Inefficient communication can lead to unpleasant experiences, which is why, in the following, we have prepared some tips to facilitate the communication process:
Limit the distractions and listen!
Listening is the key to effective communication, even if it is sometimes difficult. When the coach has a speech it is important that it is not interrupted, that all distracting factors are removed. Attention must be directed to the transmitter of the message to ensure that the message is received as accurately as possible. Do not forget! Communication is a two-way street, and the attitude you have when you send a message will influence the attitude of the person receiving the message.
Be willing to accept the mistakes you make and be willing to listen to feedback for better performance in the future!
Ask the right questions!
Much of the communication process is based on each team member receiving the right information to perform a particular task. The answer is often in the question we ask. Be precise when asking for information!
Meetings and discussions with the team!
Allow enough time for discussions! Set certain priorities in your important discussion agenda and don’t stray too far from it. Encourage questions from players and all staff members.
Combine communication methods!
Face-to-face communication is vital but sometimes certain information cannot be presented at the group level. Sometimes one-to-one communication is needed. Pay attention to athletes who need such interventions.
Use the feedback!
When communicating with athletes you can extract very important information, even in the most inopportune moments. Talking to them can be like a gold mine! Listen to what I say! The ability to listen and communicate effectively is vital if you want to achieve high performance.
Analyze how you communicate!
Both individually and as a team. Is the information you provide clear and accurate? Do you communicate in such a way that the information is understood by everyone? How do you see the problem from there? If there are blockages in the communication process and performance will suffer.