There are several definitions 1. the act of transmitting 2. a giving or exchanging of information, signals, or messages as by talk, gestures, or writing 3. the information, signals, or message 4. close, sympathetic relationship 5. a means of communicating; specif. , a system for sending and receiving messages, as by telephone, telegraph, radio, etc.
6. a system as of routes for moving troops and material 7. a passage or way for getting from one place to another 8. the art of expressing ideas, esp.
in speech and writing 9. he science of transmitting information, esp. in symbols Types: Verbal Communication Verbal communication is one way for people to communicate face-to-face.
Some of the key components of verbal communication are sound, words, speaking, and language. Non-Verbal Communication Nonverbal communications (NVC) is usually understood as the process of communication through sending and receiving wordless messages. i. e, language is not the only source of communication, Gestures, body language, facial expression, sign language are all ways of communicating without the spoken word.Barriers: No matter how good and effective a communicator one maybe, yet the fact is that one does face certain barriers, from time to time, which forces them to work on becoming even more effective in their skills to communicate. Given here are the communication barriers that occur while listening, speaking and in the case of non-verbal communications..
. Listening barriers: Interrupting the speaker Not maintaining eye contact with the speakerRushing the speaker to complete what he/she has to say Making the speaker feel as though he/she is wasting the listener’s time Being distracted by something that is not part of the on going communication Getting ahead of the speaker and completing his/her thoughts Ignoring the speaker’s requests Topping the speaker’s story with one’s own set of examples Forgetting what is being discussed Asking too many questions, for they sake of probing Barriers while speaking: Unclear messages Lack of consistency in the communication processIncomplete sentences Not understanding the receiver Not seeking clarifications while communicating The other barriers include: An individual’s subjective viewpoint towards issues/people, which leads to assumptions. An emotional block, which can lead to an attitude of indifference, suspicion or hostility towards the subject.
An emotional block or bias that is based on a third party’s view point, or on what you have read/heard. Words can have different meanings to different people, thus blocking communication. Use of negative words.
Effects:Effective communication is the key to get you to where you want to be in your life. Communication is an essential skill for successful business and personal relationships. ‘Man is not an island’ – communication has the power to destroy , or build relationships. Communication has an impact whenever it occurs – we can use communication to influence every interaction in a positive way, by developing the skills needed to communicate effectively. The ability to connect and build rapport with other people is a foundation life skill, and should ideally,be actively developed from an early age.It is a learned skill, and can be learned and used at any age.
George Bernard Shaw “To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others. Anthony Robbins Effective communication is the key to our success in life, in work, and in relationships. Good communication skills can reduce misunderstandings, errors, frustration, and conflict on a daily basis.