In my earlier blog, (https://inspiredliving2020.in/2020/08/16/communication/), I had written about the various common types of Communication methods. We use these methods at different times while interacting with people. At every instance, we want people to understand exactly what we are intending to communicate. Hence, it is very important that the content that we present in any form is clear to the audience.
Communication is a 2 way process. It begins with the person who wants to communicate and ends with the person or a group of people to whom it is addressed to. If the communication is not articulated well enough for the audience to understand, it will not be effective for accomplishing the task.
Gaps in Communication
Let us take a certain Project discussion as an example to understand the flaws in the information flow.
Scenario A: The Project Leader calls his team for a quick meeting. Once the entire team has assembled in the meeting room, he announces, “I have a good news for you all. The Senior Management has entrusted the responsibility of developing an application to enhance the service provided to our Customers. I invite thoughts from all of you on the subject. We will meet again in a few days. Keep your thoughts ready.” With this the he closes the meeting and everyone returns to their desks.
Scenario B: The Project Leader calls his team for a quick meeting. Once the entire team has assembled in the meeting room, he announces, “I have a good news for you all. The Senior Management has entrusted the responsibility of developing an application to enhance the service provided to our Customers. This application will be made available for all our Customers. They should be able to access the application through their laptop, desktops, mobiles and tablets.” He further informed the team about the features expected in the application and a few specifications. While closing the meeting he said, “We have 30 working days to launch the application, starting today. Your thoughts are invited. We will meet the day after tomorrow, same time. Keep your ideas ready, so that we can start the discussion on the design and the functioning of the application.”
If we look at both the scenarios, the difference in the communication can be understood. The required information was given to the team in the Scenario B, which was sufficient to start work until the next meeting. A milestone was set. Where as in Scenario A, there was milestone set, no appropriate details were shared. The execution in Scenario A may get significantly delayed.
This was an example of gaps in verbal communication. In written communication, such gaps can have further reverse impact as there is no one present physically to clarify the doubts, which may arise in the readers mind.
Just like verbal and written communication, your body language also sends messages to the observer or the audience. Your words and your body language should be sync with each other. The movement of your hands, eyes, etc. should be in congruence to the content said by you.
These small but critical gestures and clear information make the communication effective.
Hope you enjoyed reading this little knowledge piece. Happy Reading!!!
I started to write poems and articles while I was in school, for my school magazine. But in due course of time, I stopped writing. It was many years since I penned down something of my interest.
Unfortunately, the world was hit with pandemic and life almost came to a standstill. Work from home was activated by my organization, just like many other organizations did. I started to find little spare time and I was able to spare an hour in a week to recuperate my writing skills and I was pretty happy with my creations. I started my own blog.
But eventually I realized that there is a lot to it apart from just writing a text. I came across this course on Content Writing by Uma Madhavi and registered for the same. It was a 6 day course and the course agenda seemed interesting.
During the 6 days, many of my basic understanding about Content Writing were cleared. I understood that Content Writing in itself is very varied and has its own spice. I learnt how one can best utilize the internet and found a good number of helpful sites which were shared with me in the course. I learnt new strategies which can be followed to make my writing more clear, realistic and impressive.
The importance of the presentation of the Content was highlighted. I learnt the importance of manner in which we formed sentences. The one and a half hour daily for 6 days was loaded with knowledge.
The daily assignments were very interesting as they were the mode of revision of what was taught during the course each day. The assignments were very challenging at times and were a dip stick to check our capabilities and writing skills. For me this was more challenging as I was working throughout the day and then finding time for completing the assignment was like walking on the stick. But I thoroughly enjoyed this as it ignited a sense of satisfaction in me.
Looking forward to the evaluation of my assignments submitted so far. I am excited to be a part of this venture as I am confident that this will be giving me a lot of gist to improvise on my writing skills. I feel much confident about writing. It has opened up new avenues for me for a career.
Emotions – An intricate part of the being of the Human Race
We, Human Beings are social animals. To survive, we need to be surrounded by people we know, our family, friends, colleagues, neighbors. We are so used to talking to one another, discussing thoughts, expressing feelings and sharing experiences, stories. We are emotional beings. The exchange or release of emotions is essential for our mental health.
We talk, we share, we laugh, we care, we fight, we get angry, we are upset at times and even go into verbal hibernation sometimes. These are the emotions which we live with. We enjoy the positivity behind these emotions. Hence, emotions are a very important and intricate part of our life
How will an emotionless world look like?
Have you ever thought how an emotionless world would look like? How will the human beings co-exist without emotions? It will be interesting to imagine such an emotionless world. No emotions of love, care, anger, joy, happiness, hatred. No exchanges of stories, experiences.
There will be no new life born, as the desire to conceive is also an emotion. The people, who are alive, will roam around with blank faces. The world will be an industry where people will do their daily chores like a programmed Robot.
Friends will either not meet often or even if they do, there will be no communication. The laughter which blossoms in the parks will be silenced. The Mother and Child bond will be a thing of the past which no one may recollect.
There will be no greetings exchanged with smiles but only a grim look on the faces of people. Each interaction will become very transactional, irrespective of the relationship between the two individuals. There will be no prayers said for the loved ones. The overall essence of life will be lost.
Will human beings be able to except the challenge to bring back the emotions?
There may be a realization of the situation among a few people, but will it be easy, then, to gear up people and bring back the emotions which are lost? It may sound difficult, but definitely not impossible. I will still have my emotions with me and will strive to change the people around me.
Though a very remote possibility of such a thing ever happening in the history of humanity, it is so scary to imagine human form of a Robots roaming around. Hence let us understand that emotions are very important part of our life. We should learn to build positive emotions within us and around us always. Learn to love and care for our family and friends. Express what we can to the best of our ability. But did you know that expression of emotions alone is of no use unless they are expressed in front of someone who understands the meaning behind them and the depth in them. It is important for one to acknowledge the expressions one shows to you.
Let us together understand the emotions behind our every gesture and make the Human Race a dignified evolution!!!
Communication, in simple terms is sharing information with relevant person or a group of people or with an audience. The way we communicate what we intend to is of utmost importance. The communication should be effective.
What is an effective communication?
Communication is effective when the information is articulated clearly and precisely to the audience. There should be no loose ends which leave a scope for assumptions. While sharing any information, a pattern or a structure is very important. One should be aware of the criticality, usage, impact of the information and it should be articulated in a specific manner.
Generally, it is assumed that anything spoken or written simply means Communication. Though it is partly correct, there is much more depth to the subject.
There are 4 major types of communications: 1. Verbal Communication 2. Non-verbal Communication 3. Written Communication 4. Visual Communication
We are aware that any information which is passed on by speaking is Verbal Communication. However, is it really that simple? The answer generally would be ‘YES’. But there is more to this. In a verbal communication, words spoken are very important. And the manner in which these are spoken is equally important. The voice modulation, the pitch and the tone in which the information or advice, etc. is communicated plays a very important role.
Non-verbal Communication is a very powerful communication method. It can create an impact beyond imagination. The movement of your hands, your legs, your facial expressions, your unspoken reactions convey a lot. Similarly, the way a person dresses up and carries oneself also contributes to the way communication is perceived.
Most of us are habitual to reading books, news papers, articles, etc. Do we enjoy everything that we pick up to read? Definitely not…😊. One of the reasons is that the author is unable to impress your mind or unable to hold on to your attention. In a written communication, while communicating, you are only a part of drafting. You are not present personally while the receiver is reading the communication. Hence it becomes more critical and important to ensure that the entire communication is sequential, crisp and clear. There should be no or very less room for queries and absolutely no room for assumptions from the receiver to avoid delays in work or a reverse impact.
Visual Communication is based on the usage of media. Graphs, maps, charts, hoardings, pictures, digital formations are tools for visual communication. This is a very powerful method of communication because human brain can easily absorb the visual effects and produce them when required. It is easier to remember and relate an incidence or a data, etc with this type of communication.
Hope you liked the write up so far on Communication…. 😊.
Stay tuned for further information on Communication, which is an essential part of human beings as we are social beings. 😊
In my last blog, I had illustrated how our upbringing instills filters in us which form our beliefs. In this write up, I would like to link this concept with Perception and how this can impact one’s personal growth.
When we start believing a certain aspect about ourself, we continue the self talk on the same lines. The more we continue with the self talk, the more strong our belief becomes. This then developed into self perception, also called as perseverance.
If one conditions his or her mind with certain beliefs or perseverance, the over all behaviour changes and gets adapted to the characteristics of the new thought process. This new thought process begins stronger with every passing minute, ultimately forming a habit. These habits of behaviors are exhibited by the individual in day to day activities and social interactions. Eventually this creates a perception about one self in social circles, which will definitely have its own consequences.
Hence, it is very critical and important to eminate a positive self perception, which will be helpful in influencing ones social circle, ofcourse in a positive manner. Hence if we start thinking towards the first step of building such positivity, it is very important to have a positive self talk, break perseverance and break the chain of negative beliefs which do not allow one self to proceed and conquer.
It is never too late to change and inch towards chasing one’s dreams, slowly but steadily. Aspire for your dreams beyond the rainbow. It is never too late. 😊
To begin with, I want to mention why I chose to write on Beliefs.
Once while reading short articles on internet, I came across a story of The Elephant Rope. I’m sure most of us must have heard or read the same at some point of time. (I have taken this piece from the collection on internet named as Short inspirational stories.) The story goes as below:
A gentleman was walking through an elephant camp, and he spotted that the elephants weren’t being kept in cages or held by the use of chains.
All that was holding them back from escaping the camp, was a small piece of rope tied to one of their legs.
As the man gazed upon the elephants, he was completely confused as to why the elephants didn’t just use their strength to break the rope and escape the camp. They could easily have done so, but instead, they didn’t try to at all.
Curious and wanting to know the answer, he asked a trainer nearby why the elephants were just standing there and never tried to escape.
The trainer replied, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”
The only reason that the elephants weren’t breaking free and escaping from the camp was that over time they adopted the belief that it just wasn’t possible.
The same is applicable for human minds too. While we grow up, we are told what to do and what not to do. These ideologies are so emphasized that our mind, unknowingly, gets conditioned with them. We build these do’s and don’ts in our stream. These eventually turn into our beliefs… As we grow old, our beliefs become stronger. Most of the limitations of our life are a result of these beliefs.
This leads to building of a strong self-perception of our limitations, which stops us from even thinking about what miracles we can do. Leave alone venturing to do so.
We can change our life if we start giving ourself a chance to believe in our strengths. It is never too late to take that first step in doing something different, something that we have never done but yet seems worth taking a risk in attempting to make it happen.
It has to be our decision to break the chain of beliefs which we have clenched to since many many years. It’s time to trust oneself and do whatever we always wanted to do, so that we can fly high into our aspirations. Then… Sky is the limit. Keep Flying High…
While in school, I had a bad day once when my best friend and I had an argument, which ended in both of us swearing not to see each other ever in life. I was upset and weeping profusely as if the world had come to an end. On listening to the entire story, my grandmother made only a small statement. She said, “it’s okay, take it with a pinch of salt”. I was in 5th grade. Too small to understand what she meant by that. But I did not bother to ask her what she meant, because my loss on which I was grieving, was way too big to pause and try to analyse what my grandmother was trying to say. Over a period of time, my friend and myself reunited. After all it was kids’ fight and had to end… (pun intended 😊)
As years passed by and I grew up, gaining knowledge and wisdom (that’s what I believe I have gained 😀), facing challenges which life threw at me, I was balancing myself, my life, etc. like most of us do. Then there was a day when my mind drove backwards into the memory lane and I recollected my grandmother’s words… “it’s okay, take it with a pinch of salt”. There was a sudden ticking which went through within me.
Thinking of the role of salt in our food, our diet. Salt is an ingredient, which is used in almost all our food preparations, but the proportion is the least as compared to other ingredients. At the same time it is also the most important ingredient.
The events of our life are also similar to this. Every good and happy moment should be savoured and treasured. Every not so good moment should be… TAKEN WITH A PINCH OF SALT… ❤️
May you be blessed with lots of happiness and abundance… 😊
Are we responsible for the culture we imbibe in the next gens…..?
Well, the answer to this is a BIG YES. We forget the essence of life ourselves and hence are not in a position to teach and inculcate relevant behaviours in our children. Children are exposed to so much of information which is not relevant to their age. Owing to this, they mature too soon. Outdoor games are very rarely witnessed. A fashion of gyms, clubs, etc have come into existence. Lifestyles have changed which is also evident nowadays in kids. Depression, anxiety, arrogance, expectations… These traits are prominent in the kids today. We need to think for ourselves. Are we taking the next gen on the right path?