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HECMA Program Communication Skills. Ms. Sandra Gorman. Building Communication Skills. Think of a time when a friend didn ’ t understand what you were trying to say. Write two or three sentences that describe the situation. What is communication?.

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building communication skills
Building Communication Skills
  • Think of a time when a friend didn’t understand what you were trying to say.
  • Write two or three sentences that describe the situation
what is communication
What is communication?

The exchange of information through the use of words or actions

There are three parts to communication

  • The sender
  • The receiver
  • The message
miscommunication
Miscommunication
  • What might prevent or stop a message from getting through to a receiver?
communication
Communication
  • When you express yourself clearly & understand other people, you can communicate effectively.
  • The better you communicate, the stronger your relationships are likely to be.
  • Good communication skills can help you succeed in all parts of your life.
verbal communication
Verbal Communication
  • Expressing feelings, thoughts or experiences with words, either by speaking or writing.
  • You read a book, a magazine, an internet site or a street sign.
  • You keep in touch with people by phone, in person and by writing letters and emails.
  • It lets you enjoy television, radio and films
nonverbal communication
Nonverbal Communication
  • Getting messages across without using words.
  • Body Language: postures, gestures and facial expressions to send messages.
  • You can send a clear message when you don’t say anything at all.
  • Smile, wave, high-five, cross arms, frown
nonverbal communication1
Nonverbal Communication
  • Body language is a powerful tool. It can give your words extra meaning.
  • It can also send messages you are NOT aware of.
  • Confident or Nervous speaking to a group.
communication across cultures
Communication across cultures
  • Each culture has its own ways to communicate nonverbally.
  • People in some cultures bow to show respect.
  • Others feel that making direct eye contact during conversation is disrespectful
  • Others shake hands when they first meet
  • UAE examples
communicating effectively
Communicating Effectively
  • Healthy relationships depend on good communication skills.
  • Your message must be clear
  • You must listen carefully and show you are interested
speaking skills
Speakingskills
  • Think about what you want to say
  • Use ‘I’ messages to express your thoughts, feelings, needs and expectations to keep the focus.
  • Use TACT: the sense of what to do or say to avoid offending others. Avoid being rude or insulting.
  • Make clear simple statements. Be specific and give examples.
listening skills
Listening skills
  • Use body language to show you are listening carefully
  • Take advantage of pauses in the conversation to offer encouragement
  • Do NOT interrupt
  • When possible, mirror what you hear: repeat or rephrase the speaker’s thoughts and feelings as you understand them.
writing skills
Writing skills
  • Emails, text messages and notes
  • Writing out your thoughts
  • You can make changes before you send it

BUT there can be misunderstandings

  • They can’t always ask what you meant
  • They can’t hear your tone of voice
  • They can’t see you face or body language
misunderstanding
Misunderstanding
  • Email and instant messaging are popular forms of communication.
  • How might electronic communication lead to confusion or misunderstandings?
vocabulary
Vocabulary
  • Communication: is the exchange of information through the use of words or actions
  • Verbal communication: expressing feelings, thoughts or experiences with words either by speaking or writing.
  • Nonverbal communication: getting messages across without using words
  • Body language: use postures, gestures and facial expressions to send messages
  • Tact: the sense of what to do or say to avoid offending others. Avoid being rude or insulting