You know that quiet kid, who sits in the back of the class, and doesn't talk very often? The one who seems really smart, and if you could just coax her out of her shell she'd be the star of the mock trial team?
Yeah, why did you think she was smart? Was it because she was so different from the rest of the showboating loudmouths in the class? Was it because she didn't toot her own horn? Was it because she always seemed to listen?
Because you know what? She wasn't the star of the team. Sure, she held her own, she did well in fact. But it was the loudmouth who took center stage. The loudmouth was the one who made you proud. Who surprised everyone with their stunning performance. Who saved things for your team.
Better to keep quiet and let them think you're an idiot than open your mouth and remove all doubt?
Not from this coach's perspective.
We could have gone all the way to the Great Wall of China