Communication

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How can you help your students understand communication? 

In today’s society there are alternative methods for exchanging ideas or communicating with one another.  However, the ability to encode, channel, decode, receive feedback and understand context and culture are the critical link between core functions and performance.

When there is effective communication in an organization there will not only be trust but productivity improvement as well.  Research that spans several decades focuses on communication skills as crucial for leadership effectiveness and job performance in the workplace.  One such report states that as much as 75% to 80% of time in the workplace is engaged in some form of written or oral communication.  In today’s society there are alternative methods for exchanging ideas or communicating with one another.  However, the ability to encode, channel, decode, receive feedback and understand context and culture are the critical link between core functions and performance.

The purpose of communication is to get your message across to others in a clear and concise manner.  Although the delivery of a message rests mainly with the sender of the message there are roles for the receiver.  In addition, there are ways to incorporate different forms of communication in a message in order to reach your receiver more effectively-- avoiding misinterpretation and confusion.  Communication is not only key in effective job performance; it is key in the ability to reach unforeseen opportunities and excel performance.

 

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How might you challenge your students to understand communication when dealing with different cultures and countries?  Could students determine methods for delivering instructions and practice effective and ineffective ways in their delivery to the class?  Where would the opportunity to utilize technology in communicating with others be effective and where would it be a hindrance?  How will they know when to use technology?  When formulating thoughts in writing how will they know they have communicated effectively?  In working with others in the classroom how will they know if their ideas are being received as they intended?