As a coach, I’m always looking for ideas and trying to get better. One thing that I’ve found useful is to go back and look at old handouts and notes from conferences that I have attended programs I have been given, etc. It seems like you never get to see every presentation that you want to (or need to) at conferences. Even if I do get to see a good one, I’m always trying to glance at the handouts, look at the slides, listen to the speaker, and somehow take notes. That’s why I look to look back at this info at some point later in time. I usually look at some of it in the days right after attending a conference but some of it waits until later. That’s the info that I like to pull out when I have a question that I want to answer. I might want to look for drill ideas, compare programs, or try to get better in an area that I want to improve in. That’s when I go to the presentation handouts. I know that some folks probably just toss most off this stuff out after a few years, but I view it as a valuable resource. I very much believe that you can’t just copy someones program or way of doing something and make it work just as well for yourself. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get some good bits of info from other people and add them to the knowledge that you already have. This is part of becoming a better coach. So, don’t just throw out those old notes – use them to get better!!!