Hey Again Insiders!
Our friend over at The Youth Cartel, Mark Oestreicher, recently did a Q&A with Preston Pohl, Season 5 contestant and current coach on NBC’s popular singing competition The Voice, and it’s pretty awesome so we thought we would share it with all of you! The Q&A starts to the right of the photos of Mark and Preston. Enjoy!
Mark Oestreicher (Marko)
“Coaching has clearly broken out of the world of sports in the last decade. It has become common in the worlds of business and pretty much every other endeavor. A number of years ago, I received one of those gifts I didn’t know I wanted or needed: my boss at Zondervan (when I worked for Youth Specialties, and we were owned by Zondervan) paid a hefty sum to have all of her “execs” receive executive coaching. Mine took the form of a year-long process with Dr. John Townsend, the guy who wrote Boundaries (and a bunch of other books). That extremely valuable experience became the foundation for the Youth Ministry Coaching Program offered by The Youth Cartel these days. We’ve had 140 youth workers go through this immersive, whole-life coaching program; and we’ll have 50 – 60 involved in cohorts of 10 during 2014. Honestly, I’ve never been a part of something that produces so much fruit: spiritual growth, growth as a leader, as well as important shaping of ministry thinking and practice.
I think my interest in and experience of coaching is part of why I’ve enjoyed The Voice over other singing competitions on TV. And when I heard that one of the contestants on this past year’s season of The Voice is a Christian who was formerly in a band you may have heard of, I thought it would be fun to interview him about his experience of being coached on The Voice. So, meet Preston Pohl (Google him if you want to recognize him!).
MO: Preston, start by telling us why you decided to audition for The Voice over the other shows you could have chosen.
PP: What is so great about The Voice is that it really is about the voice. They don’t put weak singers on TV like other shows do. You have to actually bring something to the table in order to get a chair to turn; then, unlike any other show, you get one-on-one time with a coach and that’s something special.
MO: When we’re watching the show, we only get a tiny glimpse into the interaction between the contestants and their coaches. Can you tell us more about what that experience was like?
PP: On TV they only show about a five-minute clip of the time we got with our coaches, but I usually got about an hour with Adam Levine to go over my song. We just bounced ideas back and forth until we both felt great about it.
MO: You were already a great singer before auditioning for The Voice. I’m sure you could coach other up-and-coming singers. So what did you gain from the coaching you received?
PP: Adam just really showed me how to use my tone more, and hold out notes a little longer, and that’s something I’d never done before, but is something that I will now always use.
MO: I’m sure being in a Christian band meant you bumped into plenty of youth workers and got to know our tribe, to one degree or another. How would you imagine that youth workers would benefit from coaching?
PP: Times are always changing, so teens are always changing. I think youth workers could always use some coaching on how to relate with teens of today and of tomorrow, how to grow as a person, and help in noticing their blind spots.
MO: Anything else you’d like to say to youth workers while you have their attention?
PP: Thank you for what you do, there are a lot of kids out there that need positivity in their lives, and you plant those seeds. Youth workers don’t usually get paid much (if they get paid at all!), so you do it out of the kindness of your heart and you save more lives than you know through Jesus. Thank you for that.”
Thanks for reading and be sure to check out NBC’s The Voice on Mondays & Tuesdays starting at 8/7c on February 24!
Amber / @youthministry