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Will it Make the Boat Go Faster?: Olympic-winning Strategies for Everyday Success [Paperback]

Harriet Beveridge , Ben Hunt-Davis
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1 Jun 2011
Ben Hunt-Davis won Olympic Gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 as part of the Men's Rowing Eight. He and Executive Coach Harriet Beveridge have teamed up to show you how to use similar strategies to improve your own life. The pair have been road-testing these methods for 10 years, with clients from all walks of life; managers, leaders, call centre staff, sales reps, athletes and shop assistants; whatever your challenges, whatever your goals, there are ideas that will help everyone. Will It Make The Boat Go Faster? is divided into 11 chapters, each of which is split into 2 halves. Firstly, Ben provides a narrative, recounting an episode from the eight's journey to Gold, and shows the team using the methods in action. Then comes the analysis, explaining why and how the crew did what they did. Simple and chatty, the book is a warts-and-all authentic account of a journey to success that will show you how you can succeed in whatever you want to do. It is aimed at readers interested in personal development and managers wanting to achieve corporate goals. It will appeal to sports enthusiasts, practitioners and coaches who will find the Olympic story compelling and learn plenty of techniques for improving their own game strategies.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (1 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848769660
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848769663
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.5 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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About the Author

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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read 28 Aug 2012
By Donald
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Some useful advice 12 Mar 2014
By Martin
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read, yet so powerful 15 Feb 2014
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Excellent tool for stimulating mental power for achieving goals, be that in sport or business or homel life. Can thoroughly recommend it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars totally enjoyable 15 Jun 2011
By kat
Format:Paperback
this really is an enjoyable read! not only is this a story of dedication and sheer motivation - a totally inspiring account of how a team went on to win a UK gold medal at the olympics, but it is also extremely funny... i have enjoyed dipping into the insights offered at the end of each paragraph that give you practical and realistic tips - life skills and pointers that make you think - and offer you ways of applying some skills to your own life. An excellent read that once you start, is hard to put down. Loving it....
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By Rebecca
Format:Kindle Edition
Last night I finished reading ‘Will it make the boat go faster’.

I wish to compete in a bodybuilding/fitness competition but suffer a genetic skin condition which is a huge hindrance to my chances of success. The book was actually given to my boss from our CEO (I’m a PA) as a gift but seeing as he was on holiday I thought I’d take a read first! I’m so glad that I did. As I finished reading the last sentence I put it down thinking ‘my goodness what have I just uncovered?’ Not only do I now feel I have all the tools I will need to help me with my goal, I feel invincible in the face of obstacles; I know I can deal with them because of what I have learnt in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book could change your life! 28 Aug 2014
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This was recommended to me by a fellow rower as well as a speaker at a student physiotherapy conference and I recommend it to absolutely anyone and everyone no matter whether you're interested in sport or not. Although it appears to be based on sporting examples , it successfully transfers such amazing achievements to real life and lays out a clear strategy for anyone to not only achieve but discover their aspirations! It really gives you the sense that you can achieve anything you really want with the right method. It has truly inspired me as I begin my career as a physiotherapist. Thankyou so so much!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By fiona
Format:Paperback
This is an outstanding book both for business and life. I have read many, many leadership and personal development books over the last twenty years and this is by far the most engaging AND practical.

It covers goals, motivation, taking risks, change and importantly how to filter out unhelpfulness from others.The story of Ben winning his gold medal in Sydney is nothing short of miraculous and really gripping. I am not interested in sports but this had me hooked right until the end. I found I was implementing many of the tips in this book afetr only a couple of chapters and it was making a difference to me.

Excellent book and I will continue to dip in to it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth reading
Really useful , accessible and practical reading, with opportunities for follow up
Published 25 days ago by Christine S Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read to re-focus your sporting direction
Really good read, helped me re-focus my sporting goals. Only criticism is i wish it was more sport orientated and steered away from the business angle? Read more
Published 1 month ago by MR V I HOWARD
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational & practical
Really enjoyed this book and find myself quoting from it quite a bit. Love the fact that there are practical suggestions of how to put the strategies to work in everyday life.
Published 4 months ago by nirac
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book !
I loved the book from start to finish really gets you motivated to set out solid goals in work / life.
Published 4 months ago by Tony Lindfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Have used this on two teams and in 1-2-1 coaching. A damn good read, and food for thought. I challenge everyone to ask themselves in what they do : will it make the boat go... Read more
Published 5 months ago by blueskychris
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I loved this book from beginning to end. Its funny and very thought provoking too.
Some parts stop me dead in my tracks and I had to put the book down and act on what I'd... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. N. Dickinson
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Only half way though the book but I love it. Really enjoying the story of how to win an Olympic gold medal but more importantly I love the ideas and how to focus yourself for great... Read more
Published 5 months ago by jb007
5.0 out of 5 stars powerful and inspiring
Recommend to anyone looking for motivation, inspiration, or focus.
Taking an inspirational story and adding simple powerful techniques for use everyday.
Great book
Published 6 months ago by R Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Will this make YOUR boat go faster? Absolutely!
What a fabulous book. I bought it because people I know had been on a conference at which Ben was the key-note speaker, and the cryptic comments on various Facebook pages just had... Read more
Published 6 months ago by mogwai61
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