What is Communication?
Communication is the process of transferring information from one entity to another. It generally involves at least two parties-a sender and a receiver or listener.
The types of communication include:
* Verbal or dialogue.
* Nonverbal, wordless the most prominent being body language.
* Visual where the sender is an innate object such as a painting, a picture, a sculpture, etc.
Written communication can be done by hard copy or virtual/electronic via computers, text messaging, etc. Verbal communication can be done face to face, over the phone, and by electronic devices (e.g. video conferencing, Skype). Communications can be one-on-one or groups of any size.
The World of Communication Today
The tools for communication have increased significantly in recent times.
Consider the means available today that did not exist just mere years ago. These include:
* Web pages, both personal/individual and business
* Social networking sites
* Instant messaging
* Cellular phones
* On-line webinars
* Blog radio
* Text messaging
* On-line newspapers, magazines and similar publications
* Video messaging and conferencing
* Kindle (wireless reading device)
* You tube or other similar in-line videoing
* Hundreds of TV broadcast outlets and stations
This reflects to the years of television with limited stations (generally 3-5) that broadcast for hours less than 24, hard line telephones (that incurred cost by usage only), newspapers delivered (maybe once or twice) daily to your home and magazines delivered by mail (which some call snail mail when comparing it to today).
Today, communication is continuous, instantaneous and 24/7.
It never shuts off. Just turn on your TV or computer, grab your cell phone, anytime of the day or night and you are equipped to communicate.
Ten Basic and Easy Tips You Can Do Now
A common and frequent compliant now-a-days is the lack of communication skills among us as a rule. Yet we rarely teach “communications” as a course.
Here are ten easy and basic tips, which are often overlooked, to help you improve your communication skills. You can implement them now without any training. It just takes some effort and desire.
(1) Keep it simple. Keep your sentences short. Long flowery sentences are not best. If a sentence can be broken into two or more sentences, then do it. Further, use simple words. Long, complex words are not necessary.
(2) Keep it short. Say it as few as words as possible. Use summaries upfront in long communications.
(3) Know your audience. Modify your message and your style to fit the receiver.
(4) Be repetitive. The more you say it more likely it is to be heard and understood.
(5) Be consistent. Changing your message will only serve to confuse your audience.
(6) Listen. The receiver in any communication is key. Learn to be a good listener. It will make you a better sender.
(7) Be honest. Avoid untruths. I take fewer words to express honesty than it does to communicate dishonesty.
(8) Get to the point quick. Make your point upfront as soon as you can. Don’t make the receiver wait. The longer they have to wait for your point the more likely they are to miss it.
(9) Don’t use bells and whistles. Same theme as keep it simple, which is the most important to the ten tips.
(10) Think before you leap. Plan your communications. Of the cuff conversations generally are not effective.
One last tip: Make sure your communication, both written and verbal, are error free of spelling, punctuation, and capitalization and grammar are correct.