014
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I bought this book because i was interested in reading more about this kind of thing. That is the psychology behind great victories and how our minds work. This book also had no 1* reviews so seemed promising. I will be reading this again to allow some of the ideas to sink in. There were two chapters that definitely were useful to me so i am hoping that with a second read i will be able to get much more from this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Donald on 28 Aug. 2012
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For the person with a general interest in motivational theory or interest in sports psychology then it is an interesting read.

It uses simple language and does not make an attempt to associate the experience of the Author to the technical aspects of psychology so it is a light hearted read but does not push the boundaries of the subject matter.

A personable and personal account of someone's life experience that no doubt people will be able to relate to and for some it might given them the starting point or motivation to make a change in their life.

The book has a simple messages and does not pretend to be anything that it is not.

Unpretentious but not necessarily innovative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claire Georghiades on 23 Sept. 2013
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I thought it was about time that I reviewed “Will It Make The Boat Go Faster?” I initially read it from cover to cover, referred to it endlessly, and I am now reading it again.

Have you ever had a crazy dream? Something that you want to achieve that seems tantalisingly out of reach? Nothing could be more extreme than spending four years aiming for a goal that could only be achieved on one day and in less than five and a half minutes.

But the Olympic 8+ rowing team did achieve their crazy dream. They were the first British 8+ rowing team to win an Olympic Gold Medal in Sydney in 2000. And this compelling book explains how they did it. It is a personable account of the highs and lows of their journey. But the magic of “Will It Make The Boat Go Faster?” is that it translates the far-fetched, other worldly aspirations of Olympians into take-away chapters for real life. After each gripping chapter describing Ben Hunt-Davis’s Olympic experience is a chapter summarising the lessons that can help you achieve your (perhaps) more humble dreams. In this way, the book covers topics such as goals, motivation, how to filter out unhelpful information, dealing with change and overcoming setbacks to name but a few.

I had no interest in rowing when I picked up this book, but I found the information about the rowing itself fascinating. I have recommended this book to rowing fans as well as people who are just looking for some inspiration to help them with business or with life.

As Lord Digby Jones, Former General of CBI and Minister of State for Trade and Investment is quoted as saying on the back cover,

“I challenge every Business woman & man in the country not to take something away from this big contribution to Business thinking.”
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SteveJT on 21 Feb. 2013
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There is a plethora of mediocre motivational business books out there, and I often question the credibility of the authors and their subject matter. Such books just stay on the shelf and don't get anywhere near my shopping basket. But every now and again, a book with real backbone and gravitas attracts my attention.

This inspirational book from Ben Hunt-Davies is derived from a career in pursuit of the ultimate achievement: an Olympic gold medal in one of the toughest and most competitive sports, rowing. If you know nothing about rowing, here is a description of a poster at the Harvard University boat club that sums up the sport for me: there is a photo of a men's eight in the middle of a race with the caption "The same refined European spirit of rivalry that gave us cricket, badminton and [referring to men in a boat] the medieval torture rack."

Ben's book is intelligently and authentically put together with Harriet Beverage; it tells a genuine story of the journey to Olympic gold, drawing on the positive and negative experiences to provide the reader with insights into the team's and Ben's personal approach to success. These insights have produced personal and team development techniques and are all written to enable the reader to implement these in practical steps. The chapters on belief systems, bull**** filters and making it happen are absolute gems - I've referred many junior executives to read these chapters when they are finding work tough going and need to refresh their motivation.

This book is a practical, no nonsense, honest and human approach to personal and team development. If you are looking for an academic piece, full of research papers and theory, then look elsewhere. If you want to know how to apply real-world techniques for real-world success, then this is no-brainer... don't leave it on the shelf with the mediocrity, add it to your basket.
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