Importance of Communication
Communication is an integral instinct of all living things. The importance of communication is best understood when there is a lack of it. The following article discusses how important communication is and why it plays such a vital role in our daily lives.
There is more to communication than just talk and gesture. Listening, understanding and interpreting are as much integral to communication as words – verbal, written or gestured. Yes, even gestures in communication play a crucial role in conveying and interpreting the message! Similarly, how we communicate or express ourselves goes a great way towards determining how our expressions are interpreted. To quote Karl Popper, "It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood". Faulty or incomplete communication can completely mar the purpose of communicating and may result in damaging consequences. This is where understanding the importance of communication and communicating the right way comes into picture. Not everyone is equally endowed with the ability to effectively express himself and this is where the importance of communication skills can be truly fathomed. The importance of communication is equal in every walk of like, be it in personal, professional or social life.
The Communication Process
The communication process involves a sender or communication source, the subject matter of communication, expressions used for communicating (encoding), the medium of communication, receiver(s) of the communication and the interpretation thereof (decoding) and feedback. This can be diagrammatically represented as follows:-
SENDER >>> MESSAGE >>> ENCODING >>>