Hey there, future daredevils! Welcome to The International Stunt Academy's blog on better comms. We can help you learn to how to dazzle crowds with your high-flying feats. But even the most impressive stunts won't get you far if you can't communicate effectively. That's where this guide comes in. We'll provide you with some handy tips, examples, and lines to help you express yourself clearly, quickly, and confidently, and explain why this is an essential skill...
Ineffective communication can lead to various negative consequences, both personally and professionally. Here are some reasons why ineffective communication is bad:
Now lets look at some simple examples and key phrases we can use to change our negative communication habits for the better.
Be clear and concise When you're flying through the air, there's no time for long-winded explanations. Keep your message short and sweet, so everyone understands exactly what you mean.
❌ Wrong: "I was thinking that it might be better if I tried to do the double backflip today since I feel more confident and I've practiced it a lot."
✅ Right: "I'm ready to do the double backflip today."
Handy line: "In a nutshell, [main point]."
Be polite but assertive Politeness is important, but don't let it overshadow your message. Be assertive and make your point without being aggressive or confrontational.
❌ Wrong: "I don't want to bother you, but I noticed you didn't secure my harness properly, and I'm concerned about my safety."
✅ Right: "Please double-check my harness for safety. Thank you."
Handy line: "I appreciate your input, but I believe [your opinion]."
Listen and acknowledge Good communication isn't just about talking; it's about listening, too. Show that you value the other person's opinion by listening and acknowledging their point of view.
Stunt Coordinator: "We need to change the sequence to accommodate the new pyrotechnics." You: "I understand the need for the change. Let's discuss how to adjust the sequence safely."
Handy line: "I hear what you're saying. Let's [proposed action]."
Use "I" statements To avoid sounding accusatory or confrontational, use "I" statements to express your feelings and thoughts.
❌ Wrong: "You never listen to my ideas!"
✅ Right: "I feel like my ideas aren't being heard."
Handy line: "I feel [emotion] when [situation]."
Stand your ground In challenging situations, it's crucial to stand your ground and not be intimidated by more confident or experienced people.
Veteran Stunt Performer: "Trust me, kid, you don't need a safety line for this stunt."
You: "I appreciate your experience, but I prefer to use a safety line for my own comfort and safety."
Handy line: "Thank you for your advice, but I'll stick with my approach for now."
Now that you've got these tips and examples under your (safety) belt, you're ready to soar through your time at The International Stunt Academy with effective communication skills. Practice using these techniques, and soon you'll be as confident in your conversations as you are in your stunts. Happy flying, and remember: clear communication is the key to a happy life, a great career and successful stunt!
Here are some popular books and resources on effective communication that you can explore for further reading:
These books, courses, and talks offer valuable insights and practical advice on improving your communication skills in various aspects of life. By exploring these resources, you'll be well on your way to becoming an even more effective communicator.
This blog os co-authored by The ISA Team