Everyday we communicate with different people. But do you know how good are you in expressing yourself? Do you even know if the person you are talking with understood you? How much of those expressed words or actions were properly delivered and understood accurately? Hence it is time to do some self-reflection and see if you are indeed an effective communicator.
First of all, what is communication? Most definitions point out that it is the mutual interchange of any forms of beliefs, feelings and ideas among a group. It is therefore considered to be continuous given that a dynamic interaction should always take place.
As stated before, communication takes up different kinds of form. Everyone is familiar with written communication. While you are reading this, I am definitely communicating already with you. The effectiveness of my written communication will only heightened when you, the reader, gradually understand what I am pointing out as the words flow into your mind while reading. If ever a reader of mine failed to understand what I am implying with the words I am using, the communication then is considered to be ineffective.
Another form of communication is through spoken words. It is what we call verbal communication. In order for the communication in this form to be effective, one must be able to understand the words delivered by another party. How does this happen? They should be using the same medium of expression and that is known as language. It becomes even more effective if feedback is introduced. Feedback is the thought produced by the receiver of message. It is generally the reaction of the receiver to the giver of the message. As they go on with their verbal communication, effectiveness is highly inevitable when there is exchange, argument, verification and questioning in their statements.
We now proceed to the third form of communication and is considered to be the most difficult to achieve effectiveness with – nonverbal communication. It generally refers to any unspoken gestures, facial expressions and postures. In actuality, vocal quality and intonation is considered here. In short, nonverbal communication is also known as body language. It may be the most difficult, but nonverbal communication is always present. Thus, it is impossible then for people to not communicate. Even silence has meaning, remember that!
Knowing the different forms of communication may give you a hint already in order to improve your communication skills. In order for one to be able to accurately deliver a message to another person, the three previously stated forms of communication – written, verbal and nonverbal – must form a congruency. Effective communication will soon follow.