An invaluable skill for a reliable team player is to be an active participant in discussions. Begin by being a good listener. When you are part of a team, be supportive. Listen with an open mind to what team members have to say. Listen for hidden meanings. When it is your turn to contribute, express your ideas clearly but courteously so others understand your position. Be direct and honest in your assessment of the situation and possible solutions. Convince team members with valid facts. Allow time for feedback from other team members. Accept criticism by not reacting defensively, but instead seeing it as a chance to learn.