Spring Training baseball is in full gear in Florida and Arizona. If you attend a game, notice the amount of communication that transpires on the field. You’ll find it quite interesting.
Going on throughout the game is constant non-verbal manager-to-player and player-to-player communication. When a team is on the defensive side of the ball, non-verbal communication happens in these ways:
- Manager to catcher – conveys a specific pitch to throw at a batter, which the catcher then relays to the pitcher, all without saying a word.
- Pitcher to catcher – acknowledges the kind of pitch the catcher just indicated.
- Coach to players – tells where to be positioned on the field when a batter is at bat.
- Catcher to players – indicates what defensive play to run in case of a bunt situation.
- Player to player – reveals a myriad of situations ranging from a finger motioning the number of outs in the inning to acknowledging a great play with a hand or head gesture.
When a team is on the offensive side of the ball, you can expect just as much non-verbal communication going on with each pitch. Non-verbal is good because everyone knows what’s going on. It’s productivity at its finest-beautiful!
How is the non-verbal communication in your organization?
This week, find at least one new non-verbal communication opportunity that will help your organization become more productive. Then repeat each week.
Communication in business is critical to success, and we tend to favor verbal communication. However, wouldn’t it be fantastic to have a set of non-verbal signals that everyone understood? With it, you’d be able to eliminate a series of time-consuming and redundant conversations. Try it!