Effective Communication Course Overview

    Effective Communication Overview

    “I’m a great believer that any tool that enhances communication has profound effects in terms of how people can learn from each other and how they can achieve the kind of freedoms that they’re interested in.”


    - Bill Gates

    Every society thrives on communication. Regardless of geographic, cultural, linguistic, political and ethnic differences, the ability to communicate effectively binds us, humans, to co-exist in a community. Communication is the building block of a society, the means to connect people, and without it, there perhaps would be no society in the first place. 


    Effective communication helps us understand others and be understood. Whether verbal, written, visual, tactile or even a subtle change in body language, communication in any form strongly impacts human relations. Even if you don’t speak the language of another culture, technological advancements like online dictionaries and translators facilitate clear communication despite language barriers.  


    While communication builds and nurtures human relationships, on the one hand, it is also one of the reasons for conflicts in society. A lack of effective communication skills often leads to misunderstandings and disagreements, whether in our personal lives or the professional sphere. The inability to express ourselves effectively through good communication keeps us from meeting our needs, a prerequisite to surviving in society. 


    Now, that brings us to the most pertinent question: What is the art of communication, and how does one develop effective communication skills

    What is Communication?

    The word “communication” has a Latin root, communicate, meaning to share or to make common. Communication is the act of passing information from one person to another. Although the process of transmitting and sharing information exists among all beings in the living world, we will focus our discussion on interpersonal communication in humans.


    Communication involves the acts of giving, receiving and sharing information, primarily through talking, reading, listening and writing. Sign languages or body gestures are also forms of communication. Every form of communication includes at least a sender, a recipient and a message. The message transmission depends on multiple factors such as the purpose, emotions, cultural background, mental state, and communication medium. 


    The sheer complexity of effective communication makes good workplace communication skills a desirable trait in prospective employees. Before acquiring the art of effective communication in the workplace, it is crucial to understand the eight essential components of communication:


    1. Sender

    2. Message

    3. Receiver

    4. Channel

    5. Feedback

    6. Environment

    7. Context 

    8. Interference


    Let’s go through each component of interpersonal communication in detail:


    1. Sender


    The sender or the source is the person who has to convey a message to another person. Take the instance of a public speaker. The speaker first determines what to say and how to say it and conveys the message verbally through their tone of voice and body language. Then, they choose the right words and non-verbal techniques to get the message's intended meaning across, a process called encoding. Finally, they present the message in front of the audience or the receivers.

     

    2. Message


    The next component in the art of communication is the message. It is what the sender wants to convey to the receiver. A written message for good communication typically comprises words strung into sentences and organised according to grammar rules. The message may be written in any language and reflects the sender's writing style. On the contrary, a message conveyed verbally is also influenced by the speaker’s body language, tone of voice and appearance.

     

    3. Receiver


    The receiver or the recipient is the person to whom the sender transmits the message. As such, the receiver may be an individual or a group of individuals, as in the case of mass communication. The receiver decodes the message they receive and tries to understand its meaning. While it is relatively easy to interpret straightforward verbal or written communication, cryptic messages or non-verbal cues of the sender can be barriers to effective communication. 


    4. Channel


    Next comes the channel or the medium through which the message travels between the sender and the receiver. There can be multiple modes of communication. For example, written channels include newspapers, magazine articles, letters, memorandums, invoices, etc. Likewise, spoken channels include face-to-face conversations, telephone conversations, speeches, voice messages, PA systems, radio and voice over internet protocol (VoIP). Digital communication channels primarily include e-mails, online messaging, video calls, social media, etc. 


    5. Feedback


    Feedback refers to the response the receiver gives to the sender, intentionally or unintentionally. Thus, feedback comprises messages the receiver sends back to the source and lets the source know if the message has been received and interpreted in an intended manner. Feedback also allows the receiver to clarify doubts or present an opinion in agreement or disagreement with the sender. Therefore, feedback is essential to accurate and clear communication.


    6. Environment


    The environment refers to the physical surroundings in which the sender and receiver exchange messages to communicate. An example of such an environment is a room with furniture and various audio-video equipment like screens, projectors, computers, etc. The general mood of the room, whether it is a formal gathering or an informal meetup, also sets the atmosphere and impacts how people communicate. The environment specifically impacts verbal communication, such as when a speaker delivers a speech.  


    7. Context 


    The context refers to the situation in which the communication occurs or the expectations of the individuals participating in the communication. For instance, communication in a workplace can take place in a conference room with the participants dressed in formal attire. Individuals in such gatherings are expected to communicate professionally. On the contrary, an event like a family dinner party has a casual setting where communication is more informal. 


    8. Interference


    The last component of interpersonal communication is the interference or noise that prevents or distorts the intended meaning of the message sent from the source. Noise interferes with the communication process and disrupts the encoding and decoding of messages. For example, noise from physical sources can be loud honking of cars, a loud playing television or someone talking too loudly to interrupt your thoughts or conversation with another person. On the contrary, psychological noise refers to your thoughts obstructing your attention while trying to understand a written or verbal message.

    Types of Communication

    To understand the importance of effective communication, you need to know about the different types of communication. Broadly, these are:


    1. Oral communication

    2. Written communication

    3. Non-verbal communication

    4. Listening

    5. Visual Communication


    Let’s explore each type of communication in more detail.

    1. Oral Communication


    Oral or verbal communication involves communicating through the mouth using spoken words. In this case, individuals talk with each other, either face-to-face, through telephonic conversations or via digital platforms like Zoom and Skype. Different forms of oral communication include speeches, discussions, presentations, lectures, conferences, meetings and interviews. 


    While some forms of oral communication are informal, like chatting with a friend, others, like meetings and conferences, demand a more formal and serious demeanour. Regardless of the type, the fundamentals of oral communication include the speaker’s choice of words and intonation to convey the intended message.


    Advantages of oral communication


    As one of the earliest forms of human interaction, the advantages of oral communication are:

    • Oral communication facilitates spontaneous feedback and quick decision-making.

    • Oral communication is not rigid and leaves scope for changes in something that has been said already.

    • Oral communication is highly transparent and minimises the chances of misunderstandings.

    • Communicating orally saves time and eliminates the trouble of arranging for special media or channels for communication.

    • Lastly, oral communication is highly effective for conflicts and problem resolution by talking out differences and disagreements between individuals.

    Disadvantages of oral communication


    The downsides of communicating orally are:

    • Oral communication is often informal and not as organised as written communication, making it less authentic in certain situations.

    • The lack of organisation and informal nature of oral communication makes it an unreliable mode of communication for many business scenarios.

    • Effective oral communication requires effective conversation skills on the part of the speaker. 

    • The listeners or audience must be highly attentive to accurately decode the message conveyed orally.

    • Although oral communication saves time in informal and trivial situations, lengthy speeches and lectures in a formal meeting can be monotonous and unproductive.

    2. Written Communication


    Written communication involves exchanging any form of written message between or among individuals. While it is still a form of verbal communication, written communication finds expression in written or typed words. Examples of written communication include books, magazines, text messages, e-mails, letters, memorandums, blog posts, reports, proposals, job descriptions, contracts, manuals, bulletins, brochures, postcards and more.


    Written communication is the backbone of the business world. When done correctly, written communication leaves a lasting impression on the audience and is one of the most effective communication strategies. Impactful written communication involves careful selection of words, proper sentence construction and the organisation of sentences into meaningful information or message.


    Advantages of written communication


    Let’s look at the advantages of effective written communication:

    • Written communication is generally permanent and extremely useful in maintaining records.

    • Written communication provides a ready repertoire of valid references and records.

    • Written communication is more straightforward than oral communication.

    • Written communication is more definite, unlike oral communication, where the speaker may refuse to acknowledge their speech or take back their words.

    • The receiver of written communication generally gets sufficient time to think, act and respond.

    Disadvantages of written communication


    The limitations of written communication include:

    • Written communication is time-consuming since significant effort needs to be given to compose a message and send it to the appropriate recipient.

    • Feedback is not instant in written communication, making written communication unsuitable for emergencies. 

    • Effective written communication requires competence in the language, vocabulary and grammar.

    • Written communication is somewhat rigid since changes cannot be made easily.

    • Written communication is not as effective in maintaining confidentiality as oral, interpersonal communication.

    3. Non-verbal Communication


    Spoken and written words are not the only ways to communicate with others. Cues and gestures such as facial expressions, body language, postures, tone of voice, eye contact and even the way you dress include the different non-verbal ways of communication. Thus, non-verbal communication involves sending and receiving messages without using spoken or written words.


    Judee Burgoon (1994) identifies seven types of non-verbal communication: kinesics or body movements, paralanguage, the physical environment and its objects, personal appearance, time, haptics or touch and personal space.


    Advantages of non-verbal communication


    The advantages of communicating non-verbally include:

    • Non-verbal cues and gestures complement verbal communication by adding meaning to them.

    • Non-verbal gestures are effective for communicating with illiterate or specially-abled people.

    • Non-verbal cues like signs, symbols and hand gestures help express messages faster than oral or written communication.

    • Non-verbal communication can be more effective than verbal communication since recipients tend to pay more attention to body language, facial expressions and other non-verbal cues.

    • Non-verbal communication provides more clarity, especially if you are communicating with someone who does not speak your language.

    Disadvantages of non-verbal communication


    The downsides of communicating non-verbally include the following:

    • Non-verbal communication is often vague and fails to convey the intended meaning of messages.

    • The meaning of hand gestures may vary across cultures, causing misinterpretations and misunderstandings.

    • Non-verbal communication is ineffective for lengthy conversations where one must maintain the flow of dialogue for a prolonged period.

    • A significant limitation of non-verbal communication is information distortion.

    • Non-verbal communication is informal and not well-structured, making it unsuitable for formal situations like business meetings.

    4. Listening


    Mastering the art of listening is an effective communication skill, both in the workplace and in your personal life. Active listening means you give your full attention to the speaker, spend effort understanding what they are saying, reflect, respond appropriately and retain the information for later. Thus, it ensures active participation and engagement of both the speaker and the audience in the conversation.


    Active listening skill is something most of us lack with our fast-paced life leaving little to no time and energy to listen patiently. However, active listening techniques like paying close attention to the speaker’s non-verbal cues and avoiding interruptions like fidgeting or asking irrelevant questions are effective ways to build your active listening skillset.


    Advantages of active listening

    • Active listening builds trust and nurtures strong relationships, both in your personal life and in the workplace.

    • Active listening leads to better information retention and helps the listener get a deeper understanding of the subject matter of the conversation.

    • Active listening is highly effective in conflict resolution. It helps you think from the other person’s perspective and encourages you to recognise other people’s feelings.

    • Listening actively makes you more likely to identify problems and ask the speaker for clarification.

    • Active listening in the workplace gives managers a better understanding of the needs and aspirations of employees and facilitates effective communication with superiors and subordinates. 

    Disadvantages of active listening


    While active listening has advantages, there are limitations too. These include:

    • One of the biggest challenges to active listening is the disruption the speaker faces while talking or delivering a speech and causing the listeners’ attention to breaking.

    • The listener may get overwhelmed with information and fail to sustain their attention.

    • Distractions like loud noise or absent-mindedness are significant barriers to active listening.

    • The listener may be unable to process information or pay attention if the speaker speaks too fast, complicates the speech or does not have good speaking skills. 

    5. Visual Communication


    The fifth type of communication is visual communication, which refers to using visual elements to convey a message. Since visual communication aims to attract attention and educate the audience, effective visual communication must be informative and eye-catching.


    Visual communication media typically include infographics, charts, images, animated GIFs, graphs, videos and similar types of content. Regardless of the medium, visual communication effectively conveys relevant data, information and statistics quickly and efficiently. Visual communication includes conferences, presentations, websites, and social media posts. 


    Advantages of visual communication


    The benefits of visual communication are as follows:

    • Visual communication helps in more effective information delivery than verbal explanation.

    • Communicating a piece of information visually helps the audience better retention and understanding.

    • Visual communication is more engaging and attention-grabbing compared to an oral speech or a piece of a written document.

    • Visual elements like images and videos are better at evoking an emotional response from the audience than a set of spoken or written words.

    • Using catchy and appealing visual aids like an interesting product video helps brands reach their target market more effectively while reinforcing the brand’s image and credibility.

    Disadvantages of visual communication


    The pointers below highlight the limitations of visual communication:

    • Visual communication is ineffective for presenting specific topics or subject matter, such as plans, policies, rules and recommendations.

    • Since visual communication tends to be precise and to the point, it is unsuitable for displaying detailed information.

    • Visual communication can be expensive, mainly because of the media or channels involved.

    • Accuracy is essential in visual communication, particularly in charts, graphs and tables. Lack of accuracy leads to the spread of misinformation and incorrect data.

    Barriers to effective communication

    Regardless of whether you are communicating verbally, non-verbally, visually, or through written words, barriers can disrupt information flow and communication. Thus, identifying and eliminating or reducing these barriers is the key to effective communication.


    The common barriers to effective communication are:


    1. Noise distractions and interference 

    2. Physical barriers

    3. Perceptual barriers

    4. Emotional barriers


    Let’s discuss each communication barrier in detail.


    1. Noise Distractions and Interference – External and Internal Noise


    Interference and noise distractions refer to anything that stands in the way of the communication between a speaker and a listener. As such, noise can be an external element like a physical sound or internal, such as a mental distraction. Broadly, noise in communication is of the following four types:

    • Physical noise - It is the noise and interference in your surroundings, such as honking cars, loud music, crowded places, extreme temperatures, excessively bright light, mobile notifications, pop-up ads and spam, and so on.

    • Physiological noise - The distraction affects how you feel and think and thus interferes with the communication process. Physiological noise can arise due to fatigue, hunger, pain, and medication effects.

    • Psychological noise - It consists of distractions that stem from a receiver’s internal thoughts and disrupts the communication process. For example, you will find it challenging to give your full attention to understanding a message if you are preoccupied with personal problems. 

    • Semantic noise - This kind of noise exists when the recipient fails to interpret the meaning of words or what they convey in a message. The use of jargon and technical language in various forms of communication is an example of semantic noise.

    2. Physical Barriers – Furniture, technology or anything that obstructs the view


    The term physical barrier refers to any physical factor or element that hinders effective communication, whether verbal, non-verbal, written or visual. Physical barriers are visible and can exist in any form, such as furniture, closed doors, walls or an advanced digital device. These structural obstructions, either natural or human-made, block seamless information flow between the sender and receiver. Time differences, distance and technical disturbances also fall within the ambit of physical barriers.

    3. Perceptual Barriers – Filtering, selection, distortion, and projection


    Perceptual barriers are a person’s internal biases that impact how they perceive their surroundings. These barriers often lead people to develop preconceived notions about other people, ideas and events, resulting in a mental block and the tendency to reject new or unfamiliar information.


    Factors that contribute to physical barriers in communication include:

    • Filtering - It refers to withholding or modifying information to manipulate a person’s reaction. For example, an employee keeping their poor sales figures from their boss or not passing on critical information to the rest of the team are examples of filtering.

    • Selection - Selection or selective perception means filtering messages to suit your own needs, and it is something that mostly happens unconsciously. You are exposed to numerous stimuli daily, and paying attention to every detail is practically impossible. So, you tend to pick the information that you need. While it saves time, selective perception can also disrupt effective communication.

    • Distortion - Distortion refers to the loss of meaning of a message or the meaning getting warped during its transmission. It mainly results from misrepresentation or misinterpretation of the message, lack of information about it, or faulty communication channels. Human perception can also lead to distortions and alter the original meaning of a message because of misunderstanding. 

    • Projection Projection is the tendency to ascribe one’s attributes to others, leading to a poor understanding of others and standing in the way of effective communication. When you project your characteristics on people, you take it for granted that they are similar to you. For instance, if you are honest, you tend to assume that others are equally honest and trustworthy.

    4. Emotional Barriers – Psychological state, self-concept and past experience


    Emotional barriers to communication refer to mental limitations that prevent you from communicating effectively and keep you from being your authentic self. An emotional barrier to communication can result from a person’s psychological state, self-concept or past experiences.

    • Psychological state - The psychological health of the sender and the recipient significantly impacts communication. If you are mentally unwell or preoccupied with other things, you will be inattentive, retain little or no information, interpret messages negatively and jump to conclusions. 

    • Self-concept - Self-concept refers to the perception a person has of themselves. It shapes how a person thinks and feels about themselves, their views and opinions, how they perceive others and their communication with others.  As such, poor self-concept and an inflated sense of self are both detrimental to effective communication.

    • Past experiences - A person’s past experiences are common communication barriers in their personal or professional life. For instance, if you have a bitter encounter with a colleague, you will tend to boycott them in the future and avoid interacting with them, let alone sort out the conflict. In this case, you let one unpleasant experience ruin a professional relationship.  

    Effective Communication is a Skill You Can Learn

    Communicating clearly and effectively is a life skill you can learn with time and effort. It is essential for your personal relationships and helps you build healthy relations at the workplace. Whether you are just starting your career or you hold a senior position, being an effective communicator is a valuable trait for success.


    Here are five tips to help you get started with learning the art of effective communication:

    1. Be Clear, Concise and Consistent


    Aim for the three Cs of effective communication: clarity, conciseness and consistency. 


    To ensure clarity in communication, identify your key message or the idea/information you want your audience to imbibe. Identifying and developing your key messages will help you focus on what you want to say and maintain clarity in communication. Equally important is keeping your message concise. Short and direct sentences enable you to focus on what you are speaking with a higher chance of getting the message across to the audience. Lastly, be consistent in your communication. Consistency means repeating your key messages as often as needed or being responsive and proactive in your communication.


    2. Be Genuine


    Being genuine in your communication means speaking and listening authentically while respecting yourself and others.


    When you communicate authentically, you bring your genuine thoughts and experiences, showing that you respect yourself and others. Being direct and honest in communication also makes you more confident and inspires people to pay attention to you. Neil Patel, author and social influencer, believes authenticity means “staying true to who you are, what you do, and who you serve.” Extrapolating this idea to the professional sphere, Patel says that companies must first define their core goals, values and beliefs and prove that these exist at the core of the business.


    3. Be Considerate and Respectful


    Respect and communication go hand-in-hand, which is equally valid for communication in a workplace. Regarding workplace communication skills, showing consideration and respect through communication is the key to lasting professional relationships. 


    Whether casually conversing with your colleague or boss, negotiating a business deal or pitching an idea, you must not compromise respect and common courtesy. Being considerate and respectful implies that you are polite, courteous and kind. You actively listen and refrain from insulting or ridiculing others, regardless of your mutual history with the other person. Irrespective of personal differences and disagreements, respecting everyone equally, valuing others’ opinions, empathising with them and avoiding being overly condescending or criticising.

    4. Listen Well


    Listening is key to effective communication, especially in the workplace. Being an effective communicator not only means that you speak well but also requires that you are an active listener.


    Talking of a workplace, good listening skills go a long way in boosting productivity, efficiency and the general work environment. After all, it is for a good reason that many successful entrepreneurs and leaders consider listening skills the key to success. To quote Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, “To make it in the entrepreneurial world, you need to listen more than you talk.” In a LinkedIn post, the self-made billionaire further says, “Nobody learned anything by hearing themselves speak.” When you listen actively, you not only hear what the other person has to say but also pay attention to how they say it, their tone of voice and body language.


    5. Respond Appropriately


    Responding appropriately is as crucial as listening actively when you are communicating. While some require you to say something relevant, other situations may demand no response. 


    The key to responding appropriately is knowing when you need to react and when you must not. For example, a formal setting like a business meeting with a client may require you to give relevant responses to the client’s queries. On the contrary, if a distressed friend is telling you their troubles, they probably just want you to lend an ear to them. In the second situation, you need not respond much but simply listen in a way that shows you care. To respond appropriately, you must first learn to listen actively. Actively listening includes gestures like eye contact, occasional nodding, a positive body posture, asking questions and giving short verbal prompts such as “I see” and “mhm.”

    Techniques for Effective Communication

    Effective communication builds healthy relationships, whether at home, at work or in social situations. From a business perspective, poor communication is frustrating and disruptive and causes huge financial losses for companies. One lost e-mail or misinterpreted message can ruin years of hard work and lead to project failures and loss of clients. Therefore, effective communication in the workplace is essential for all, regardless of position or seniority.


    Here’s a list of tips and techniques anyone can apply to become an effective communicator and improve interpersonal relationships:

    1. Listen (and reflect) to others


    Reflective listening improves communication by enhancing the listener’s understanding of what the speaker has to say. Thus, practising reflective listening can improve your ability to perceive and understand others’ messages and ideas. However, reflecting does not mean you bombard the speaker with questions or lead the conversation elsewhere with a new topic. 


    The two main reflecting techniques are mirroring and paraphrasing. Mirroring involves repeating almost precisely what the other person says but keeping it short and simple. On the other hand, paraphrasing means using your own words to reflect the speaker's words, showing that you actively listen and try to understand what the speaker is saying.


    2. Pay attention to your body language


    Body language involves non-verbal cues you can use to communicate your message. Since non-verbal communication is just as crucial as the words you use, it is paramount that you pay attention to your body language while communicating. What you convey through your body language can impact the other person’s ability to speak or listen and therefore decide the effectiveness of the communication.


    For example, conveying your anger or discomfort through your body language (clenched fists or fidgety behaviour) can make others feel uneasy or unsafe, preventing them from paying attention to what you are saying. You can adopt a more positive body language by maintaining eye contact and smiling appropriately to convey compassion. Nod occasionally to show that you are listening, respond with positive affirmations and maintain a posture that does not imply arrogance or disdain.


    3. Keep an open mind


    Open-mindedness in communication involves more than being receptive to new ideas and perspectives. It also includes an understanding of your shortcomings and accepting that having limitations is natural and human. Although you may disagree with someone, being open-minded means accepting that the other person’s viewpoint might be worth exploring, even if it may not align with your expertise.


    Start by letting go of control and making space for new thoughts and ideas. Once you open up your mind to new ideas, you will be more receptive to change and reconsider how you view the world. While seeing things from a different perspective allows you to learn, it also increases your chances of failure. However, make those mistakes and learn from them. Most importantly, be truthful and honest enough to accept your flaws.


    4. Don’t let fear hold you back


    Your fear limits your potential, and it is true even in the case of effective communication. Fear stops you from trying something new and convinces you to believe that the ideal opportunity will present itself to you. In communication, the fear of judgment, ignorance or embarrassment keeps you from being your true self and expressing your thoughts and ideas openly.


    Start by confronting conversations that you feel are least intimidating and work your way up to more challenging conversations. Try communicating about your communication fear with your partner, friend or someone who is already aware of the situation. Being open about your fear and acknowledging it will ease the pressure and make your task easier. If your fear of communication stems from an underlying issue like low self-esteem, try seeking professional help to navigate the problem.


    5. Inject some humour


    Humour not only amuses and entertains but also serves to break the ice in awkward or tense situations. However, it does not imply joking around mindlessly. Humour in the right amount can make workplace communication more effective. 


    Think of a presentation. Most people may think that presenting at a conference or meeting has to be a strictly serious affair with no place for fun or absurdity. Although humour in such situations may be considered unprofessional, it raises the room's energy and nudges participants to pay attention. However, the presenter must use humour cautiously, lest they embarrass or offend anyone. Humour is one of the key communication skills, and when used correctly, it is an effective way to connect with the audience and make interactions more memorable and impactful.

    Why an Online Effective Communication Course is Better Than Offline Effective Communication Course

    Are you unable to decide whether to opt for an online communication course or enrol on its offline counterpart? Well, you are not alone! 


    Take a look at these benefits of an online effective communication course over traditional programs and choose the one that suits your learning needs.


    • Time and cost - Online communication courses are time-saving and cost-effective. On the contrary, offline programs are more time-intensive and are generally more expensive.

    • Flexibility - Since online programs have a flexible schedule, you can take classes according to your own time and pace. Offline courses have a rigid schedule with no room for adjustments.

    • Learning pace - You can determine your learning pace in an online communication program. However, an offline program will require you to complete the course within a limited time, regardless of whether you are learning.

    • Location - Online communication classes take place on virtual platforms. Unlike offline programs, you do not need to travel to a campus to take classes. That way, you save both time, money and energy.

    • Accessibility - Most importantly, online programs provide unlimited access to educational resources. Plus, you can access these resources at any time of the day instead of relying on a fixed number of office hours.

    Effective Communication Course Syllabus

    Communication affects every aspect of your life, from a casual conversation with a friend over coffee to how you present yourself in the workplace. How you communicate with those around you decides the quality of your personal and professional relationships. It is a crucial determinant of success in the workplace and happiness in private life.


    You can sign up for a communication course if you want to master effective communication skills. These programs are available across online platforms to help you learn the fundamentals of communication and overcome any barriers that may be obstructing your ability to communicate with confidence.


    Although the specifics of the syllabus these programs follow vary with the platform, a course on effective communication ideally covers the following topics:

    • Recognising and understanding various communication styles

    • Verbal communication

    • Non-verbal communication

    • Written communication

    • Developing conversational skills 

    • Group communication

    • Barriers to communication

    • Disagreements and conflicts

    • Conflict resolution techniques

    • Negotiation

    • Criticism

    • Cultural aspects of communication

    • Communications technology

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    What is communication?

    Communication is conveying information from one place, person or group to another. It involves giving, receiving and sharing information verbally, non-verbally, in writing, visually or electronically.

    What are the five types of communication?

    The five types of communication can be broadly classified into verbal, non-verbal, written, visual and active listening.

    What are the elements of effective communication?

    Some key elements of effective communication are active listening, body language, empathy, confidence, clarity, consistency, conciseness, respect, open-mindedness and feedback.

    What is the art of communication?

    The art of communication is an individual’s ability to give, receive and share information effectively. It involves good speaking, reading, writing and listening skills.

    What are the types of communication styles?

    The four basic communication styles are: passive, aggressive, assertive and passive-aggressive.

    What is the healthiest communication style?

    Assertive communication style is the healthiest, a sweet spot between being too passive or overly aggressive.

    Which communication style is most effective?

    The assertive communication style is the most effective since it takes an open communication approach without being overbearing. Assertive communicators express their own feelings, needs and desires while considering others’ needs.

    Can art be a form of communication?

    Art has been a powerful communication medium since time immemorial. Through art, artists can express their feelings and thoughts more effectively than can ever be possible with words.

    What are some common barriers to effective communication?

    Barriers to effective communication are classified into four types: noise distractions and interference, physical, perceptual, and emotional.

    How can I be direct and respectful?

    Being direct and respectful is a quality of assertive communication. You can be assertive in your communications by actively listening, being open-minded, getting straight to the point instead of beating around the bush, maintaining eye contact and open body language, and using more “I” statements.

    What is a communication skill?

    Communication skill is the ability of an individual to give, receive and share information effectively and with clarity. Listening, speaking, reading, writing, empathy, negotiation, and observation are different types of communication skills.

    How do you respond to aggressive communication?

    Confronting someone aggressive can be challenging. Here are some tips to respond to aggressive communication: keep calm, try injecting humour to lighten the situation, be assertive, and maintain distance.

    What are the benefits of effective communication in a workplace?

    Effective workplace communication has several benefits. It cultivates healthy professional relationships by building trust, encourages teamwork, increases engagement, boosts productivity, fuels innovation and facilitates quick conflict resolution.

    What are the 7Cs of business communication?

    The 7Cs of business communication are correctness, clarity, conciseness, concreteness, courtesy, consideration and completeness.

    What are the characteristics of effective business communication?

    Effective business communication thrives on honesty, clarity and efficiency. These traits are indispensable to inculcating healthy communication practices among employees, regardless of their position or status.