Communication Essay

2232 WordsMay 12, 20129 Pages
Communication is an integral part of daily life and it is also something most people take for granted. This essay will seek to demonstrate that communication is not an easy process as well as critically examine a number of effective communication techniques and demonstrate barriers and enhancers to communication in different settings. Communication is defined as the activity of conveying meaningful information. It requires a sender, a message and an intended recipient, although the receiver need not be present or aware of the sender’s intent to communicate at the time of communication; thus communication can occur across vast distances and across countries and cities. Over the years, people have developed spoken languages, symbols and pictures and in today’s world we have over a thousand languages, not mentioning different dialects. People use a variety of verbal, non-verbal and emotional intelligence as a means of communicating such as body language, eye contact, sign language, paralanguage, and media such as pictures, graphics, sound and writing and in the modern era we have the digital communication such as email, facebook and twitter. Other forms of communication include the display of text, Braille, tactile communication, human reader, large prints for persons with disabilities. Dresner, (2005) states communication is not a one way street. For communication to be effective it must consist of both speaking and listening. Similarly, the old saying of having two ears and one mouth, and we should use them in direct proportion is well documented. All experts in the field of communication state it is essential that messages are easily understand. Inconsistency between verbal and non-verbal signals creates confusion and becomes a barrier to effective communication. Lewis and Graham, (2003) states most individuals speak at a rate of 175 to 200 words per minute,

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