Interpersonal Communication Reflection

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During this course, I have learned what interpersonal communication involves and how it can benefit me in my personal and professional lives. My understanding of intercultural communication has improved and can now adapt my communication to better communicate with people of other cultures. I have become more aware of the way I perceive myself and the way I portray myself. The way I process a message I am sending or receiving has become more analytical. My awareness of the meanings of someone's message and the messages I am sending has improved.
Prior to this course, I was not fully aware of what interpersonal communication involved. I knew that communication could be verbal and nonverbal, meaning a message could be conveyed through both speaking and body language. Interpersonal communication involves various elements, a sender, receiver, context, channel, and message. While interpersonal communication is a cycle, it involves the formulation and understanding of messages instead of just the sending and receiving. Communication can be synchronous, such as a face-to-face interaction, or asynchronous, such as a text message that is not received until a later time.
Understanding and implementing interpersonal communication skills benefit both one's personal and professional lives. A person's relationship with another can be established through mutual respect and understanding but can just as easily be destroyed through a lack of respect or a misunderstanding. Someone who lacks an ability to listen effectively may encounter difficulties in personal relationships. A person who is competent in their professional communication is more likely to succeed in a job interview and establish themselves as a leader.
People of different cultures may communicate differently from someone of another culture. While a person from a high-context culture may assume someone understands what they are attempting to communicate, a person from a low-context culture may find the message to be confusing. Similarly, a person from a high-ambiguity-tolerant culture will likely not be uncomfortable if someone sends an ambiguous message. Meanwhile, a person from a low-ambiguity-tolerant culture may have anxiety as a result of the ambiguous
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