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Want A Game Changer? Try Effective Communication.

Want a Game Changer?

Try Effective Communication!

Communication is an essential component in every person’s life, especially at work.  It surrounds, facilitates and permeates everything we do.  It even makes the difference between winning and losing a game.

Perhaps one of the most famous basketball players of all time and a natural-born leader, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar learned the power of communication skills by working with coaches and players. He learned that creating the best communication climate requires transparency and respect for the free exchange of open, honest communication.  Abdul-Jabbar said,

“Mutual respect always makes people more amenable to criticism or correction.  The idea of shared appreciation smoothes out those interactions between people on different levels.”

Consider what could be done in the workplace if everyone used proper communication skills. Like shooting the ball into the basket regularly, communication means the difference between success and failure in business and in life.

Effective communication skills include setting a climate of open communication. These skills mean the following:

F0B7        Design clear, concise messages. This means using simple effective language, logically organized concepts and using communication directly aimed at the receiver’s interests. That’s aiming for the basket every time.

F0B7        Manage nonverbal behaviors effectively. This includes voice level, intonation, facial expressions, gestures and even posture. Remember, as a team leader, the team is always looking for those cues. Understanding the nonverbal communication you regularly use gives your team part of what they need to understand what you want them to do.

F0B7        Listen to communicate.  Communication failure is usually attributed to poor listening habits (the silent part of communication).  When the team is in the locker room, it is important that the coach has the ability to reflect on the game, probe issues of concern, support positive momentum and advise the team on the next play, the next half, the next game.