I’ve been the sideline radio reporter for the Seattle Seahawks for 11 years. I’ve conducted hundreds of interviews with countless numbers of players and time and time again communication gets brought up as a key factor in the game. No player will ever blame a loss on a lack of talent. They will, however, say they weren’t on the same page or note the how poor communication led to gaps in coverage. Conversely, ask what went right in a game (like the bounce-back win the Seahawks recorded Sunday in Arizona) and players will note improved communication.
Good communication leads to good results. It’s true for NFL players and it’s true for you.
It starts by being willing to talk to your teammates (colleagues) in the first place. These conversation starters can help you get the ball rolling.