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5) Eliciting viewpoints from others : ask people who haven’t spoken what they think about an issue. 6) Offering feedback : give a colleague constructive comments on a project they did. 7) Mediating conflicts: if there are disagreements and conflicts, try to find middle ground that satisfies everyone. Communication is about expressing and conveying your thoughts, feelings, opinions and ideas to another person or a group of people. Good communication skills can help you keep your head up and confidently take charge of unfamiliar situations. People are more likely to listen to you, if you can express yourself well, and this is particularly useful in influencing and negotiating important personal, social or business matters. It also comes in handy while resolving conflicts and dealing with difficult people. Some people are born with effective communication skills, but others need to develop them. Developing effective communication skills requires repeated practice, which you can do by putting yourself frequently in situations where you have to interact with a variety of people. Consider joining social clubs or public speaking and debate clubs to polish up your skills. 9.3.3. COMMUNICATION IN SMALL GROUP Small group communication is, of course, the communication that is carried out within a small group. A small group is generally defined as a group that consists of at least three members or a maximum of around twelve to fifteen members. A group that has just two members or more than fifteen members would not come in the category of a small group. A small group may be a professional group, an educational group or a social group. The members belonging to it will have a common bond or interest or goal that brings them together. Even though the number of members is less in a small group, effective communication between them is still important. Let us take a look at the various aspects of effective team communication in a small group. 9.3.3.1. Importance of Team Communication Let us consider team communication with regard to the workplace. Most companies and organizations have people working in small teams. This has been found to be more effective and productive than a single individual toiling away at a project. When you have three, four or more people working on an issue, you have the advantage of having access to more ideas and solutions for the project. Such groups will have more checking safeguards against any flaws in the plan and will be able to establish more network connections. When compared to a single person, a group is also more likely to take on and complete large-scale, complex projects, efficiently and quickly. However, for the team to operate smoothly, there must be open and efficient communication between its members.
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