The eight essential components of communication is, source, message, channel, receiver, feedback,
environment, context, and interferences. I was working as an intern over the summer for a large company,
I have not been in that setting before. The work environment was different; I have never worked for an IT
firm before. This company had a large cafeteria in there building. The sources of the message where from
colleges and managers. I had to construct what they were telling me to do by understating their body
language and voice of tone. The meanings which were negotiated to me were commands. Do this, do
that. As a receiver you listen, see, touch, smell, and/or tase to receive a message. Almost all
conversations had feedback. If I did not understand or needed a different perceptive my feedback would
help clarify their meaning.
This questions in this activity relate to Chapter 2 in your textbook. First, develop and share your thoughts
about the definition of language. What is language? What are some of the ways language can be an
obstacle to communication? Select one of your obstacles and share your personal example/experience.
What emphasis strategies could have been employed to address any of the obstacles you identified? Be
sure to develop your ideas fully and then respond to at least 2 your colleagues.