The groundwork of human relationships has always been our ability to talk, to get our thoughts and feelings across, to communicate properly. We use it to deal with friends, acquaintances, family members, employees, employers and practically every person we have a possibility of interacting with. Without it, establishing relations would be impossible. It would become difficult to move around or to get to do things. Human beings, as social beings, are predisposed to share their world with one another. This is the reason why human beings have the innate tendency to open up their feelings, thoughts, ideas, new discoveries through the proper communication with one another. Indeed, the lack of it can lead to conflicts and dysfunctional relationships.
The communication repertoire of human beings can be very complex, from its language to non-verbal cues, each has its own code. Any simple change in these codes can greatly changed the intended outcome of the giver of the message. It is for this reason that it is important to learn about the proper communication process. Communication involves a message, a messenger, recipient and a medium or channel. The transmission happens between the giver of the message and the receiver of such message. It might seem very simple but the tricky part lies in what happens in between the giver and recipient. Since communicating is a complex process, there are certain codes and cues that must be properly decoded by the receiver to get the intended message. Oftentimes, due to faulty communication, the intended message is usually not what reaches the recipient.
To prevent this from happening, it is important to take note of barriers to effective communication. The language used must be taken into consideration. Word choices play a very important role in relaying messages; they must be understandable by the receiver. The messenger must also project the right emotion or attitude when conveying a message since it is very easy to get the wrong perception. What experts call communication noise can also lead to a failure of communication. These can range from environmental noise, physical impediments and grammar to cultural differences of the messenger and receiver. All these elements play a part in effectively transmitting communication. One must be aware of these things since good communication requires a conscious effort on both messenger and receiver.