Team communication is a crucial factor in success, whether it be for a sports team like Barcelona or a project team within an organisation. Communication should be honest in order to develop trust. Teams that fail to communicate effectively will waste time and energy doing things that aren’t necessary.

Some team communication quotes can be a bit meh. We get it. However, when a quote inspires the person reading it into action then it can become quite powerful.

So, you just might find that this collection of quotes from highly successful people such as Ernest Hemingway and Peter Drucker is the catalyst for better communication within your team.

Ready to get started? Here are our 40 best team communication quotes to inspire your team.

1. “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”

Ernest Hemingway

2. “The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.”

Peter Drucker

3. “Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.”

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

4. “Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.”

Plato

5. “Communicate unto the other person that which you would want him to communicate unto you if your positions were reversed.”

Aaron Goldman

6. “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”

George Bernard Shaw

7. “Effective communication is 20% what you know and 80% how you feel about what you know.”

Jim Rohn

8. “Communication works for those who work at it.”

John Powell

9. “There is only one rule for being a good talker – learn to listen.”

Christopher Morley

10. “Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn’t listening.”

Emma Thompson

11. “To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.”

Anthony Robbins

12. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”

Michael Jordan

13. “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

Isaac Newton

14. “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.”

H.E. Luccock

15. “Teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.”

Patrick Lencioni

16. “I think for any relationship to be successful, there needs to be loving communication, appreciation, and understanding.”

Miranda Kerr

17. “Communication works for those who work at it. “

John Powell

18. “Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don’t understand the language that you’re singing in, they still know good music when they hear it.”

Lou Rawls

19. “Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.”

Paul J. Meyer

20. “Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.”

Brian Tracy

21. “I motivate players through communication, being honest with them, having them respect and appreciate your ability and your help.”

Tommy Lasorda

22. “It’s important to make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.”

Barack Obama

23. “Every act of communication is a miracle of translation.”

Ken Liu

24. “Communication is your ticket to success, if you pay attention and learn to do it effectively.”

Theo Gold

25. “We never listen when we are eager to speak.”

Francois de la Rochefoucauld

26. “Speech is our primary means of communication. If it’s important, we tell people about it.”

Brian Knapp

27. “When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.”

Stephen R. Covey

28. “The art of communication is the language of leadership.”

James Humes

29. “Communication is one of the most important skills you require for a successful life.”

Catherine Pulsifer

30. “We are stronger when we listen, and smarter when we share.”

Rania Al-Abdullah

31. “Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.”

Paul J. Meyer

32. “If you have nothing to say, say nothing.”

Mark Twain

33. “Conversation is king. Content is just something to talk about.”

Cory Doctorow

34. “Communication sometimes is not what you first hear, listen not just to the words, but listen for the reason.”

Catherine Pulsifer

35. “The best speakers in the world are the best storytellers. They have a gift to not only tell a great story, but also share a lot of the details that many others wouldn’t.”

Larry Hagner

36. “Not the fastest horse can catch a word spoken in anger.”

Chinese proverb

37. “A lot of problems in the world would be solved if we talked to each other instead of about each other.”

Nickey Gumbel

38. “Make sure to communicate your idea quickly and keep it straight to the point.”

Paul Bailey

39. “Although we live in an information technology age, we often find ourselves in failure to communicate situations. “

Johnny Tan

40. “To have good communications skills means you are able to make your point without a lot of fillers and stumbling.”

Gregory Davidson

Final Thoughts

So, there you have it. An impressive 40 quotes on team communication to inspire your team.

Good team communication will mean you finish projects and tasks more efficiently. Everyone will have a clear understanding of what they need to do by when.

Anything to add? If we’ve missed your favourite quote, please let us know in the comments below.

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