Clear and concise communication helps foster healthy relationships: this should not come as a surprise. While watching the Tim Horton’s 2013 Brier (how Canadian is that?) on TV this past weekend, I was reminded how crucial communication can be.
For those of you who may not be familiar with this annual Canadian competition, I will fill in the blanks. Every February and March female and male curlers represent their provinces and territories vying for a national championship. Scotties Tournament of Hearts showcases the best female curlers we have to offer, while the men’s showdown is called the Brier.
Before continuing, you will need to click the link below to watch a brief clip.
Omitted from the clip is the discussion that precedes most curling shots. Teams communicate thoroughly as they consider their strategy and different options prior to throwing a stone (curling rock); planning not only their shot, but their opponents potential options as well. Similar to any other sport, team communication and strategic planning in curling leads to success. But that is not the point I want to make.
Aside from the jubilation after a perfectly executed shot, did you happen to notice all the yelling that took place from the time Jennifer Jones let go of the rock until it first made contact with another?
A lot. And loud!
How many times do you think she has thrown a stone with the same team? With the same two people sweeping in front of the stone as it makes it way down the sheet (ice)? With the same person marking a spot on the ice, approximately 44 metres (144 feet) away? Hundreds? Thousands? More?
With each shot, however rehearsed, comes the screams of communication between team members. For those of you who may have never watched curling, this is not exclusive to the ladies. All curling teams, male or female, in all different countries, yell.
The reality is that ours and other’s circumstances change constantly. It seems at times that the only constant in life is change! How do we insure that our objective is achieved, withstanding whatever change or challenge may arise? Communicate: constantly and consistently. No matter how many times you or your team has repeated the same task, proper communication is critical to the accurate completion of the task.
Maybe don’t yell it though.