Effective Communication (I)



Communication is a fundamental part of every human contact and relationship. It is the bedrock of human relationship and should never be taken lightly. It is important to note that communication does not refer to speaking alone. Communication is defined broadly as theexchangeof information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium. In order to exchange information, there has to be a back and forth between the parties communicating. It should not be one-sided, thus both parties have to exchange information either orally, or non-orally. It is also important to note that one can communicate via body language, thus not all communication is verbal in nature.

Not all communication is effective. One can easily mistake being vocal for communicating effectively.Effective communication, albeit requiring one to be vocal, goes far beyond that requirement. While the absence of effective communication can breed misunderstanding, conflict and in general hinder forward movement, communication, when done effectively has various advantages. Here are a few of them.

Provides Clarity

Effective communication give clarity in order to stay away from any confusion. Without clarity, messages can be unclear, lacking purpose and definition. Misunderstandings usually take place as soon as people could not understand precisely what is expected of them or being communicated to. Clarity happens by means of effective communication: questioning and repeating messages to the sender.

Reduces Conflict

Conflict can arouse from the smallest word or action and can cause destructive responses and behaviors .Unsolved or poorly navigated conflict can harm and even ruin relationships.  Most conflict is cause by misunderstood communication. When you turn out to be an effective communicator, you can solve conflict and create harmony by bridging the communication gaps that create conflict. You can even use your skills to resolve conflict between other people. Effective communication skills provide a key role in successfully resolving conflict, both in personal relationships and in professional relationships.

Increases Flexibility

Effective communication is not about “you” and getting what you want… it is about becoming aware of what other people want and need and then adapting your presentation to match their needs. As you practice and develop your skills, you will find that people easily adopt your ideas because you have cleverly helped them to notice them for themselves rather than telling them about them.

Builds Stronger Relationships

A keen, healthy relationship can be best achieves in your life. Good relationships enhance every part of your life, supporting your health, mind, and your connections with others. Some relationships are special and people often come all together for several reasons. Effective communication builds strong business and personal relationships and allowing you understand exactly what people want and how to give it to them. At the same time, it allows you know how to communicate your thoughts and emotions in ways that people we automatically understand at an unconscious level.

Career Advantage

Effective communication provides people great advantage in getting good jobs which they had passion for, balancing their mood of life both in academic, moral aspect and bring out the out of life.

Makes You Amiable

With effective communication, you easily express what you want to express (say what you want to say and do what you want to do but in a way which is considerate to other peoples sensitivities. Using effective communication will aid you to understand other people well and when you understand them, you will relate to them well. When you relate well, people will like you more.

Helps You Get The Best Out of Life

You have to be assertive to get the best out of life. Assertiveness is an act of self-control. It involves understanding what we want, believing in our right to want it, and asking for it without requiring that we have our way, not violating other people right in every life activities. When you learn to communicate effectively in ways that people automatically understand, they will be delighted to help you and provide you with the resources that you need to achieve your goals and dreams.

It is therefore, highly crucial for one to acquire the skill of communicating effectively. In the next post, I shall be giving tips to help you acquire this skill.

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