Win More Games by Using Proper Communication

Generally, people believe that the team with better skills and performance will win. However, when you observe a match between high level teams, you may notice other key factors contribute to their success.  Among these is communication. When both teams have good skills, the team with better communication has an advantage.  A game is about grabbing an opportunity first, which is what communication allows.  Use it for success.


Tips to Communicate Effectively

1. Start the Communication:

Don't wait for the other person to start communication.  Take the initiative to start a conversation.  If you are too shy, you can use a default communication or message option. But the best thing to do is to communicate with your team directly.  Verbalize the importance of this at the start of the game with a simple phrase such as, “Let’s talk a lot this game and communicate the strategy.”  Just this initial phrase will open your team up to the possibility to more discussion.    

2. Use Simple Language:

There is no need to send complicated messages to each other. All you have to do is to send commands and communicate regarding your game. Use simple language that is easy to understand. No one has time to focus on something out of the box and decode the difficult message. Stop yourself from going into long monologues about unnecessary things and stick to your main point.  This is exactly what professional sports teams do, many times being able to distill the message into just one word.  Give specific commands and put a name on it when possible if giving direction.  In a match, try to be professional and keep your clutter to a minimum and only discuss match related things. Players use the term KISS, meaning Keep It Simple Stupid, so always stick to this rule.

3. Think Before Speaking:

When you convey information, assure it is quality information.  Don’t give advice or input for situations you aren’t directly involved in.  This is a way communication could be a negative or encourage more unnecessary information.  Another important thing is you must be able to know when you need to take the lead, and when you have to let others do so. You won't win a game, especially against a competitive team, without good teamwork. Being proactive is important as is empowering others to communicate.

Final Thoughts

If you truly want to win a game, you must use all available resources to your advantage. Instead of waiting for others to start communication, speak up.  Speak in a simple and easy-to-understand manner.  Be concise.  Put a name on a command.  Assure your information is good.  Be a leader when you can, and follow others directions.  Remember, communication is a free tool to improve your play.