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The importance of communication: why and how to communicate correctly (part 1)

Communication is essential in social life because it is the foundation of all human relationships and the process by which people manage to convey emotions, feelings, or information. It allows us to express ourselves while also understanding those around us. As a result, knowing how to communicate correctly and effectively is essential.

How communication can be defined

Communication is a form of psychosocial interaction between people that uses language or other codes to convey information in the form of messages, news, signs, texts, or symbolic gestures. This set of actions is carried out by at least two interlocutors, the sender and the receiver. 

The concept of communication is inextricably linked to our existence as humans, but interactions between people can be influenced by a variety of factors, including the emotions of those involved, the cultural situation, the environment, and even the location used to communicate.

The complexity of the entire process is also one of the reasons why communication skills are highly valued. The role of communication is more important than simply sending or receiving a message, as many authors have attempted to emphasize. 

How many forms of communication are there

The value of communication is demonstrated on a daily basis in almost any environment where people interact with one another. You’ve managed to initiate an act of communication with another person, whether you’re nodding your head or just nodding your head. This does not imply that you have discussed it correctly; however, it takes time and practice. 

Intrapersonal communication occurs when we debate things with ourselves, interpersonal communication occurs when we converse with another person, group communication occurs when we communicate with a group of people, and mass communication occurs when we communicate with a large group of people. There are four types of communication that most of us use on a daily basis:

Verbal/oral communication

This language is used to communicate effectively by transferring information through speech or signs.

Nonverbal communication

People, in general, seek to understand only verbal messages, failing to recognize that closed body language, such as folded arms, conveys the fact that the discussion partner is restless or nervous. We can communicate more accurately and understand the importance of communicating beyond words if we learn to read the signals of others.

Visual communication

Drawings, sketches, photographs, diagrams, or graphs are used to exchange information in these forms of communication. Visual communication is frequently used during presentations to provide context in addition to verbal communication.

Written communication

Even when we write a message, we print symbols, letters, and numbers, and we must emphasize communication to express ourselves clearly.

The importance of professional communication

Most employers prioritize communication skills over other qualifications or work experience. At work, we build relationships with the people around us through communication, but we must be very careful about what we say in a professional setting.

If you work with people who are difficult to persuade and automatically reject your ideas, you can try to motivate others and be more convincing.