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Frequently Asked Questions
I have heard of Noel’s successes with world’s elite but assumed he probably wouldn’t work with someone of a lower level like me. Does he work with people of average skill levels?
Absolutely! If you have a genuine desire to improve your performance and are willing to commit to the challenges we agree are required to achieve your goals, I am happy to assist you.
Can parents and/or partners sit in on consultations?
Yes, I welcome their involvement. It is important for them to understand the dynamics of what their son or daughter is experiencing and why. Frequently they will be part of the solution. However, it is the athlete’s choice as to who attends, especially as there may be times when the conversation has to be a private one on one with confidentiality respected.
Does Noel do on-site visits to training sessions or competitions?
Yes, I believe it is very important to see an athlete performing in the ‘real world’, to support you and to see how well you are applying your mental skills in live situations. I am also happy to assist you in your pre competition preparation, watch you compete and provide you with insightful feedback.
Is Noel comfortable liaising with my coach, fitness advisor or support team?
Yes. I often suggest to a client to invite members of their support team into specific consultations to ensure that everyone is on the same page. It is important to provide opportunities for them to ask specific questions about key situations. It also creates the dynamic where team members can call me for further advice and support. Over the years, I have found this to be very effective and successful.
Does Noel do phone, skype or facetime consultations?
Yes, he does these frequently with athletes from interstate and overseas, and especially when athletes are travelling and competing at events.
Is there parking readily available outside of Noel’s consulting rooms?
Yes, plenty available right out the front.
Does Noel work outside of standard business hours?
Yes. Appointments are available to suit client’s needs.
What do I need to bring along?
A smile, a willingness to learn and an open mind.
I have heard that Noel uses scientific tests to establish “where I am at” mentally and to track my progress to see if I am improving. Is this true?
Yes, I utilise a number of biofeedback devices (like portable EEG instruments) to track your brainwave patterns, emotional intensity levels and psycho motor devices to determine your decision making speed and accuracy capacities. These are supplemented by sport specific Mental Skills Inventories to establish your mental skill predispositions. With all of these you have the choice of having your results compared to my database of international results for the world’s elite sporting athletes. It is fun to see how you compare to elite performers in your sport, as well as tracking your own performance and progress.
Will I have “homework” to do between sessions?
“Homework” sounds like an onerous term, however I will teach you a range of new mental skills that are critical to your future development.
You will need to practice these so that you know they will stand you in good stead in key pressure situations.
In addition, to further build you confidence I will simulate key pressure situations where you will have to apply these skills and I will “test” your responses. This process of practicing, testing, receiving feedback and fine tuning builds trust and confidence in your ability to handle key challenges in real life.