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Sunday, September 16, 2012

When Communication Really Works



It’s called communication because it is a two-way street – even when only one person is doing the talking, there is someone or more than one person at the other end who is receiving the message. And for communication to really work, it’s not just enough to send out a clear message, you also have to ensure that the correct meaning of the message has been understood by the recipient(s). 

Good communication skills are hard to find, and before you think that you’re a good communicator, let me remind you that it’s not enough just to be linguistically strong and/or have a good voice. 

To be an effective communicator, you must:

·      Know your subject: If you don’t know what you’re supposed to talk or write about, you’re never going to be able to convey the message clearly. It may be the simple act of giving someone instructions – if you don’t know how to do it yourself, no amount of instructing will do the trick. So before you start to communicate, ensure that you know the subject to be communicated well enough to deliver the message. The level of your knowledge depends on how thorough or deep your communication should be. 

·      Know your audience: It’s not enough to just be knowledgeable about the subject, you also need to know the level of receptiveness of your audience. Some people understand when things are put very simply while others expect you to use a certain standard of language in order to be perceived as an expert. Before you begin to communicate, you must know who you’re going to communicate with in order for the communication to be efficient.

·      Know how to tone up/down your subject according to your audience: And once you know both your subject and your audience, if you know how to tone your subject and choose your words according to your audience, you’re well on the way to being the king of communication. For example, you would explain certain things in one way to children and in a completely different way to adults. Even among adults, you would choose your words based on how well you think your audience is likely to understand them. This personalization and customization for a particular audience is what makes communication really effective.
These are the very basic skills of a good communicator – when you know what your message is supposed to be, when you know who the intended recipient is, and when you’re able to adjust the message according to the person who is supposed to receive it, you know you’ve mastered the fine art of communication.  

By-line:
This guest post is contributed by Anna Miller, who writes on the topic of degrees online . She welcomes your comments at her email id: anna.miller009@gmail.com


Photo Credit: joshfassbind.com


First posted June 5, 2010.

6 comments:

nicole said...

I think that this is a good subject for everyone to read because, everyone who even if they think that they're good communicators, probably aren't as good as they think they are. Chances are that they could probably learn a little bit more or see things from a different view. I think that listening is the MOST important part of communication, and I myself could use a little more skills in that area.

nicole said...

I think that this is a good subject for everyone to read because, everyone who even if they think that they're good communicators, probably aren't as good as they think they are. Chances are that they could probably learn a little bit more or see things from a different view. I think that listening is the MOST important part of communication, and I myself could use a little more skills in that area.

Edgar Lopez said...

they say that people who are good listeners are often good friend makers, I think communication is a recommended class to take because it helps you to talk in front of large crowds and get you out of your comfort zone, after this semester I hope I can talk in front of large crowds without feeling pressured or nervous.

Anonymous said...

I agree with this. If you know what your talking about, the other person is more willing to listen. With my job the dr tells the pt what they have or explains treatment to the pt, but he explains it in dr terms. Then the pt looks at me and says,"what did he say," so then i have to break it down into terms that the person can understand. depending on the person depends on how i have to translate what the dr said. sometimes it is easier to compare it to something the pt does for a living or likes to do.

Anonymous said...

I agree with everyone. this is a great subject to read!

Anonymous said...

Knowing your audience is such an important part If you know what they are expecting and have an appropriate tone for the subject discussing

Leah Genet COM114