Dimensions of Communication


The ability to clearly communicate your message is the key to effective coaching. Unfortunately as coaches we too often rely on one dimension of communication – talking. A wise coach once told that you that have one mouth, two eyes and two ears for a reason. Watching and listening should occur in that ratio to talking. Don’t forget your persona, body language, energy level; they all go a long way toward determining your effectiveness as a communicator. When you do speak be aware of your tone of voice – sometimes it is not what you say it is how you say it that makes the difference. Last but not least remember if you don’t know what to say or don’t know what to do then don’t say or do anything. Sometimes in a stressful situation it is good enough and means more to the athlete for the coach to just be there.

Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
Vern Gambetta


Athletic Development Coach & Consultant. Founder of GAIN Network. Proud dad. Love to read everything.
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