The Importance Of Effective Communication

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What Is Effective Communication? Communication is the process of sharing information, thoughts and feelings between people through speaking, writing or body language. Effective communication extends the concept to require that transmitted content is received and understood by someone in the way it was intended. However, Effective communication is about more than just exchanging information. Everyone communicates in one way or another, but very few people have mastered the skill of truly effective communication. It's also about understanding the emotion and intentions behind the information. As well as being able to clearly convey a message, you need to also listen in a way that gains the full meaning of what’s being said and makes the other person feel heard and understood. Effective communication begins with encoding, or the skill of relaying a message in a clear, direct way that allows the receiver to correctly decode your message. Decoding, another essential component…show more content…
A speech that is read, for example, rarely has the same impact as a speech that’s delivered (or appears to be delivered) spontaneously. Of course, it takes time and effort to develop the required skills for effective communication. The more effort and practice you put in, the more instinctive and effective your communication skills will become. However, the most important skill for effective communication is listening. Listening is critical because it provides direction. It helps to form good relationships and to encourage more open communication. Active listening helps move this process along. When communicating with others, we often focus on what we should say. However, effective communication is less about talking and more about listening. Listening well means not just understanding the words or the information being communicated, but also understanding the emotions the speaker is trying to
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