Communicating Effectively Mindi Barker

Communicating - Communicating Communicating Effectively Mindi Barker COM200 Interpersonal Communication Instructor Paul Hubble Assignment Week

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Communicating Page 1 Communicating Effectively Mindi Barker COM200- Interpersonal Communication Instructor: Paul Hubble Assignment - Week 5 (Final Paper) March 5, 2011
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Communicating Page 2 Communication Communicating effectively is an essential skill to everyone. It is one that we learn from the moment we are born and will use each and every day. It is derived from how we are perceived by others to using verbal and non verbal communication. We use our minds, bodies and our appearance to communicate with others. Forms and styles of communication vary greatly from person to person. In this reflective paper, I will cover various aspects of communication. I will explain the principles and misconceptions in effective interpersonal communications. I will identify the barriers of effective interpersonal interactions, and how to overcome them. Lastly, I will shed light on how perceptions, emotions and nonverbal expressions affect interpersonal relationships. What defines communication? Does it consist of only a speaker or listener? Actually the answer is neither. With those, it consists of many other factors. “Communication is the process in which people share information, ideas, and feelings. It involves not only the spoken and written word but also body language, personal mannerisms, and style; anything that adds meaning to a message.” (Hybels & Weaver, pg. 8) Communication is also a process that is constantly changing. Communication is made of elements that can make it ineffective or effective. The first is the sender- receiver element, which consists of sending and receiving simultaneously. Second, is the message. The message can consist of ideas, feelings, and information the sender would like to share. The third element is channels in which the message travels to reach the receiver, which results in feedback from the recipient. Feedback is the response of the message from the sender. To round out the elements of communication, noise and setting work hand in hand. Variance within these elements is always creates a struggle to communicate. With knowledge of what makes up communication, what aspects can we use to be effective?
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Communicating Page 3 Considering what makes up your communication, you may be able to target your weaknesses and improve your skills. How did you acquire your ability to use words? Native architecture, cognitive development, and environmental influence can determine your means to effective Interpersonal communication is important because of the functions achieved. Whenever we engage in communication with another person, we seek to gain information about them. We also give off information through a wide variety of verbal and nonverbal cues. Predicting what
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This note was uploaded on 07/27/2011 for the course SCI 207 taught by Professor Blume during the Spring '10 term at Ashford University.

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Communicating - Communicating Communicating Effectively Mindi Barker COM200 Interpersonal Communication Instructor Paul Hubble Assignment Week

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