Analyzing The Elements And Strategies Of Communication

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The only way to truly learn is to make mistakes. After reviewing and reading the elements and strategies of communication it was very clear, the only way to get better is to break through the barriers that typically create misunderstanding in communication. The six barriers we focused on were cliche, jargon, slang, sexist/racist language, euphemisms, and doublespeak. Although these are called barriers, I like to think of them as a lesson learned.

The first barrier I have experienced is cliche. The cliche is an overused unoriginal phrase or word that at one point was clever (McClean, 2010). From my experience, I have learned that ageism really impacts what a cliche truly is. What was cool to say yesterday is not cool to say today. I haven’t said a cliche myself, but I have witnessed one. As an educator, my principal was meeting with a student about their bad attitude. She was trying to figure out what the antecedent was. She was asking the student personal questions and then said, “I am not trying to get up in your wax.” The mother of the student, the student, and myself all seemed taken aback and asked for clarification. My principal clarified and said that she use to say wax when she was younger. It’s an abbreviation of the word beeswax.

Jargon is using language that is not accessible (McClean, 2010). I use to work for a postal service in my town and we would always use acronyms such as “ETA.” ETA is an acronym for estimated time of arrival. We used it so often that it
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