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Communication Strategy Learning Outcomes
All along I have always considered myself an excellent communicator not until I read articles for interpersonal communication for the course SPCH 1720. I learnt that I still several areas of weaknesses that need improvement for me become a perfect communicator.
Initially, I did not give much consideration to this course and was doing it just for the sake of passing exams. However, I later realized it is one of the critical units that develop me both socially and academically. The success in both the academic and social environment depends on my ability to communicate issues to the people around me like Lecturers and fellow students. We are social beings and our ability to communicate effectively using a complex speech is what separate us from other animals. Particularly, this course improved my skills since it enabled me to learn the components of effective communications like the non-verbal cues, listening, culture and stages of perception.
I have never considered the impact of perception on effective communication between me and my friends in the past. This course introduced a new perspective in viewing communication as it is more than just taking the message, decoding then replying. It goes beyond the three steps and involve factors that are invisible or inaudible but are critical in influencing how a person receives the information (Mark, Vangelisti, & Caughlin, 2014). Firstly, it is important to create a positive perception between him or her and the audience. The perception determines whether the recipient of the information will trust the source or not. In case the source is untrustworthy- based on the impression created, then the audience is likely to ignore or misinterpret the communication. Consequently, the communication becomes ineffective and fails to achieve its purpose (Mark, Vangelisti, & Caughlin, 2014).
The three stages of creating perception include selection, organization and interpretation (Neville, 2017). Selection stage is where the mind sort out the signal which might include smell, sound or even a sight. The brain picks out only the relevant ones and ignore the rest (Neville, 2017). For example, when talking with a friend in a noisy place the brain has to filter the sounds and only pick your friend’s. After selection, the message is organized to make it relevant to the listener. At this stage, the brain associate the message with past experience and make judgement whether it is linked with positive or negative experience (Neville, 2017). The final stage of perception I learnt during the readings is interpretation where the brain gives a meaning to the signals and prompting the person to formulate the reply.
Additionally, I learned the importance of culture in effective communication. The components with regards to communication include symbols, language, values and norms (Rajiv & Yildiz, 2017). Culture influences how people think and act including the use of words. Some words are considered offensive in one culture whereas it is fine to use them in another. Therefore, it is essential to understand the cultural background of the audiences and model the message with respect to their beliefs.
Another critical element of communication is the use of non-verbal cues. Non-verbal communication if used well is as effective as the verbal communication (Mehrabian, 2017). However, it is worth noting that non-verbal communication is prone to misinterpretation due to the different meanings assigned to various signs. The meanings are often influenced by the cultural background and environment of the audience. Some of the commonly used non-verbal communication cues include facial expressions, hand gestures and use of space (Mehrabian, 2017). There is no limit to how many expressions one can use while communicating whether using non-verbal cues as support to the verbal communication or as the primary method of communication.
I also learned the role of attentive listening to effective communication. As noted earlier, communication process involve passing the information and responding to the feedback. It is only possible to get the best from your audience if you take time to listen to whatever they say before making any reply. Attentive listening benefits both the audience and the speaker as it makes them understand each other. However, listening skills are often affected by the culture and gender.
Moreover, effective communication depends on the ability to develop and maintain personal relations with the audience. People often trust and believe the information they receive from a person they have persona relations with than a stranger. Building personal relationships also help in doing away with the stereotypes which in result in improved communication between parties. Additionally, it also help in the cross-cultural understanding of the non-verbal cues used in communication hence promoting interactions between different cultures.
Finally, this course has made understand the importance of communication between me and friends. The nature of communication I have within my friendship cycle also depends on the nature of friendship and gender. Interaction with close friends tend to be more open and takes informal approach compared to those not very close. Furthermore, the gender plays a critical role on the communication between me and friends. For instance, the communication between me and male friends is totally different from the one I have with the female one,
In summary, the course SPCH1720 has really helped me in identifying my areas of weakness. I noted that my non-verbal communication and developing personal relations are still very poor. Therefore, I have resolved to work on improving this aspects to make an effective communicator.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
References
Mark, K., Vangelisti, A., & Caughlin, J. P. (2014). Interpersonal communication and human relationships. Pearson Higher Ed.
Mehrabian, A. (2017). Nonverbal communication . Routledge.
Neville, M. (2017). Attention: Selective process in pision and hearing . Routledge .
Rajiv, S., & Yildiz, M. (2017). Culture and Communication . Working Paper.
 
 
Communication Strategy
Name
Institutional Affiliation
Date
 
 
Communication Strategy Learning Outcomes
All along I have always considered myself an excellent communicator not until I read articles for interpersonal communication for the course SPCH 1720. I learnt that I still several areas of weaknesses that need improvement for me become a perfect communicator.
Initially, I did not give much consideration to this course and was doing it just for the sake of passing exams. However, I later realized it is one of the critical units that develop me both socially and academically. The success in both the academic and social environment depends on my ability to communicate issues to the people around me like Lecturers and fellow students. We are social beings and our ability to communicate effectively using a complex speech is what separate us from other animals. Particularly, this course improved my skills since it enabled me to learn the components of effective communications like the non-verbal cues, listening, culture and stages of perception.
I have never considered the impact of perception on effective communication between me and my friends in the past. This course introduced a new perspective in viewing communication as it is more than just taking the message, decoding then replying. It goes beyond the three steps and involve factors that are invisible or inaudible but are critical in influencing how a person receives the information (Mark, Vangelisti, & Caughlin, 2014). Firstly, it is important to create a positive perception between him or her and the audience. The perception determines whether the recipient of the information will trust the source or not. In case the source is untrustworthy- based on the impression created, then the audience is likely to ignore or misinterpret the communication. Consequently, the communication becomes ineffective and fails to achieve its purpose (Mark, Vangelisti, & Caughlin, 2014).
The three stages of creating perception include selection, organization and interpretation (Neville, 2017). Selection stage is where the mind sort out the signal which might include smell, sound or even a sight. The brain picks out only the relevant ones and ignore the rest (Neville, 2017). For example, when talking with a friend in a noisy place the brain has to filter the sounds and only pick your friend’s. After selection, the message is organized to make it relevant to the listener. At this stage, the brain associate the message with past experience and make judgement whether it is linked with positive or negative experience (Neville, 2017). The final stage of perception I learnt during the readings is interpretation where the brain gives a meaning to the signals and prompting the person to formulate the reply.
Additionally, I learned the importance of culture in effective communication. The components with regards to communication include symbols, language, values and norms (Rajiv & Yildiz, 2017). Culture influences how people think and act including the use of words. Some words are considered offensive in one culture whereas it is fine to use them in another. Therefore, it is essential to understand the cultural background of the audiences and model the message with respect to their beliefs.
Another critical element of communication is the use of non-verbal cues. Non-verbal communication if used well is as effective as the verbal communication (Mehrabian, 2017). However, it is worth noting that non-verbal communication is prone to misinterpretation due to the different meanings assigned to various signs. The meanings are often influenced by the cultural background and environment of the audience. Some of the commonly used non-verbal communication cues include facial expressions, hand gestures and use of space (Mehrabian, 2017). There is no limit to how many expressions one can use while communicating whether using non-verbal cues as support to the verbal communication or as the primary method of communication.
I also learned the role of attentive listening to effective communication. As noted earlier, communication process involve passing the information and responding to the feedback. It is only possible to get the best from your audience if you take time to listen to whatever they say before making any reply. Attentive listening benefits both the audience and the speaker as it makes them understand each other. However, listening skills are often affected by the culture and gender.
Moreover, effective communication depends on the ability to develop and maintain personal relations with the audience. People often trust and believe the information they receive from a person they have persona relations with than a stranger. Building personal relationships also help in doing away with the stereotypes which in result in improved communication between parties. Additionally, it also help in the cross-cultural understanding of the non-verbal cues used in communication hence promoting interactions between different cultures.
Finally, this course has made understand the importance of communication between me and friends. The nature of communication I have within my friendship cycle also depends on the nature of friendship and gender. Interaction with close friends tend to be more open and takes informal approach compared to those not very close. Furthermore, the gender plays a critical role on the communication between me and friends. For instance, the communication between me and male friends is totally different from the one I have with the female one,
In summary, the course SPCH1720 has really helped me in identifying my areas of weakness. I noted that my non-verbal communication and developing personal relations are still very poor. Therefore, I have resolved to work on improving this aspects to make an effective communicator.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
References
Mark, K., Vangelisti, A., & Caughlin, J. P. (2014). Interpersonal communication and human relationships. Pearson Higher Ed.
Mehrabian, A. (2017). Nonverbal communication . Routledge.
Neville, M. (2017). Attention: Selective process in pision and hearing . Routledge .
Rajiv, S., & Yildiz, M. (2017). Culture and Communication . Working Paper.