The Importance of Effective Communication in Sports

The Importance of Effective Communication in Sports

EP 54 Episode Cover Jamie Forrester, Paul McGee, Mark Bennett

An important element of mental toughness which is often not thought about is our ability to communicate effectively, both on a 1-2-1 basis and in groups.  In some individual sports, this skill is arguably not as important as it is team sports or in the workplace.  However, you will still be required to assert yourself with your coach or team on occasions so it shouldn’t be forgotten about.  In team settings it is an essential skill that can be developed and is critical if you are to fulfil your potential.  Today Jamie Forrester, Paul McGee and Mark Bennett highlight the need to have interpersonal confidence where different social situations that we find ourself in are explored.

Key Learning Points:

  • Asserting yourself with team-mates and coaches in professional football is vital.
  • If you are being criticised by someone consider this question – “Would I take criticism from someone I wouldn’t take advice from?”
  • As a coach, is the quality of your communication aligned to what individuals and the team are trying to achieve.
  • We expect people to reflect and learn from experiences but we don’t teach them how to.
  • Parents should consider what is success for themselves and for their children.

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To Listen to the Full Podcast Episodes

Podcast Ep041: Paul McGee – How to Develop Interpersonal Confidence

Podcast Ep042: Mark Bennett MBE – Characteristics of High Performance Athletes

Podcast Ep043: Jamie Forrester – Thriving in Professional Football 

Other Resources to Help You

5 Reasons team captains should work with a Sports Psychologist

Coaches – Are you and your team pulling together during tough times?

3 Tips to deal with bullying in sport

Communicating with children in sport

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Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

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