The Importance of Effective Team Communication and How It Is Achieved

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The Importance Of Effective Team Communication and How It Is Achieved
Janette L. North-Kabore
University of Phoenix


Internal Communication - Getting Your Company's Brand Across to Your Employees. (2009, February 17). Retrieved from
Introduction To Teams. (n.d.). Retrieved February 17, 2009, from University of Phoenix Web site:


This paper explores the importance of team communication and the various avenues available for effective
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Often, taking time to acknowledge this fact pays dividends. For example, at a recent meeting I observed one team member seemed to be more agitated than normal and was not contributing his normal flow of task-related comments and suggestions. After a little while, someone asked him “What’s the matter?”
“Nothing” was the reply, “just that my daughter had a baby yesterday and I’m over the moon.” Laughter and congratulations erupted and after a few minutes the whole team continued its meeting with renewed focus. Whether it is easy for us to acknowledge our feelings or not, how we feel influences how we perform.
Be prepared to allocate about 10 per cent of a meeting to maintenance. Most of this will take place at the beginning and end of the meeting, but it may be necessary to take a break during a meeting to allow team members to look after their own needs.
This is the act of stepping back from the detail of the meeting to comment on how the meeting is unfolding. This requires facilitation skills and the use of feedback that describes rather than judges what is happening. Usually the people most involved in a discussion are the least aware of what is happening around them. A simple comment like “Jim, that’s the third time you’ve interrupted Linda as she tried to speak” will draw Jim’s attention to an aspect of his own behaviour of
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