Communication In Sports and Team Building

I have grown up playing sports my whole life, whether it was basketball, baseball, or football. And I have to say that the games don’t get played without learning a thing or two.

As a kid, sports are good to play because they teach you  how to get out of your shell a little bit and step up to something new. Whether that is stepping up to home plate, shooting the last shot, or making the game winning touchdown, communications is always a factor. Think about it. In a game there is always a play call from a leader or a coach; how would the games be if you could not communicate? Would the frustrations be never-ending? Would you know what to do at any moment without asking or being told?

How would the games be if you could not communicate?
How would the games be if you could not communicate?

Communication influences how you learn. We as human beings examine things around us, and we want to make good impressions, am I right? Making a good impression would be stepping up in a baseball game and calling out the outfield shift from the dugout so that the batter can hear you. Making a good impression would be a coach setting up the winning play for a basketball game. Making a good impression would be calling for the pass in football game. These are all characteristics of leaders. These are skills you can use off the field for the rest of your life.

Leaders tend to make a good impression because they are good at group communication. If you are a leader on the field, how can you not be a leader in other areas of your life? It doesn’t happen. Leaders help build a team,  understand everybody on the team, and help everyone on the team understand each other. Team building is when a leader strikes out but then goes to the dugout to tell the next batters up that the curveball dips when it crosses home plate. That makes the team better because now everyone is aware.

Apply this concept in real life. If you work in the corporate world, are you not going to report what the competition is doing back to your company? Of course you are, because it would allow you and your company to get ready for whatever you might need to do to top the competition.

I want to share an example of when I was 16 years old playing high school baseball, and I didn’t know what the signs from the coach were. I completely missed the signs, and the play turned out horrible, ending in a double play. The next time I was at bat, when I didn’t get the sign, I just called for timeout. I figured if I just went over and talked to the coach, then things would be a lot smoother. And they were! He told me something I didn’t know, and I wouldn’t have know if I hadn’t asked.

We don’t have all the answers all the time, and asking questions is the best way to put ourselves out there and learn something new. Do you agree? If you don’t ask questions or communicate with those around you, then you may be overlooked or you may be overlooking something. When you do communicate well, it helps you get one step closer to building a team and developing the skills for the future, maybe even making the world’s ties that much stronger.

People working together to conquer an obstacle.

I am a 23 year-old young man now and communicating on a daily basis helps me become a leader in my own right. What are you curious about and want to communicate? Share your thoughts!

Proper Gestures and Soft Skills

Have you ever had to go somewhere important or had to meet someone for the first time and just felt anxious?

It happens to the best of us on a daily basis every single, solitary day. I know the feeling because I once had to bite my nails to assure myself or look away when I felt uncomfortable, missing out on sufficient eye contact to seize a situation. Even the president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, as prestigious as he may be, still makes mistakes. In the picture shown below, according to body language analyst Dr. Jack Brown, Obama’s hand gesture and facial expression meant he apparently confused the former Indian prime minister for someone else. Once he realized the mistake, he retracted his hand and tried to keep his composure but a bridge has already most likely been burned. Only thing to do here is just make smarter decisions and be more aware of your audience, because loosing our focus can happen to the best of us.

Barack Obama committing a wrongful gesture along side the Prime Minister of India, Monmohan Singh
Barack Obama committing a wrongful gesture alongside the former Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh.

Clearing yourself of minor infractions to the best of your abilities does wonders. Thanks to the important ideas I’ve learned from Professor Frank Marcello’s Corporate Communication class, I have progressed. They have helped me to gain a grasp on real concepts to use to your advantage in multiple scenarios. Bad habits to get rid of are things like getting distracted, faking a smile, not looking at the focus of attention, and not having good posture. In the words of Frank Marcello, it’s important to be aware. Being aware is probably one of the most crucial things you can do to look out for yourself and others. If you restrain yourself from doing these type of gestures, then you can focus on the ones you want to be immaculate at.

Gestures that make an impact are walking upright, shaking someone’s hand firmly and with absolute confidence, and looking someone in the eye when talking to them. These gestures leave a good impression and have always worked for me. They can be useful to anyone who keeps them in mind. Such body language helps show your interest for something and helps people evaluate your message.

Soft skills are similar to gestures and body language. Things like a positive attitude, listening to instructions, and giving credit where it’s due all help you get to where you need to be in the world. Soft skills help you grow in whatever you’re passionate about and help you identify opportunities. This ultimately can lead to your developing stronger communicating skills.

So be passionate about what you do and be aware. Are there any gestures, soft skills, or tricks that have helped you accomplish a task? Share your thoughts and communicate!

Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

I leave you with a quote from the famous English Cardinal Vincent Nichols that I strongly agree with when it come to body language.

“We’re losing social skills, the human interaction skills, how to read a person’s mood, to read their body language, how to be patient until the moment is right to make or press a point. Too much exclusive use of electronic information dehumanizes what is a very, very important part of community life and living together.”

Do you agree? Think about it.

#WhyCommunication Video Series

I’m excited to announce that along with the #WhyCommunication campaign on Twitter there are a number of videos that will be made to show how communication matters.

They will focus on the different aspects of communication, from business and rhetoric, to public discourse and relationships — everything that has to do with communicating effectively.

They will present insights from communication students, faculty, scholars, and anyone with a passion for effective communication.

They will be a fun way to share the world of infinite possibilities all around us that are made possible through some kind of vital communication.

Below is the first of the videos.  Enjoy and share your thoughts!

Also remember to follow Dominican University’s Department of Communication Arts and Sciences on Twitter for more on #WhyCommunication.

#WhyCommunication for Alfredo Herrera

For my first post, I really wanted to emphasize to the world that communications matters to me for a variety of reasons. I’ve always had a passion for the way things work and don’t work unless people communicate. As long as I live, I believe there will always be a message to say and a sender to say it. These messages are effective in decision-making that can potentially change the culture around us and evolve us human beings into something positive that can then go forth into the future.

This foreseeable future is, for starters, why I believe the newly incorporated #WhyCommunications campaign on Twitter is so important for me, Dominican University, and anyone who is intrigued by the thought of sharing their ideas. Theses ideas hopefully include what others feel communication can do for them.

For instance, I am both outgoing and tentative, and I have always liked the idea of getting a message across to someone as persuasively and informatively as humanly possibly. I believe you can work on getting your way and making a drastic impact in a positive way. It’s really a win-win scenario for everyone. The media, like what you see on TV, has given me an insight into what I want to do in the communication field, something inline with public relations work. I want to help those with good ideas, even myself, promote them to the world in the most humbling way to more positively change the masses.

Ideas are empowering, and communication goes on all over the world everyday, from the way we get our news and to the media covering who we look up to as role models. Doing this requires being brutally honest and to the point. When dealing with communication, you have to keep in mind that time is a valued principle to people, and if you’re wasting it, you’re not executing good communication. It is important to keep everyone down to earth when communicating and showing that things can work with rigor and focus in wanting to make change. Good communication doesn’t come overnight, and that is why I have taken a vow to study it over the course of my college career to get a better insight on how things around me work.

Since communications matters to me so much, I want to encourage everyone to respond to the question “What does communication mean to you?”

Communications is universal, and there are no wrong answers. Everyone has their different practices and communication styles, such as Jay Z and Warren Buffet.

jay z warren buffett

To answer that question I want to leave the post with two of my favorite quotes concerning communications

Wise men speak because they have something to say: Fools because they have to say something. – Plato

Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use the force constructively with words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble. – Yehuda Berg

Express your thoughts!

What Does Communication Mean To You?


Take a moment to digest the word thoroughly.


If the word is new to you, just know that on paper it is about the exchanging of information between parties. Knowing this, it’s possible that everyone has the same idea of what communication means to them; but it is also possible that people have different ideas because everyone is different.

From my experiences, I have molded my own tailored definition of communication as something everyone comes into contact with on a daily basis. Communication is a bridge between people, opportunities to share stories that are just waiting to be spun.

Communication can shape the reality around you. We are living in the 21st century, and we have to be aware of the fact that talking and asking questions is the best way to put ourselves on to something. If we don’t know how to express what we are passionate about, then communication isn’t successful.

Strong communication is what this blog is aiming towards; to opens gateways to ideas for people and students. With communication, possibilities are endless, and we can make our stamp on the globe.