Master Of Effective Communication (1)

Master Of Effective Communication (1)

June 2, 2011 Email This Post Email This Post Print This Post Print This Post

Effective communication is complex.

Complexity is characterized by a high number of influencing factors on something. And exactly this variety of aspects is characteristic for what we call communication.

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Communication is complex...

But why is the opinion so widespread that communication is something very simple?

Well, I think this is related to the fact that communication is something each one of us seems to know very well. Communication is part of our everyday life like showering, shaving and vacuuming. And since everybody does these things so often, one could easily consider oneself being master of all these things.

That turns out as a fatal deceit as soon as we have a more detailed look at our everyday conversations: Controversy, endless discussions and separations are just a few examples of many different effects which are caused by a disturbed communication.

Does that look like there were so many masters of effective communication among us?

By the way, I would rather compare effective communication with cooking than comparing it with the things mentioned above. Generally cooking seems to be more respected in our society than the other daily tasks. Everybody knows that even a mediocre cook needs at least some basic skills in cooking and some good recipes to hand.

That’s exactly what an effective communicator needs. With this article I want to give you a good “recipe” for effective communication. With “recipe” I mean various components the basic element of any effective communication consists of: the message. You have to understand the structure of a message at first before you’re able to use this knowledge for your purposes successfully.

This work is definitely worth the efforts because this knowledge is essential for all the other communication tools you will use during your professional life.

But first I have to tell you something that won’t please you. It’s my duty to do this So please sit down. Are you ready ? O.K. :-)

A real understanding in a human conversation is not very probable. Some say it’s even impossible because of the complexity mentioned above. But there are also some good news: you are able to increase the probability of an understanding dramatically if you look a bit more into the structure of messages.

So let’s do so! Let’s try to find out what a message really is…

What Is A Message?

A message contains an information that is transported from a sender to a receiver. The form doesn’t matter in this context. It can be written, spoken or even be expressed in non-verbal signals. Usually we use acustic signals like our language that consists of many different words which means of many different sounds.

But no matter how we communicate with each other. Communication has always four different dimensions. These dimensions determine what modern communication psychologists call the different aspects of a message. These different aspects are one decisive reason for the complexity of communication. Especially of effective communication. So what are the four different aspects of a message?

Here they are:

  • Object Aspect
  • Relationship Aspect
  • Appeal Aspect
  • Self-Revelation Aspect

Please keep in mind that we always communicate. It is not possible NOT to communicate. And we do this on all four channels simultaneously. Sometimes the different messages that we send are coherent. Sometimes they’re absolutely contradictory. It depends. But this makes our communication so electrifying and diversified.

I guess there’s nothing that’s more fun than having a good and effective conversation.

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Posted in Communication on Jun 2nd, 2011, 22:27 by haukeborow