Open communication is key to good working relationships, and actions speak as loudly as words. All of us have a role to play in creating the culture of the festival that we want to see.
The sense of energy and urgency during a festival, and the differing needs and communication styles of the many different stakeholders involved, can lead to issues and misunderstandings. When people are tired or stretched, emotions can run high and our interpersonal and communication skills can start to be negatively impacted.
When things get challenging during a festival, connect back to the common goals of your team-mates and the festival and remember that all members of a festival team are needed to create the outcomes we seek. Each element and role are totally interconnected. We do this together. By harnessing this ability to step back, you gain perspective. You are part of something bigger than you, and knowing this can help you find meaning and stay solutions-focussed when you are faced with major setbacks and challenges that are beyond your control.
Issues in communication often underlie and exacerbate tensions and conflict. This is why working on our own communication skills can have far reaching benefits for any team we join. Here are some questions to ask yourself to indicate if you are having issues in communication at any time: