I am always irritated with people who are bad listeners but I realized that sometimes this can also be the speaker’s fault.
In today’s class, we are going to look into the basics of communication. Normally to achieve effective communication, a series of ideas exchange, thoughts, knowledge,and information occurs with set a purpose.
Just delivering a message is not enough; it must meet your purpose. Always keep this in mind.
- Information source: this is a very crucial stage, this is the time your brain generates the message and it has to ensure it clear, concise, and complete.
- The transmitter: here you will need to be able to speak your heart/brain out but also remember now our message needs to trigger a signal in the receiver’s brain. You will need to adjust your language, volume, pace and your body language needs to match your purpose.
Listening is an important part of connecting with and learning from others, whether it’s a close friend, boss, or family member. A good listener understands the lives and needs of others, as well as absorbs information. Listening is much more than hearing; it requires active although mostly silent participation to create a mutual interaction that builds communication, trust, and even compassion.
- Receiver: this is your time to be fully present at the moment as a listener. It involves more than your ears but all your five senses need to actively work together to grasp and absorb all signals sent by the speaker. The real message is in the way it is being conveyed than just words.
- Destination: time to process the message. Not all messages require a verbal response but some require registering this is the time compartment all that and judge what to do.
At this point, I expect anyone who paid attention to the diagram to have discovered that I skipped a block. What is the noise that stops you from receiving messages? If we were using an electrical transmission line we would say these are the physical obstacles such as mountains, distance, light, and dead ends, but no we are talking about our brains. Noises are any distractions from both parties that can occur during the sending or receiving of the message and it is always important for all of us as individuals to always try and identify them. These can be our own thoughts and judgments or outside choices we make such as using our phones while listening or talking.
Thus, we can say that the significant purpose of communication is to pass on the information to the receiver in such a manner that it does not lose its significance. At the same time, the message must be received in its purest form.
Dear all these were the basics of communication systems in their purest human form.