What do I need to be successful?
Key Learnings
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Prepare for living in a new country by researching language, climate, living accommodations, social norms, etc.
Minimise culture shock by investing time to experience your new cultural surroundings and understand local customs.
Know how to present yourself in any situation in order to make positive impressions that help you stand out and build stronger professional relationships.
To give an effective presentation, there are three elements that you need to keep in mind: have a presentation plan, know your audience, and engage your audience.
Effective visual aids can help the audience remember your messages.
Visuals should be an aid to the presentation – not the focal point.
Improving your professional skills in different areas (attitude, behaviour and presentation) will strengthen your level of professionalism and make more positive impressions.
Professionalism takes effort, commitment, and application.
Left unresolved, personal conflict can seriously affect your performance on the field.
Once you know your own natural response and understand the style of the other person with whom you are in conflict, you can adjust your response in such a way that leads to resolution more quickly and effectively.

Types of communication

There are three different basic categories of communication.

  • Verbal: spoken words used to communicate a message. The effect of verbal communication is affected by pitch, volume, tone of voice and the speed and clarity of speech. From a professional perspective, verbal communication is a key component of negotiations, relationship- building and public speaking.
  • Non-verbal: body language, gestures, facial expressions, and posture. Non-verbal communication is a big part of making first impressions, which are very important in developing professional opportunities and relationships on and off-the-court.
  • Written: any written communication. New technologies, such as social media, have increased your opportunities to deliver written messages which can have a big impact on your image. The effectiveness of written communication depends on your writing style, vocabulary, grammar, and clarity of message.

Using these types of communication will have varying levels of impact on your audience. Believe it or not, but non-verbal communication has the biggest effect on the impact of your communication. Surprisingly, how you deliver your message has more weight than what you are actually saying. How your message is perceived depends on the following aspects:

  • Non-verbal communication             55%
  • Tone of your voice                            38%
  • Spoken words                                    7%