Communication Definition Essay

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Defining Communication What is communication? According to the Merriam-Webster (n.d.) dictionary it is “information transmitted or conveyed.” Ten weeks ago I would have looked at this definition and believed that it was fairly accurate. However, since then I have learned that communication is so much more complicated than this definition reveals. There are different branches and modes of communication and an infinite number of factors that affect it. It may be transmitting information, but that definition does not even scratch the surface of the myriad of ways communication comes into play as part of our lives. Even if we do not realize it, everything we do communicates something to the people around us. As students, we must learn to …show more content…
Personally, I started this course not entirely certain what to expect from a communications class, but knowing that I believe communication is one of the most important skills anyone can possess. Through learning about communications I have become more aware of my nonverbal cues, I have expanded my knowledge of how others communicate, and I have learned to communicate my ideas in multiple ways
My Nonverbal Communication In the second week of this course I set the goal of becoming more conscious of what my body language conveyed to people, and in a broader sense, simply the way I communicate nonverbally. Particularly after we covered nonverbal communication in week six, I was able to think critically about the nonverbal cues I send and how I could improve them. The video assigned that week and the
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Normally I am not a very touch orientated person, however I realize that touch is an important communicator to many people. For this reason, I started to use haptics in my day to day life. For example, my sister is a very emotional person and appreciates touch. With this in mind, I started to hug her more and use touch as a way to comfort her when she was upset. I noticed that after I started doing this she was more willing to confide in me. I also recently used haptics when one of my friends was having a difficult day. She walked into the room where I was and I could tell by the look on her face that she was upset. When she came and sat next to me, I asked her what was wrong and she briefly told me what had happened. There was nothing I could to do fix the situation, so I simply put my arm around her for a few minutes to show her that I cared about and supported her. This was a conscious effort to use haptics that I would not have made before. In the end, nonverbal communication can be hard, but I learned that a little bit can go a long

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