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Straight Talk! (Communication Skills)

A basic tutorial on the types, kinds, and barriers to communication as well as a look at the importance of effective communication in school, work and life.

Anna Smith

on 18 August 2015

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Transcript of Straight Talk! (Communication Skills)

Straight Talk:
Communications Skills

Why Learn to Communicate?
Communication is a key part of life

Communication is how we, as people:
Acquire new knowledge
Learn what is expected of us
Solve problems
Understand the perspective of others
Connect with our families, friends, and co-workers

We cannot NOT communicate!
How We Communicate
Words, or what we say, is considered verbal communication.
Effective verbal messages:
Are short, organized and to the point
Are free of jargon (specialized words that others don't understand)
Do not create resistance in the listener
Para-Verbal messages include tone, pitch, and the pacing of our voices.

Para-Verbal messages are not
we say but
we say it
38% of effective communication is based on para-verbal communication.
The Importance of Consistency
When communicating, it is very important that your verbal, para-verbal, and non-verbal messages all match what you are trying to say.

Otherwise, the receiver of the message may get confused, and will no longer be able to communicate effectively!
Barriers to Effective Communication
Criticizing, blaming, or interrogating
"You" Messages
Preaching, advising, or moralizing statements
Showing Power
Ordering, threatening or commanding
Shouting, Name Calling, Refusing to Speak
Rolling Eyes
Crossing Arms or Legs
Slouching, Hunching, or Poor Personal Care
Excessive Fidgeting
Our facial expressions, posture, gestures and actions are considered non-verbal communication.
55% of effective communication is based on non-verbal communication.
Give an example of a time when you had to communicated effectively.

What did you do to get your message across to others?
Things to Remember
Three types of communication
Verbal--what you say
Para-Verbal--how you say it
Non-Verbal--expressions and actions
Always be consistent
To effectively communicate, avoid:
"You" Messages
Exerting Power
Exit Survey
Please follow this link and complete the exit survey to complete this workshop:

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