The right height
The right height
How a proper use of height in relation to our players affects the message that get to them
We have been dealing with effective communication for a couple of months and my hope is that every coach is becoming increasingly aware of his communicative mode and, if necessarily, he is working on himself and on his approach to players.
In this article I want to emphasize how a proper use of the height of the body in relation to our player affects the messages that arrive to them.
- Keep an authoritative leadership
- Stress the relation of complementarity between me and my players
- Underline and show confidence in what I’m expressing
Reinforce through non verbal acts my disappointment at for example misbehaviors/broken rules etc.
- Keep a more democratic leadership
- Create sympathy
- Create emotional closeness
- Be in a condition of Authentic listening
Create a relation of greater symmetry for that specific moment.
If I don’t use properly this communicative element the risk is that I convey messages diametrically opposed to my intentions. For example, if in moments of difficulties instead of being on the same level of my player I stand upright while he is sitting depressed, he could read our non verbal as a lack of listening and understanding, hurry on our part, or expect a scolding.
Therefore, the more the communication takes place on the emotional/personal level the more there must be a closeness that can be expressed also in being at the same physical level of the athlete. Instead, when communication moves to a technical/strategic level or to the management of group dynamics (respect of the rules, of roles, expression of authority, etc.) the coach puts himself in a complementary relationship to express his “superiority” in terms of greater technical and relational skills and greater experience.