Communication is a process by which by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior. Communication can also be an act by which one person gives to or receives from person information about that person's needs, desires, perceptions, knowledge, or affective states.
This communication works through a Process Model, which breaks down communication into separate parts like: Sender/Receiver-The first component of communication is the sender/receiver. Encoding- Is the process of changing thoughts and feelings into symbols. Decoding- Is the process of assigning meaning to symbols. Message -The idea, thought, feeling, or opinion to be communicated. Channel- The medium through which the message travels. Feedback - The receiver’s response to the sender’s message. Here’s how it works
To deliver your messages effectively, you must commit to breaking down the barriers that exist in each of these stages of the communication process. I’m going to begin with the message itself. If your message is too lengthy, disorganized, or contains errors, you can expect the message to be misunderstood and misinterpreted. Use of poor verbal and body language can also confuse the message. Barriers in context tend to stem from senders offering too much information too fast. When in doubt here, less is oftentimes more. It is best to be mindful of the demands on other people's time, especially in today's ultra-busy society. Once you understand this, you need to work to understand your audience's culture, making sure you can converse and deliver your message to people of different backgrounds and cultures within your own organization, in this country and even abroad.
In some contexts, the definition of meaning is fairly simple, and has to do with significance, importance, consequence or intention. However, in a more general sense, meaning often refers to something that is...
References: Cheesebro, T., O’Connor, L., & Rios, F. (2010).Communicating in the workplace. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Webster (2011) Online Dictionary
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