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How well you communicate?

Updated on March 10, 2009


Communication is a never ending journey of discovery of ourselves and of others. We can watch ourselves and those around us communicate everyday and go on learning how to communicate more clearly, successfully and elegantly.


Communication is a central part of our lives.  Every day, in many ways we communicate. We communicate our thoughts, our feelings and our desires. We communicate whether and how much we like and respect someone. We communicate happiness, uncertainty, delight and misery. The way we communicate reflects our innermost selves, our skill and our confidence. It highlights our talent and our accomplishments. It indicates how much love and respect we have for others. Our ability to communicate has a direct bearing on our friendship, promotions, our pay rises, responsibilities and our career paths. It affects directly the level of support and help we receive from others. How well we gather and give information, ideas and feelings determines how well we solve problems, make decisions, reach agreements and resolve disagreements.


Verbal or written, symbolic, nonverbal, intentional or unintentional, active or passive, communication is essential to almost everything we do. In daily life, most of us spend between 50 to 75 percent of our waking time communicating in writing, face to face, inside our heads or over the telephone. Communication is critical to our success. Thanks to communication, we can accomplish many of our aims and ambitions.


The need to communicate is universal and transcends every man-made classification based on language, place or culture. It is evident from above discussion that good communication skills are crucial to succeed in every walk of life.


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      shibashake 8 years ago

      I definitely agree. One of my pet peeves is that there is so little focus on teaching "communication" to kids in school. I wish they taught social psychology and behavior psychology in my elementary and high school. Not only is the area very interesting, but it is something you can use for your entire life.