How Can Players Increase Their Social Intelligence

  • 20 Jul, 2016

The world of sports have changed a lot in the last decade. Many teams and athletes now use technology to help track, measure and improve on their strengths and weaknesses. It’s important that coaches build strong team cultures so they can implement the right strategies to win while they continuously work on developing their players. At the same time we want to make sure our players find ways of socializing and taking time to spend together.

It’s always a hustle in the world of sports to find innovative ways that will put your players ahead of the competition. The mental part of the game is crucial at the college and professional level. Sometimes talented players can’t perform well in games due to a weak mindset and lack of confidence.


I am a big believer that culture beats strategy any day. But it’s important for all players to develop a great sense of their social intelligence first. Simply put, players need to learn as much as possible about being social. This will help them be more open, accepting and responsive to those around them. It’s not an easy task but it’s very rewarding.

Being open to all conversations from all players, friends, family, coaching staff, teachers and even the cafeteria lady it’s always a plus. In todays’ competitive environment, social psychology plays a major role in an athletes’ life. Athletes are trained on how to recognize every situations, how to give best answers, how to act on and off the field and how to be aware of their surroundings.

Players who play with confidence, they don’t just train their bodies but also their mind. So when the game time comes, there is less mental pressure on them. The more you train, the more comfortable you become. The mental part of the game is often played between the space from you left to your right ears. Top athletes can never perform at their best if they are not prepared mentally. The key is to not stop learning because that’s the day you’ll stop growing.

I will outline a few tips on how players can develop their social intelligence to become more comfortable and confident so they can compete at their best.

  • Constantly look to socialize with people around you.
  • Learn something new from everyone by absorbing every move.
  • Find mentors such as coaches or former players and ask them anything.
  • Educate yourself on social intelligence and social psychology to understand how people think.
  • Build your awareness.
  • Become an active listener.
  • Respect and make everyone around you feel important.
  • Get interested and focus on what you want to accomplish.
  • Be fully engaged in the moment.
  • Watch how others fail and succeed around you.
  • Learn more form the players that are being liked the most. They must do something right.
  • Try to become a leader.
  • Seek opportunities that allow you to grow.
  • Be aware of the fact that failures only make you stronger.
  • It’s a mental game so sharpen your mindset.
  • Make new friends and be socially open for conversation.
  • Outsmart your competition.
  • Question everything in your mind till you understand it.
I truly hope those tips will help guide players in the right direction now that they are socially more aware of their surroundings. Ignorance is often affiliated with arrogance and those characteristics don’t allow players to increase their social intelligence.

Author @Nicolae Popescu

Nicolae Popescu is a former NCAA D1 full-scholarship student-athlete and the Founder of WeGotPlayers. He has experienced first-hand the complex college recruiting process himself. Nicolae' s knowledge, skills and sports expertise make him a valuable contributor in helping guide players and parents to find the right school fit. He is passionate about coaching, mentoring and positively influencing players succeed in their sports journey and life thru the power of education and technology.
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