Communication is the process of passing information from the sender to the receiver through some selected channel that will be understandable to the recipient.
Communication is important in our everyday activities. We can communicate using voice or through body language.
Communication (from the Latin communicare, meaning "to share" or "to be in relation with")is "an apparent answer to the painful divisions between self and other, private and public, and inner thought and outer world."As this definition indicates, communication is difficult to define in a consistent manner, because in common use it refers to a very wide range of different behaviours involved in the propagation of information. John Peters argues the difficulty of defining communication emerges from the fact that communication is both a universal phenomenon (because everyone communicates) and a specific discipline of institutional academic study. (Wikipedia extract).
For a communication to be well understood by the receiver the information being sent Should be straight and direct and the medium used to pass such information should be the one the receiver will be able to decipher.
Types of communication
We have just two types of communication which is verbal and non-verbal communication.
Verbal communication is the use of words to share information with other people. It can therefore include both spoken and written communication. However, many people use the term to describe only spoken communication.
Types of verbal communication.
Speaking to yourself is intrapersonal communication. Silent thoughts are also considered intrapersonal communication even though no words are physically pronounced.
Conveying of information that occurs between two people using language is interpersonal communication. This type of communication occurs between two or more people.
Small Group Communication:
Small group communication is when there are more than two people involved in the exchange of information. This is not a communication that involves large numbers of people.
Public communication as the name implies involves crowds, large numbers of people in transmission of information. Public communication is directed at a larger audience and is less restricted in its target group than small group communication.
Non_verbal communication is the transmission of information / message through body language, facial expressions, gestures, created space and more. For example, smiling when you meet someone conveys friendliness, acceptance and openness. Everyone uses nonverbal communication all the time whether they know it or not.
Types of non_verbal communication.
The way you sit or stand can also communicate your comfort level, professionalism and general disposition towards a person or conversation.
While gestures vary widely across communities, they are generally used both intentionally and unintentionally to convey information to others.
For example we have thumbs up, weaving of the hands etc
Paralanguage includes the non-language elements of speech, such as your talking speed, pitch, intonation, volume and more.
Example: You might speak quickly if you are excited about something.
One of the most common forms of nonverbal communication is facial expressions. Using the eyebrows, mouth, eyes and facial muscles to convey emotion or information can be very effective. (Wikipedia extract).
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