Communication Represents You and Your Future Perspectives
Communication skills are skills you will use for the rest of your life. Positive improvements in these skills will have a positive impact on your relationships, your prospects for employment, and your ability to make a difference in the world.
An individual with excellent communication skills is an asset to every organization. No matter what career you plan to pursue, learning to express yourself professionally in speech and in writing will help you achieve. In both oral and written situations, you will benefit from having the ability to communicate clearly.
Communication Theory Abridged
Communication refers to the process of conveying information from a sender to a receiver with the use of a medium in which the communicated information is understood.
Communication is a dynamic, complex and continually changing process that it is continuous and ongoing. Communication experiences are cumulative and are influenced by the past, which means present experiences inevitably influence a person’s future.
Communication is social as it involves people, a sender and a receiver, who come to an interaction with various intentions, motivations and abilities.
Communication is a symbol as an arbitrary label or representation of phenomena and may be both verbal and nonverbal and may occur in face-to-face and mediated communication.
Communication is the meaning of what people extract from a message. In the communication process, messages can have more than one meaning and even multiple layers of meaning. Without sharing the same meaning, communicators would have a challenging time getting their messages across.
Communication is the environment in which the situation or context of the communication occurs. The environment includes time, place, historical period, relationship and speaker’s and listener’s cultural background. The environment can also be mediated with technological assistance.
Communication Influences Your Thinking about Yourself and Others
You communicate your self-concept – your sense of self and awareness of who you are. When we communicate, we are full of expectations, doubts, fears, and hopes. Where we place emphasis, what we focus on, and how we view our potential have a direct impact on our communication interactions.
Also, your communications skills help you to understand others – not just their words, but also their tone of voice, their nonverbal gestures, or the format of their written documents provide you with clues about who they are and what their values and priorities may be.
Active listening is an important part of being a successful communicator. Make a conscious effort to hear not only the words that another person is saying but, more importantly, the complete message being communicated.
Communication Influences How You Learn
You need to begin the process of improving your speaking and writing with the frame of mind that it will require effort, persistence, and self-correction. You learn to speak in public by first having conversations, then by answering questions and expressing your opinions, and finally by preparing and delivering a speech.
Similarly, you learn to write by first learning to read, then by writing and learning to think critically. Your speaking and writing are reflections of your thoughts, experience, and education. Part of that combination is your level of experience listening to other speakers, reading documents and styles of writing, and studying formats similar to what you aim to produce.
Communication as Problem-solving
Think of business communication as a problem solving-activity and consider the following questions:
- What is the situation?
- What are some possible communication strategies?
- What is the best course of action?
- What is the best way to design the chosen message?
- What is the best way to deliver the message?
Communicate to Achieve
Ultimately, your use of language in oral and written form may ensure your professional and personal success – or lack thereof. Communication to achieve is a distinctive style of communication-based on the techniques of framing and halo effect to ensure that through the story you tell you welcome success and deter failure. However, before learning achievement communication you should acquaint yourself with the basic rules of communication.
My course on Business Communication debuts the Master in Global Management offered through Monarch Business School Switzerland and can be accessed at: https://umonarch.ch/modular-mba/.