Communication as an Art
Communication can be challenging and entertaining. Being able to understand how verbal and nonverbal, written and listening communication can impact the overall interpretation is important. This paper discusses how each area impacts the line of communication and how everyone can add their own person touch to the message being delivered to inspire and motivate. Overall, communication is an art because of the way individuals can alter the perceptions depending on the amount of preparation and practice that the speaker applies to the document.
Communication as an Art
Communication is the sharing of thoughts and ideas with others through verbal, written and nonverbal skills. Communication can be classified as a combination of both art and science. When looking at science in the form of communication it can be referred to as the knowledge about a subject and have the facts to prove the information being presented. Art communication can be considered the skillful way of doing things. Everyone is unique and has their own style of communication; therefore, classifying communication more of an art than a science. When discussing the different aspects of communication there can be some crossover depending on the type of discussions and the amount of facts that have to be proven. This paper will take a look at how communication fits into the business world through verbal and nonverbal presentation of materials to written materials and then finally to the listening aspect of communication. Verbal Communication
In the workplace, there are different opportunities depending on the type of position held to present information. This can be done by relaying directions to your coworkers, leading group discussions, and training the staff. During routine conversations there is not much preparation that takes place and is considered impromptu speaking. When an individual is able to prepare for speeches or training of others the gathering of facts to support the topic is considered the part of science communication. The way the material is put together with handouts or PowerPoint presentations will vary depending on the preparer.
It is not only the materials that impacts communication, it is the presenter’s attire and mannerisms. It is important to dress appropriately for the type of presentation. The most well respected presenters wear dark colored suits and times for men while women wear skirts and blouses. Wearing flashy colors and patterns can be distracting to the audience receiving the information (Limited, F., 2009). As the presenter you want the information to attract attention not your attire.
It is also important to know your own tendencies on nonverbal cues. There are times when speakers fidget too much, pace back and forth and feel like they are yelling at the audience. The speaker may show aggressive behavior while speaking or can be just the opposite by being shy, timid, and very quiet while delivering the message. Being able to understand your own actions allows you to practice on eliminating the negative nonverbal cues. So what are positive nonverbal cues to use? The most obvious are smiling, eye contact, acknowledgement by head nodding, and the tone of voice used throughout the conversation.
When an individual is familiar with the audience and the material there is an easy flow to the presentation. When speakers are comfortable the tone of voice shows passion and the nervous tendencies are diminished. To become more comfortable with the material it is important to be prepared and practice. It doesn’t take much to be prepared when you prepare the speeches or just to watch or read the news for when you are communicating throughout your daily routines.
Have you ever sat at a restaurant and watched other people around you? The nonverbal cues used can reveal a lot about the situation. There are some conversations where...
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