Tom Kutney

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Communication – are you with it?

Conveying information to the person across, comes easily to most of us in this generation. With a hike in social media sites and networking, the amount of information tossed back and forth is quite amazing. This function is so easy for us that we forget how important it is to know about the act of ‘communication’.  The word communication comes from the Latin word ‘communis’ which means –to share. In this fast paced world where we hardly share any material things, we are quite adept at sharing our thoughts, feelings and most importantly, beliefs. There are various kinds of communication and it is very interesting to know about an act that we contribute to almost unconsciously.

Types

Human communication involves a variety of symbols or patters that are used effectively in communicating with another party. Language, body language and other kinds of patterns allow us to share.

  • Nonverbal communication uses non-word messages to convey meanings. The actions which come under this are body language patterns. Many kinds of research say that a majority of our communication is in the form of nonverbal communication. Styles of speaking and emotion conveyed become part of the paralanguage of speech. Nonverbal communication can include things like gestures, facial expression and even our style of clothing or our hairstyle.
  • Verbal communication is the easiest to understand. This is the basic level of speech and language that we use to share our thoughts with another person. This kind of communication is mainly spoken even though written communication also comes under this. Written communication has a long history behind it which in itself is very interesting. From the construction of paper and pen, to the building of language, writing has enveloped the public into tweeting and posting.

Effective communication and its barriers

Effective communication is a result when there is a successful sharing and exchange of desired information, which is then interpreted in the desired manner by both parties and acted upon. The message that has been passed on within the two parties must not get distorted in any fashion or will be ineffective. This kind of communication should maintain the effect. Possible purposes of this kind of communication are generally to evoke change, create action, create understanding, inform or communicate a belief or point of view. Communication when is ineffective, one then explores how this process was distorted and how barriers have led such a malfunction to happen.

Barriers

Barriers of effective communication are caused by a volley of reasons and most of these are due to either physical, physiological or other kinds of reasons. Ineffective communication occurs when there is retardation or distortion of the message implied or when the intention of the message is misunderstood. Many of the reasons that cause such a barrier to effective communication is when there is

When a person uses inappropriate language, or has hearing or eyesight problems which can hinder communication, they can also cause communication to fail. Using political jargon or complex words which are not present in everybody’s vocabulary can also lead to an undesirable situation. Physical barriers that are due to the positioning of the nature such as failure of technology or situational noises can cause a barrier to effective communication. Poor lighting, cold or even natural conditions can lead a person to be unable to receive or pass on a message of importance leading to problems or even a worse turn of events in various relationships.

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