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Practice First

Every winning team starts with practice.
The Practice First podcast is about how to do better practice, so we can do better work.

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Athletes and musicians. Doctors and artists. Chefs and comedians. But practice is absent from the business world. We’re learning the secrets of world-class “practicers” and applying them to life in the office—so that our teams can grow, win, and do better work.

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Welcome to Practice First! We're talking to some extraordinary people—from Olympians and circus performers to sommeliers and chefs — as they teach us about practice, and how we might apply it to our daily lives at work and at home.

Rajeev is a professional tennis player and Olympic silver medalist. In this episode, he drops practice knowledge about his shift from singles to doubles and how he learned to practice and win with a partner by focusing on their strengths.

Learn from Sally how imagery and muscle-memory fuel practice, how preparation actually allows for spontaneity and creativity, and how to give and get feedback—from who, when, and how.

In this episode, Neal shares some practice gold. Listen to learn what he discovered about practice in the kitchen from an old-school technique called Tournée-ing and how important reinforcement, brevity, and encouragement are to practice.

Morgan is a professional freestyle mogul skier and Olympian. Her drive to continuously grow and improve her skills, despite countless injuries, inspired us—and we hope it inspires you, too.

Tamika is a practice legend. Listen to learn how to be a leader in practice, focus on the small things, and make refining your skills more than just a repetition game.

As the General Manager of the celebrated Croix Estate and Venge Vineyards, Jason has spent more than 20 years practicing and figuring out how to create and sell wine that people love. And he shares his secrets in this episode.

Kate Redmon spends her days flying through the air on a trapeze. Her job is high-pressure and demands high-performance, but with practice, fear fades and magic happens.

Have you ever met someone who re-learned how to hear with practice? We hadn't either until we talked with Matt Hay. His story and persistence inspire us, and we think they'll do the same for you.

Why Practice First?

We nearly called this podcast Learners First. Over here at Lessonly, we’re in the business of learning. We’ve helped over 1,000 teams build world-class learning programs. But what we’ve realized is that truly great teams, the ones that continuously improve quarter after quarter don’t just learn—they practice. They hone their skills day after day and keep trying to get better.

Think about some of the people who inspire you. Athletes and musicians. Doctors and artists. Chefs and comedians. They didn’t magically become savants. They spent hours, days, years, and careers mastering their craft. They put in the reps and get results. But this idea of practice isn’t one we’ve taken to heart in the business world. And we want to change that.

We want you to become the Jordans, Yo-Yo Mas, and Picassos of your workplace, so we’ve created Practice First. We’re learning the secrets of world-class “practicers” and applying them to work—so that our teams can grow, win, and do better work.

Here’s to the practicers,

Ben and Conner

We’re talkin’ about practice.
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Lessonly is online training software that enables frontline teams like customer service and sales to learn, practice, and perform. We’ve helped over 3 million learners and 1000 customers, from small businesses to Fortune 500 corporations, build winning training programs. We’d love to help you too.

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