What is Communication?
In the dictionary, communication (Latin word : “communis” which means to share) is best defined as the exchange of messages, information or thoughts either by speech (oral), visual (aids), signals (hand and body movements) or writing.
Communication entails five (5) components namely:
1. Sender – one who gives or relays the message;
2. Message – the intention, information or data needed to be communicated;
3. Channel – involves oral, writing or bodily movements;
4. Receiver – one who would receive and interpret the message; and
5. Feedback – the interplay of messages between individuals.
Noise – some people include this because through noise miscommunication emerges.
The communication process could only be perceived as complete if and only if there is understanding on the end of the receiver and the sender. In other words, feedback acknowledges the complete transfer of messages – the communication process is complete once the receiver has understood the message of the sender. Feedback is critical to effective communication between participants.
In fact, communication is but one of the most complicated topics or subjects around. To wit, communication is spatial – bounded by time and space. More so, it requires that parties to partake the route of communication must have a common ground – a common topic or a common interest. Thus, miscommunication results.
NLP and Communication
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) was developed based on how one interacts with himself and that of others. Effective communication means a healthier and fuller life. Thus, it is best to have an open communication line with oneself and with the others as well.
Having the ability to persuade the people around you, being able to deliver memorable and effective messages, boost your confidence, deliver clear and terse communication style and being able to recognize what was communicated is the raison d’être of successful communication through NLP.
In NLP, communication partakes through the following steps:
1. There is an external event (happenings, data exchange, bodily movements etc)
2. We process the external event through our internal processing and come up with an internal representation of said event. (INTERNAL REPRESENTATION includes noise, feelings etc)
3. The internal representation then combines with physiology to create a state. (STATE appertains to our moods)
4. Accordingly, the external event seeps in through our sensory channels (touch, olfactory, auditory, visual, taste), filtered and is processed. In the event, information is at times removed, twisted, and simplified according to several elements that tend to filter our perception.
According to a study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania (1970), researchers found out that 7 % of what we communicate is the result of the words we say, 38 % from our verbal behavior and 55 % results from our nonverbal communication. (http://nlptimelinetherapy.blogspot.com/2012/07/time-line-therapy-letting-go-of-past.html)
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