Effective Communication Skills

Tyler Culver

General Communication

General Communication is talking to people by, for example, face to face, on the phone, with messaging apps like Skype, Facebook, Whatsapp, SMS, video calling, debating, agreements and much more. General communication is used a lot on a day to day bases by a lot of people.

Effective general communication is by getting your point across so people can know what you're trying to say and simplifying things to break it down to its point. It's good to talk clear and simplify what you're saying so the other people doesn't have to ask to repeat what you said, not everyone likes to hear "Can you repeat that please?" after everything said. It's also good to make sure you don't talk super fast so people can understand you easier. Ineffective communication could be misheard and taken to offence and possibly worse.

Interpersonal Communication

Interpersonal Communication is how you talk as a person, it's often relative to your emotions, feelings, attitude, etc. If you're happy, smiling and laughing you'll often be a positive person to yourself and others around you. Being happy and nice to clients, customers or just anyone gives you and/or your company a good reputation.

If you're sad, angry, or just not happy you could often bring other people around you down and affect them with your negativity, you could also try and just get things over with and have a negative reputation for yourself, others, clients, customers, and a company.

Written Communication

Written Communication is used everywhere you go in some way, shape or form, either my hand, email or SMS. It's requires for a lot of things to have good or very high written communication skills so you can get a point across with a simple message for people to understand.

If you don't have good written communication skills it could often impact the receiver's ability to read or even understand what you've sent. You need to make sure you're staying on topic and getting your point across and that your grammar and spelling are of high standards. If your email, CV or message is all sloppy like "hey wuu2 2day" or putting emoticons on emails to people / employers might not even look twice at your email, CV or text.

If you don't have good written communication skills and you're writing a email to your boss or client for your company, it could possibly damage your reputation.

Barriers for Communication

Effective General Communication Barriers

A barrier for effective general communication could be what you, or someone else has said has been misheard and taken a different way such as, if you're telling someone to do a task in specific order like XYXXYZ and you don't make it clear to them in what order either by email, calling, talking or text they could possibly do anything other than XYXXYZ, they could do XYXYXZ, and depending on the case it could possibly end badly for you, the client, employer and / or company.

To overcome this barrier make sure you keep your instructions, tasks or points clear with good spelling and grammar and possibly even repeat what you've said or send them an email with written instructions.

Effective Interpersonal Communication Barriers

A barrier for effective interpersonal communication could simply be low self-esteem. Having low self-esteem could mean you might not want to do something because you feel like you can't achieve what someone has asked for, maybe it's going on stage and reading something and you don't have the confidence to do so or you're nervous.

To overcome this barrier, make sure you stay connected to yourself and believe in yourself, be a non-judgmental person and just accept yourself and others around you no matter what. Clear your mind when it comes to things you're nervous about or not confident about and just take it as it comes. If you're reading something make sure you know what you're reading and know what the words mean / are pronounced.

Effective Written Communication Barriers

A barrier for effective written communication could be spelling and grammar, if you're sending an important email or message to your CEO or client bad spelling and grammar could possibly give them the wrong idea or just not make any sense at all.

To overcome this barrier make sure your spelling is all correct and your grammar is too, else the person reading it might have no idea what is being said. It's never a good idea not to spell check emails or CVs before you send them, if the company you applied for has seen the bad spelling or grammar mistakes, they might just throw your email or CV away and won't even get back to you and tell you why.