Communication Is An Essential Part Of Life

917 WordsJun 29, 20154 Pages
“Communication is an essential part of life” is the first words written in the textbook for this class (Beebe, Beebe, & Ivy, 2013, p. xix). Of course, this is true for everyone. Whether we are speaking, writing, painting, typing, gesturing, or almost any other movement or action visible to others, we are communicating. However, many people do not communicate thoughtfully or with purpose. Effective communication is critical for success in both personal and professional situations. Mastery of the basics of oral communication is potentially more important today that it has ever been. When this class began, I was confident that it would be a breeze and that I already knew everything I needed to know about the subjects the class covered. I even wondered if I should see about testing out of the class based on past experiences. However, from our first topics in week one where we began reviewing the various models of communication, I was grateful to have the chance to take this course and further my understanding of oral communication. Even in an introductory course, we can gain new knowledge and refresh ourselves on past learnings. One of the most important pieces of information that I take from this course is insight into body language. Body language is one of those things that you think you understand clearly before beginning a course like this. You see people all the time, you watch them, and you make judgement about what they are trying to communicate based on their movements.
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