Sports fans often point to stats, awards and accolades, when talking about favorite athletes or teams. It’s a natural way to quantify success. Win a championship, earn an MVP award, rack up a ton of wins and it’s obvious you’re successful, right? Yes, and maybe not to the degree you think.
If fans had the opportunity to talk to athletes and coaches the same way I do as a broadcaster and sideline reporter they’d realize the same thing:
Stats quantify productivity. Communication skills make the biggest impact.
I’ve lost track of the number of times the Seahawks have made comments in recent weeks about the importance of and the need for good communication but here are a few examples:
Last week Bobby Wagner noted it was important for the young guys to ask question because, “Asking a question starts a conversation that gets the answers you need.”
When Bradley McDougald praised the growth of rookie Tre Flowers this week one of the first things he commented on was how much Flowers communication had improved.
Last week I asked several players about what happened on big plays that shouldn’t have happened and not a single one said, “We didn’t have the talent to get it done.” You know what they said instead? “We need to communicate better.”
If stats, or numbers (sales numbers, number of clients, years in the business, years of education, salary, etc..) is the only way you measure of success, you’re not as successful as you think you are.
Communication skills always play a role in success.
The ability to communicate effectively with colleagues increases your productivity, improves your chances of overcoming obstacles and sets up future success.When you don’t communicate effectively things break down. Plays break down on the football field. Trust breaks down in your office. Success won’t happen at the rate you think it should on paper. Click To Tweet
You – just like the athletes – have trained yourself to have the skills and talent you need to get the job done. Make sure you also empower yourself with communication skills that allow you make a big impact.
I’ve got couple ways for you to do that. First, take a look at my Becoming an Influential Conversationalist mentorship program and see if the 5-week program is a fit for you and register for the January session.
Secondly, if the conversation strategies mentioned in the program would benefit your entire staff, send me an email Jen@TalkSportytoMe.comto set up a private training just for your team.
Jen Mueller is the sideline radio reporter for the Seattle Seahawks. She’s also a badass at business communication and a business owner, which is why she often hears what players say in the context of business conversations. As the founder of Talk Sporty to Me, Jen works with business professionals to help them improve face-to-face communication skills and teaches them how to leverage sports conversations in business. You won’t mean a business communication badass quite like Jen. Hire her to speak at your next conference or training: Jen@TalkSportytoMe.com