When delivering the message – timing, execution and presentation are critical. Also, you need to clearly identify what style of learner your audience is.
Are they a visual, verbal or text responsive?
If you are receiving the message, knowing how to define it or interpret it is crucial.
Is it positive, negative, helpful or meaningless?
As a coach or a player the message can easily get lost. Why?
The way the message is delivered, the way the person responds to the message, message was unclear, the message was clear , but for a different type of learner.
Delivery of the message:
It has to be clear and come across in a supportive way, its OK to critique someone, but follow it with a clear explanation and re-enforcement that you believe in the persons abilities. Ensure to instil a self belief in the person which in turn will give them confidence to be the best they can be. Something to consider, how you communicate determines how a person responds to you.
How many times have you been given advice by more than one person and the messages aren’t the same.
How do you know which way to go? Who is right or wrong?.
In some sports , players for example have more than one coach. In Basketball players could have many coaches:
- domestic coach 2. representative coach 3. Individual coach 4. school coach 5.parents(they just don’t realise it sometimes) and there could potentially be more…….
Imagine how many different and mixed messages the one player must be receiving. Everyone in this situation has to be accountable, and understanding of the person receiving the multiple messages.
Example: The coach
When a coach is teaching and guiding a player, they need to consider what else they maybe being taught elsewhere. They have to keep into consideration that all coaches don’t teach the same philosophy. The coach needs to identify what is best for that individual and ensure that they don’t confuse the individual.
Parents love their children unconditionally,would do anything for their child and will be their number one guidance in life. However, when it comes to sport, parents sometimes confuse their role, they should be a supportive, encouraging parent on the sidelines NOT THE COACH or if they are the actual coach, then they can’t be the parent.
When a player is under the guidance of more than one coach the messages they receive will vary. Some will be similar, some will be totally opposite and some will even be meaningless to them.
The idea for the player is to collect all the messages and break it down to what works for them. The messages aren’t necessarily right or wrong, its what works best for you as the individual and for you within the team structure.