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How DO We Communicate?

Dictionary defines communication as: “to act one upon another.”

We use our communication to:

  1. share information
  2. comment
  3. ask questions
  4. express wants and needs
  5. develop social relationships
  6. develop social etiquette which is polite behavior in society

It is interesting to note that mostly our communication is oralface-to-face and one-on-one.  In our communication, we, the teacher, are the sender of a message, which goes to another co-worker, parent, child, your director who receives the messages.   From this point, we are looking for feedback whether it is a child or an adult that the message was received effectively.   The receiver who receives the message needs for it to be clear, believe it, and act on it.  Remember that communication is part of every task or function we do.

There are six possible ways that a message is received:

  1. What we meant to say.
  2. What we actually.
  3. What the other person hears.
  4. What the other person thinks they hear.
  5. What the other person says about what you said.
  6. What you think the other person said about what you said.

Note: So, remember to think before you speak.

Communication in the workplace helps you understand each other better and contributes to productivity and efficiency at your school.  However, poor communication can affect work production. 

What happens when we interact with others to keep positive?  You need to…

  1. Be honest and direct.  
  2. Listen carefully.
  3. Avoid blaming.
  4. Stay focused.
  5. Say less.

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