Communication

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COMMUNICATION:
THE STARTING LINE
Desiree Sartin-Williams
MHS Business Education
COMMUNICATIONS ASSIGNMENT
(DUE TODAY)
Directions: Use the Internet to answer the following questions
on a sheet of paper.
1. Define Communication.
2. What is your favorite form of communication. How often
do you use it daily? How can this form of communication
be used in education?
3. List and explain the essential elements of communication.
4. Describe the characteristics and functions of
communication.
5. Define Axiom.
6. Identify and provide examples of five basic axioms of the
communication process.
1.
DEFINE COMMUNICATION.
• Communication is the deliberate or accidental
transfer of meaning.
• Human communication takes place interpersonally
(one to one), in small groups (one to a few), in
public forums (one to many), via the media, or
online.
2. LIST AND EXPLAIN THE ESSENTIAL
ELEMENTS OF COMMUNICATION.
The essential elements of communication are
1. people,
2. messages,
3. channels,
4. noise,
5. context,
6. feedback,
7. and effect.
3. DESCRIBE AND EXPLAIN REPRESENTATIVE
MODELS OF COMMUNICATION, INCLUDING
ONE OF YOUR OWN CREATION.
• Models of communication have been developed to illustrate
the communication process in action.
• All acts of communication share two general
characteristics:
• First, since communication is a dynamic process, each
interaction is part of a series of interconnected
communication events.
• Second, every communication experience is unique,
unrepeatable, and irreversible.
4. DESCRIBE THE CHARACTERISTICS AND
FUNCTIONS OF COMMUNICATION.
• Communication serves a number of essential
functions in our lives. It promotes self-other
understanding, helps us establish
meaningful relationships, and enables us to
examine and attempt to change the attitudes
and behavior of others.
5. IDENTIFY AND PROVIDE EXAMPLES OF FIVE BASIC AXIOMS OF THE
COMMUNICATION PROCESS.
• Axiom 1: You cannot not communicate.
•
Axiom 2: Every interaction has both a content and a relationship
dimension.
• Axiom 3: Every interaction is defined by the way it is punctuated.
• Axiom 4: Messages are digital and analogic (verbal and nonverbal).
• Axiom 5: Communication exchanges are either symmetrical or
complementary.
• Developing communication skills is a lifelong process. This book
explains the strategies you can use to assess your own communication
abilities, improve the effectiveness of your communication
relationships, and enhance the quality of your life.
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