Communication is essential to human life. Every aspect of our daily lives is affected by our communication with others. Research in communication has shown that humans spend approximately 70 percent of their waking time in verbal communication. The need for communication is essential in making a connection with another person or even with yourself. One might think just talking is communication. However, one of the main features in communication is having someone not only hear the message but who can create meaning from it.
One basic model of communication is Interpersonal Communication. Interpersonal Communication is the exchange of verbal and non-verbal communication between two people, the sender and the receiver, for the purpose of sharing information and obtaining feedback.
If the receiver is not receptive to what the sender is saying and the information exchanged has not been shared, then you have not achieved interpersonal communication. For example, when a boss yells at his employees, the information is not being shared it is being forced upon. One example of interpersonal communication is when a friend shares a problem he or she is having with another friend. It is information shared by two people and it involves feedback.
For effective communication, there are several steps that both the sender and receiver must follow.
Aside from the basic factors of communication such as correct pronunciation and dialect, a sender must work at finding the appropriate words and emotions to express what he wants to say. It is also vital that the speaker be given feedback. If feedback is not present then the lines of communication break down and the message, most likely, is not completely communicated, if at all.
As the receiver, you must be active in the conversation and interact with the sender. It is also important to pay attention to nonverbal behavior that the...