Many people have a superficial understanding of the game and think baseball is a rather boring spectator sport. With a deeper understanding of how much communicating goes on inside the game, baseball becomes a fascinating spectator sport. Inside baseball is a term used across the media nowadays to describe the depth of understanding that practitioners inside a particular domain have, compared to outside observers.
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One critical principle of communicating AND connecting is: Know with whom you are communicating and adjust your communications to your receivers and transmitters. This is true whether you are engaged in personal conversations such as talking to your spouse or speaking at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, or engaged in professional exchanges such as delivering a professional sales presentation or presenting a yearly performance assessment.
I was a student of the game of poker throughout my teens, twenties, and thirties. I read every book I could find, wrote computer programs, and played in home games with friends. I also played in the card rooms of Gardena and San Jose, California, with both amateurs and pros. This was during the 1970s and 1980s, long before poker became the popular game it is today. Great poker players had not begun disclosing the secrets of the game, so there were few books with top-notch poker guidance. But the great players all knew that their skills in transmitting and receiving, both accurately and deceptively, were far more important than knowing the mathematical odds and logically deducing the other opponents’ cards from the sequence of playing and betting. They knew that poker is a game of communications skills more than anything else.