communication Essay

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What is Communication? Introduction You have been communicating all your life; you might wonder why you need to study communication? One answer is that formal study can improve skill. Some people have a natural talent for singing or cricket. Yet they could be even more effective if they took voice lessons or studied theories of offensive or defensive play. Likewise, even if you communicate well now, learning more can make you more effective. Theories and principles of communication also help us make sense of what happens in our everyday lives, and they help us to have influence. You are born with the capacity to communicate. You are capable of making utterances and gestures that enable us to send messages to other people. Being able to communicate well is, however, a skill. You spend more time communicating than doing anything else. We talk, listen, think, share confidences with inmates, ask and answer questions, participate on teams, attend public presentations, exchange information with co-workers, watch television programmes and so forth. From birth to death communication is central to our personal, professional, and civic lives. Communication is a truly remarkable process. Clearly the most complex form of behavior in which we engage, it sharply separates us from other members of the animal kingdom. Through the use of words and other signs and symbols for which we share meanings, we perceive, evaluate, and respond to the physical and social world around us. Communication is not only the basis of human thought, it is the means by which each of us develops an individual pattern of beliefs, attitudes, and values––the personal attributes that bring us to understand, misunderstand, accept, or reject others who are like or unlike ourselves. In that sense, communication is the foundation of an effective democratic and multicultural society. Defining Communication
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