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How You Can Improve Your Performance with Nikola Milinkovic

One can learn tools for everyday life from effective athlete-coach communication and stress management.

In this episode of the Beauty of Conflict, CrisMarie welcomes Nikola Milinkovic, International Mental Performance Consultant and Director Of People and Performance at Latent Knowledge, to talk about effective communication between coaches and athletes, utilizing behavioral assessments to strengthen relationships and foster inclusive conversations. He highlights the importance of timing in communication, advocating for empathy, understanding, and thoughtful self-expression. Nikola promotes the use of breathing techniques and self-awareness exercises to manage stress and enhance performance, emphasizing the significance of recognizing and accepting one's stress responses. He encourages journaling as a means of self-reflection and self-acceptance, underlining the impact of self-talk on mental well-being. In this conversation, he also underscores the importance of embracing both the enjoyable and challenging aspects of one's inner self, offering breathing and self-acceptance as effective coping strategies for managing stress and promoting personal growth.

Listen to this episode to explore the intriguing blend of sports and psychology and learn valuable tips for managing stress and fostering strong coach-player relationships!

About Nikola Milinkovic

Nikola Milinkovic has extensive international applied experience in sport and performance psychology with youth, high school, and professional athletes, coaches, and teams.

He played junior tennis in Serbia, transitioned into high school tennis in the Netherlands, and afterwards, college tennis in the US. As a professional, he directed sport psychology programs in high-performance academies in Florida and Connecticut and is currently working within the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

In addition to having worked in sport, Nikola transferred his professional sport and performance psychology expertise into the United Nations and the startup industry, focusing on team performance, culture building, and leadership coaching.

Nikola appeared on national television in Serbia and is an international published author, speaker, and presenter. He earned his BA degree in Psychology and Theater Arts from Clark University and his EdM degree in Counseling and Sport Psychology from Boston University. He is certified to administer and apply DISC behavioral assessments and is a certified professional tennis coach.

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Key Take-Aways

  • The role of effective communication in fostering strong relationships between coaches and athletes.

  • How understanding individual communication preferences and utilizing behavioral assessments can optimize sports performance.

  • What are some effective self-awareness and stress management techniques to enhance overall well-being are.

  • What the impact of self-talk on mental well-being is, and how people can cultivate a positive and supportive internal dialogue.

  • What the significance of empathy, understanding, and thoughtful self-expression is when navigating challenging conversations and conflicts.


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CrisMarie Campbell and Susan Clarke

Coaches, Business Consultants, Speakers and Authors of The Beauty of Conflict

CrisMarie and Susan work with leaders and teams, couples in business, and professional women.

They help dysfunctional turnaround teams into high-performing, cohesive teams who trust each other, deal with differences directly, and have clarity and alignment on their business strategy, so they create great results.

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