How to successfully communicate with athletes

Part of being a great coach, mentor or teacher is knowing how to effectively communicate with your team or athlete.

It may sometimes mean adjusting communication styles when speaking with the team to make sure the message has hit home – or reviewing what has been learnt after practice or a game.

In this sports education based infographic the BelievePerform team discuss how to successfully communicate with athletes.

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  • Encourage the players to discover their own answers.
  • Try and reward a question rather than giving the answer.
  • Silence is a powerful tool. Use it to elicit thoughtful responses.
  • Listen attentively.
  • Ask open ended questions.
  • Maintain good eye contact.
  • Praise the process.
  • Allow players to vent their emotions.
  • Highlight lessons learnt.
  • Review what was learnt.
  • Show interest when athletes respond.

Support athletes

  • Be aware of body language.
  • Send clear messages.
  • Try and ask questions that begin with what, how and why.

Encourage athletes

  • Ask relevant questions.
  • Apply question and answer technique
  • Think about how you want messages to be interpreted.
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