Mark Bennett MBE – International Coach Developer and founder of the PDS system

August 17, 2020

Replication of success, athlete centred coaching, performing under pressure and the development of the Performance Development System (PDS) were some of the many topics covered in this purposeful, passionate, and high paced discussion.

It was also a real insight into Mark Bennett the person as well as the coach developer and hearing how his earlier experiences have influenced and formed the development of the Performance Development System – his passion! A fascinating listen, with how to tips and through provoking ideas for parents, teachers, coaches and leaders!

Here is a brief background to Mark…

Mark Bennett MBE is the creator of Performance Development Systems (PDS) & has spent 3 decades identifying the ‘intangibles’ that influence behaviours, performance, engagement, learning & change to develop real world strategies that impact & embed the performance of teams & organisations which go beyond the common surface level concepts and theories.

He currently works as a consultant, coach trainer and mentor with various professional and National sport organizations, teams, Universities & corporate companies around the world, as well as schools & community sports to help transform the leadership capabilities of every coach and teacher that he comes in contact with. Put simply, Mark makes people better “influencers”.

Over the last 30 years Mark has worked with over 30 sports at all levels & age groups. This includes grass roots, professional & International teams, national sports organisations & Olympic coaches.

Mark can be reached through his website where he shares plenty of free resources & explains all his services.

Marks twitter is @PDScoach 


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Success Quote or sayings:

  • Ask the question – what is it that is making them think that way.
  • First seek to understand then be understood
  • Sweet spot – balance between research/academic rigour and application: Give it a context!
  • Is it transferable when the pressure changes/increases – if so its embedded.
  • Who wants change – everyone. Who wants to change not me!


Quick fire questions:

The books that you would recommend.

·       The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People: Revised and Updated by Stephen R. Covey

·       Man’s Search for Ultimate Meaning by Viktor E Frankl


Technology I use often

Chest Cameras for video and feedback


How do I prepare to be the best version of myself…

Find ways to understand yourself – is who you think you are who you are.


In one sentence – What advice would you give to your teenage version of yourself?

Understand that everyone is different, do not become impatient and appreciate that not everyone will agree with you. It is ok if they don’t get me and it!


Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?

Jose Mourinho


Coaching questions I would like to pose:


How often do you say you will do something and then not do it – How do you become more accountable to yourself and your actions to embed your desired behaviours


It is important to appreciate and reward yourself appropriately – so, What have you done recently that you need to celebrate and give yourself a pat on the back for …that you have failed to do so.


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