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Communication – what is it and how to become more effective

June 1st, 2021

How was everyone’s extended weekend? Did you take time to reflect on the reason for the holiday? I am so thankful for the men and women who gave their lives protecting this country. That is how much our freedom costs, their lives. This month we will be discussing communication – what it is, the struggles, and how to improve our skill level that will in-turn improve the quality of our lives. You may be thinking that is a stretch, but tune in this month as we learn together. Let’s dive into all things communication!

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines communication as “a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior.” The Free dictionary defines communication as “the exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, writing, or behavior.” I believe the combination of these two definitions gives us a more complete picture of communication. We are all aware that our words are communication, but sometimes we forget or over-look the fact that our actions and behavior are also communication and can “speak” louder/send a stronger message than our words.

We have already identified that communication is more than just the words we say, so let’s identify the other components of communication:

  1. How you say words – including the tone of your voice

  2. Why you say words – the intention of the message

  3. When you say words – point of time in conversation, time of day

  4. What you do not say – words omitted that could paint a clearer picture

  5. Your body language – facial expressions, posture, and gestures

For me, I know that I have room for improvement in the area of body language. I have been told more than once that I have no poker face. This means that I must focus and be more of an active listener to avoid miscommunication via my facial expressions. Can you identify an area where you need to practice good communication skills?

Another part of communication that we will cover later is listening. Listening creates two-way communication and completes the effective communication process as it allows you to receive information, not just provide information. Otherwise, you would just be giving a monolog and not be provided with feedback. Without feedback, we do not know if our message was received, received correctly, or understood.

Whether this is the first time reading my blog, or you are a loyal subscriber, I am so glad you tuned in this week! Do you have a friend or family member that could benefit from this blog? Tell them to subscribe!

Have a blessed week ~ Lacey

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