By building your self-talk skills, you could increase your abilities in these areas.
Self-talk has the power to make a difference to each of these areas. It’s thought to contribute to:
(Adapted by Richard H Cox from Williams, Zinsser, et al (2010))
The purpose of the exercise is to identify: What actually is self-talk in climbing?
Go to the climbing wall or crag for a climb and answer these questions:
Next, speak to one or more other climbers, male or female, to find out their answers to the same questions.
Guidance for approaching others for this task:
Permission: Ask for permission to discuss their climbing with them – it can take 15 minutes to 30 minutes or longer – you can decide on how much time to spend. Explain that the results are anonymous, but we may discuss them generally on a forum. Please ensure that you don’t mention real names when discussing others’ contributions.
Explanation: Explain about self talk, you can use this definition:
Self talk is defined as ‘the overt or covert personal dialogue in which the athlete interprets feelings, perceptions & convictions and gives herself or himself instructions and reinforcements.’
Questioning: Ask open questions, which allow the person to expand their thoughts. Some examples here:
This is available as a download for you to take to the climbing centre with you:
Make notes in the comments box to summarise your conclusion and learning from this exercise. Then click next, where you’ll find out more about self-talk and how to use it most effectively.