In the basic communication model, there is a sender, receiver, and message. Simply enough. Right? Why then is communication blamed for many of our problems? What makes a communication effective?
In my previous post, I mentioned how well the message gets conveyed and received has a lot to do with how well the sender and receiver relate. Specifically, the emotional connection between the sender and receiver influences the effectiveness of the message.
By emotional connection I mean trust, love, fear, and the like. The whole human spectrum. In fact, the content of the message could be same but the meanings vary. For instance, how many way can the words “I love you” be interpreted?
- I love you.
- I love you?
- I love you!
- “I love you”
- [I love you]
As human beings, we communicate because we want to relate, to understand, and to achieve goals, whatever that may be. The message is many respect the easy piece. Unlike machine language (precise), the emotional components of human communication is a critical part of the context.
Our intent, feeling toward others (or the subject for that matter) are subtle, intangible, and definite. A wink, smile, or frown can convey so much how we feel. Often a lot has already been communicated before a word is uttered.
So, you want to have more effective communication? Check your emotional connection. That is where more than half of the battle lie.