L33T Index communication skills
Explaining barriers and different skills
Effective Communication - General Communication:
For communication to take place there must be a listening or watching audience. This can be face-to-face, video call or even just a conversation using a telephone. People must adapt for conversations, with different people. This is as simple as speaking in an informal manner to friends and family, as a opposed to a very formal manner when speaking to someone you have never met before or someone with power over you. When speaking to someone of a different background you should bare in mind how words have different meanings in different locations. An example of that would be in American English a room that has a toilet is called a "Restroom." Whilst in British English Restroom would be considered as a room that people can take a break away from something they are doing. The key part of General communication is simply keeping the audience interested and finding the best specific technique that will keep your audiences attention. This may mean changing the tone of your voice if you think they have stopped paying attention, or presenting your speech in a different format through singing or rhyme depending on your audiences interests.
Effective Communication - Interpersonal Communication:
Effective Communication - Written Communication:
Effective Communication - General Communication - Barriers:
In order to try and overcome these barriers there are some general tips and strategies that you can try. These include listening to other people properly, and sending them the message in your tone and facial expressions that you are. You must always look directly at the person who is talking and input in the conversation when you can by nodding or laughing. Another way to show that you're listening to someone is asking questions or mentioning related things to what they're saying. That way they at least are aware that you're both on the same page.
Effective Communication - Interpersonal Skills - Barriers:
The tips and strategies in order to overcome Interpersonal skill barriers are very similar to the ones of general communication. The main other skill is adapting how you speak to different people. For example, phrases that you'd say to your friends such as "mate" or "pal" should not be said to your boss or teacher. A person with good Interpersonal skills can speak formally to the relevant people and casually to close friends and family outside of the workplace.
Effective Communication - Written Skills - Barriers
Writing is effective when it communicates a message and achieves your purpose.
Sometimes barriers to communication can prevent understanding of the message, making writing ineffective. Sometimes barriers can lessen the credibility of your message. For example, if you send a letter without proofreading it for correct spelling and grammar, your reader may not understand all of the words, or may be annoyed since you seem not to have taken the time to communicate clearly. Either reaction is a barrier for you in communicating with your reader. Or you may have asked a colleague to help you with an urgent project, but you realise that she has been encouraged by her manager to cut back on her workload. This presents a barrier for your request that you need to consider; otherwise, your request is bound to receive a poor reception.
Another way to think of these barriers to communication is to view them as noise that interferes in the communication process. If you are speaking to someone face-to-face in a very noisy room, it can be difficult (although not impossible) to communicate your message. That is an example of physical noise that prevents communication. Perceptual barriers, semantic barriers and cultural barriers are examples of noise that can interfere with written communication.
For overcoming written skills barriers there are a few tips an tricks that you can do. These include asking for someone to proof read your work or letter before you send it. Sometimes it is difficult to find mistakes in something that you did yourself, by asking another pair of eyes to read it they can spot things that you might not otherwise of been able to. Similarly to the Interpersonal skills using different type of language for certain people is a key skill. An example of this is using slang words on text messages to friends, and not to important emails to teachers or your boss. Learning when to separate these instances and when talking in slang is acceptable and when it isn't, is a great way to having good written skills.