On June 28, 2019 at Hartford Public High School, Rory McGloin of RPM Communication Consulting came in to talk to our players about the importance of effective communication. When we speak to other people, it is always possible that our message will be perceived differently than intended. Thus, it is important to be familiar with the communication process to avoid being misunderstood. McGloin taught our players the Sender-Channel-Message-Receiver model of communication to break down how complex the process can be. While communication in any form may seem simple, successfully conveying your message has its difficulties.

In addition to the science behind communication, McGloin also talked to our players about the when, what, and how of communication. Your role from conversation to conversation may change, and it’s important to be able to read those cues and adapt. That being said, respecting all participants of the communication exchange while offering your perspective when appropriate can open doors. Listening to and politely engaging with other people is the easiest way to create a network and foundation for success.
After talking about communication etiquette, McGloin closed off his seminar by expressing how important an individual’s story can be. “Stories are the power of the things that connect us,” he said. It is a crucial component of how we perceive our own identities and the identities of the people around us. Stories are unique and ongoing, giving us the power and potential to evolve and show others where we came from and how we persevered. Especially when connecting with other people, knowing how you want to craft your story matters.
After the seminar, we all took a picture in front of the soccer field where McGloin scored his first ever varsity goal for Enfield High School.
We thank McGloin for spreading communication awareness and for taking the time out of his day to come in and speak to our players.