Communication is a Team Sport
I was watching the sports news and they showed a great play where the 3rd baseman made a running barehanded catch, threw it to the first baseman, who in turn made a great catch by stretching out and short hopping the ball in the dirt. And it occurred to me that’s a lot like communication. Not only does someone have to send a message, but someone has to receive a message.
Communication is a team sport. And as in any team sport not only do the individual team members have to work on their own skills, they have to work on those skills together. It’s one thing to be able to throw the ball or catch the ball. It is another thing to be able to do this in harmony and synchronization with the other players on the team. Sports is about teamwork. And Communication is the same. Communication is a Team Sport!
The challenge with communication is that it’s common for people to be out of synch and in disharmony. When you go into a store to buy something, the sales clerk is on the store’s team, which means they have a different goal than you, which could cause disharmony. When you go to the mechanic to get your car fixed, the mechanic is on the repair shop’s team, not your team, which could put you out of synch. When you call the insurance company to make a claim, the insurance agent is on the insurance company’s team, not your team. Hopefully, you get my point.
Anyone who’s ever played a team sport, had a child on a team, or coached a team knows that communication can be the “most valuable player” for the team’s success.
Whether it’s coordinating team practices, canceling the game because of inclement weather, or organizing snacks between the team moms, it takes a lot of effort to communicate all the messages that need to be relayed so that everyone stays informed.
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