L33t Index Newsletter
There are three separate sections for Effective Communication. They consist of:
Cultural differences and adaptability are both examples of General Communication. People from different cultures have different meanings linked to their body language, gestures and facial expressions. For example; in Russia it is offensive to smile at somebody as they believe it to mean you are calling them stupid; or how patting somebody on the head in Asia is considered inappropriate and offensive as the head is considered a sacred part of the body.
Forms of written communication include letters, or more modernly, emails and instant messaging. With instant messaging, we were introduced to emoticons - small, expressive images of cartoon-like faces used to express ones emotions at any given moment. Spelling and grammar also play a big part in written communication and verify the formality of a piece of writing. If your writing is intended for a friend, the chances are you've used some slang terms and emoticons in your text whereas if it was intended for your boss then you probably take an extra couple of minutes to ensure your spelling, punctuation and grammar are correct before sending the message off.
Barriers to Effective Communication
For effective communication, you must prevent the effect of communication barriers as much as you can. There are different types of barriers each different type of communication.