It's not often I have a world leader on my podcast, but the latest episode of the Project Kazimierz podcast has the founder of the world's leading on line squash training site. I'm really proud of having this story on the show. It's also quite moving, at least to me.
People seem so baffled, doubtful when I tell them I have been learning squash on-line, from the website he founded Squashskills.com but it is really true. Salman Khan talked on the TED stage about how is relatives preferred the video to him teaching live for their math lessons - so why not Squash?
One of the nice things about a successful podcast is you can just approach people doing interesting things and talk to them. So I did.
"About Squashskills states
"We launched SquashSkills in July 2012 and have been amazed by how well the concept has been received. Over the last 3 years our team of coaches has grown significantly and we're delighted to say that the site is home to 9 former World Number 1's, all of whom are here to dispense their knowledge to our members in an effort to helping our members become the best players they can be. The new platform offers features and functionality that we could only dream of at the conception of this project. It offers players of all levels and abilities the opportunity to adopt start training more effectively under the guidance of the World's best players and coaches. We've been delighted by the support we've had over the last 3 years and feel we have a real part of a community of squash players who all love the game. We look forward to working with our members on improving the platform for many years to come."
I record the interviews in Skype and then export them to audio as you can see above. I am going to experiment with this on Youtube as well. This is to test how much traffic Youtube could generate.
What I learned from Jethro and Squash Skills.
He started his business with GBP6000 after an inheritance to get him going.
He is very self-aware. both of his mistakes and character. Gary Vaynerchuk says that's a vital skill.
He didn't make a big deal of what must have been a terrible experience, both physically and mentally. Listen to the podcast to find out more.
You can improve your sport skills on line.
Get clear understandings with your co-founders (I kind of knew this already) good to be reminded.
He is pretty chilled out - he was organising a music event for more than 2000 people the day after I talked to him.
I really am gunning for him. There is something moving and emotional about his story. Due to the dramatic event in Egypt - he will never be better than 84th in the world in Squash. but he can run the best squash training site in the world- and he is doing it.
He's a Dan Pink fan - recognises the importance of Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose Drive by Dan Pink
Good luck Jethro
- Jethro’s Twitter
- Jethro’s squash ranking
- More about Jethro Binns on his business webiste
- Just Jack Just Jack Music