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3 communication tips from Apollo 13 mission

Remember the well-known “Houston, we have had a problem... We've had a main B bus undervolt.”


Nobody started panicking. They set to work together as a team, and eventually the crew made it home safely.


Here are the communication lessons from this mission:


1. Stay calm and don’t panic

Whatever the situation, stay calm, in control and collaborative. Stay positive and focused.


2. Resolve the situation as a team

Everyone is there for a reason. Leverage the wisdom and creativity of the team.


3. Be direct and clear

Stay clear and concise to eliminate noise and ambiguity so to save time and maximize efficiency.



3 tips that allowed for a safe return and transformed what everyone thought would be a fatal mission into "the most successful space failure in history".

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