WHAT IS EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION?
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By: Barbara Brown
Communication is the process of sharing information, thoughts and feelings between people through speaking, writing or body language. Effective communication extends the concept to require that transmitted content is received and understood by someone in the way it was intended. The goals of effective communication include creating a common perception, changing behaviors and acquiring information.
The act of communication begins with internal processing about information or feelings you want to share with someone else (called encoding). After encoding, the message is sent through either spoken or written words, which completes encoding. At the other end of communication is receiving and interpreting what was sent (called decoding). The recipient can and should confirm receipt to the sender to close the communication loop.
Considering the context of communication improves its effectiveness. Context takes into consideration the age, region, sex and intellectual abilities of the recipient. It is also useful to assess receptivity and the emotional state of the sender and receiver at the time of communication. For example, when speaking to an elementary school child about the importance of brushing teeth, you should choose different words and examples than you would when talking to a teenager or an adult.
Also called nonverbal communication, body language includes posture, position of hands and arms, eye contact and facial expression. Children learn to read body language as a way to enhance understanding of the speaker’s intent. Body language that is consonant with the verbal content improves understanding.
Body language that is inconsistent with content creates a question in the mind of the listener about the real message. For example, someone may be saying, “I really want to hear your opinion on this.” However if the person is looking away, has his arms folded or is typing a text message at the same time, his body language communicates an entirely different message.
Effective communication requires that content and body language give the same message.
Emotions can interfere with effective communication. If the sender is angry, his ability to send effective messages may be negatively affected. In the same way, if the recipient is upset or disagrees with the message or the sender, he may hear something different that what was intended by the sender. Considering emotions, language and conceptual barriers is essential to effective communication.
Effective communication is a reciprocal process that includes listening. Successful listening requires eye contact, objective processing and feedback to the speaker. Active listening may involve asking clarifying questions or restating what was heard to assure that the intent of the message sent was correctly received. Active listening becomes particularly important when the communication includes emotional content.
For example, if your teenage son says, “My English teacher hates me,” an active listening response might ask for examples or paraphrase the emotional content by saying, “Sounds like you are having a tough time in English class.”
For more helpful information to communicating follow the link to the left called “Very helpful document of effective communication”
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