When we think of communication, we think of talking to others. There is more to communicating then just talking to someone. There are three ways we communicate: verbal, nonverbal, and written. Verbal communication uses sounds and language to express thoughts and ideas to someone else. When we are speaking, there are different signs and signals that we use in conversation called non-verbal communication. The mood of a conversation is set by a person’s body language. The tone in our voice tells the person what we feel about that topic. Another way to communicate is by writing messages to each other. When one sends a written message to someone, it’s usually to inform them about something such as what is going on in their life or to ask them a question. At work, people write or verbally communicate to inform people of their work in progress or of what others need to do. When a person writes a message, it is difficult to portray feelings and emotions. Because of this, the reader can interpret it differently than the sender implied. Misinterpretation of all three communication styles can affect relationships in our lives.
Our conversation affects everyone around us. From infants to grandparents, everyone communicates in some form. It is how we function as a society. Amy Lucas from livestrong.com said, “Our ancestors hunted and gathered as a collective, depending upon one another for protection, sustenance and companionship.” and later goes on to say “Our success as a species and as individuals depends upon our ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and non-verbally.” (Lucas, 2014, p.1). Us as humans need to communicate with one another.
This is how we can improve communication in our relationships with others. The first thing we can do is, to improve our relationship with others by “stop and listen to what the person has to say when they are talking. Repeat what they’re saying back to them. Make sure to explain to them why you are doing this, so they do not think they are being mocked, but use it sparingly.” Says Grohol (2009). The most thing important to any relationship is to be honest. As well as looking for body language cues. Whitaker from Ehow say “resolve conflict immediately. Address conflict when it occurs. Do not wait for a repeat incident, which can cause you to act rudely. If an incident occurs, pull that person and tell him/her that he/she has offended you. Do not do this in front of other people.”(Whitaker, N.A, p.2). Have your action speak louder than your words.
Grohol, J. (2009, April 14). 9 Steps to Better Communication Today. Retrieved from http://psychcentral.com
Lucas, A. (2014). The importance of verbal & nonverbal communication. Retrieved from www.Livestrong.com
Whitaker, C. (N.A). How to improve your human relations (get along with people). www.ehow.com
by Jimmy H