Student-athletes need to understand their assignments, know the techniques of the sport and to listen to - not just hear - instructions. The following guidelines will help student-athletes and student trainers become more effective communicators by improving their listening skills:
- In order to listen you have to stop talking.
- Listen actively. You can hear someone without really listening to them.
- Don’t get ahead of the person talking.
- Wait. Don’t jump to conclusions.
- Listen to them without turning their story into your story.
- Don’t finish other people’s sentences. Be patient and do not interrupt.
- Become a student of human behavior. Observe their nonverbal language.
- When appropriate, summarize to show you were actually listening.