The challenge of communication begins when a baby inhales its first breath and exhales a cry. Mothers anticipate the babies every need by watching body language and listening for various cries. Parents enjoy mouthing simple words; waiting for that first cooing sound that means "Ma Ma or Da Da" is on the language horizon. At first the words are simple but before long those toddlers are increasing their vocabulary on a daily basis. Communication is a constant work in progress throughout our lives both professionally and personally. Communication is expressing our thoughts, emotions, knowledge, and expertise so that others can understand; developing listening skills in order to understand communication from other sources. Technology has developed many tools to assist with communication but it is our responsibility to execute effective communication and build strong relationships in the family, workplace, community, nation, and the world.
In today's high tech communication environment, it is hard to believe that effective communication is still a major challenge facing organizations.
Our modes of communication have come a long way from the pen and paper, smoke signals, telegraph, and pony express. Today, we enjoy the convenience of technological devices such as cell phones, computers, and faxes, which allow us to be globally connected within seconds. Yet, from the president to the pauper we have difficulty effectively communicating information.
Why is effective communication such a challenge with all our advancements in technology? We need to define communication before answering that question. According to Sarah Fenson communication is, "an exchange or communion with anotherÃ¢ÂÂ¦communion demands that we listen and speak skillfully, not just talk mindlessly." (Fenson, 2000) We make the mistake that much talking equals much communication and that is a wrong assumption. There are contributing factors that influence effective communication. First, we are all different and perceive communication...