- Raid leaders must remember their raid members are not mind readers.
If you need someone to do something, tell them -- in advance of pulling the boss. Yelling at someone for not doing something you didn't ask them to do, on a boss they've not seen, is not cool, and not effective.
- Select and confirm your raiding teams a few days in advance.
If you have more people who want to raid than you have slots, this is imperative. It's no fun to log on, revved up to raid, then get kicked to the curb. Many of your raiders are fitting raiding into already very busy lives. If they aren't seated for a raid, and know that in advance, that gives them the opportunity to go do something else offline; it's a lot harder to pull plans together last minute, after not getting in.
- Let your raiders know your instance plan for the week.
THis allows them to watch videos the day of working on a new boss, prep their action bars with any macros, or go out and poke around blogs for tips on how to maximize their performance on that boss your team inevitably struggles with.
- Make every attempt a serious attempt.
Don't pull a boss while someone is AFK. Or before everyone is buffed and ready. Ask folks to get their food buff on and be running some sort of flask or elixir. Hand out -- and use -- healthstones if you are lucky enough to have a warlock on the team.
- Keep finger pointing and backseat driving to a minimum during the fight.
Keep Vent clear! The raid doesn't need to know that the spatially unaware ranged DPS died unless they have a specific task that needs to be assigned to someone else. The know-it-all tank doesn't actually know that it was the melee's fault for whatever minor hiccup (that you just recovered from) happened. Mid-fight, when people start in with this stuff, or worse yet, rambling on about things completely non-related to the fight, it distracts the other raiders from doing their jobs, and can cause a wipe. Do your postmortem AFTER the fight, not as a play-by-play while the raid team is still working on it.
As always, YMMV, these opinions are solely mine and do not reflect those of any specific raiding team, and no fluffy animals or raiders were harmed in the making of this Friday Five. What are some of YOUR tips for raiding success?