Whether it’s through letters, telephones, emails, the internet, texting, Snapchatting, or Instagramming, the way we communicate has changed drastically over the last century. Many North Americans, with the touch of a button or two and a Wi-Fi connection, have the ability to access immense amounts of information, and communicate with huge numbers of people around the world. On both the global level and the personal level, the way we communicate has become increasingly important in today’s society.
In the Communication Skills category, thirteen conversation topics will be presented and explored with extensive research and various contributions from professional and non-professional sources.
We will talk about politeness, manners and decorum, and why these things are important to us and the different situations that necessitate their use.
We will discuss skills that you, as someone being communicated to, can practice: active listening, paraphrasing, mirroring, repeating and really hearing what’s being said.
Non-verbal communication and body language are things we don’t often think of or talk about, as they can be very subtle. We hope to shed light on these less noticeable forms of communication.
The world of online communication is vast and continues to grow. We will explore how to effectively communicate through social mediums such as Twitter and Facebook.
We will examine the act of speaking: enunciation, slang, speaking clearly, and thinking clearly before we speak.
We will discuss the effects that our communication can have on other people. Whether it’s interrupting and talking over people, or the power of a smile and what they can do for ourselves and others. Words can influence others by being used to compliment and encourage, but also to harm through inappropriate language, swearing, cursing, and derogatory remarks. We’ll talk about how to give and take compliments and words of encouragement.
We will also consider how important it is to make eye contact and why.
Lastly, we will examine casual meetings, and how our communication makes others feel.
Bringing extensive research and various contributions, we will be discussing all these things in hopes to shed light on what successful communication looks like, so that we can be more aware of the influence of the ways that we communicate with others.