Adaptability flexibility competencies

The ability to communicate

Communicating is one of the most basic aspects of the social life, both in the personal and professional context; and effective communication is undoubtedly the most important life skill we possess. Why do we communicate? We communicate to, for example:
  • Send and receive messages,
  • Share information and meanings,
  • Comment,
  • Ask questions,
  • Express wants and needs,
  • Develop social relationships.
The word “communication” itself comes from the Latin root word meaning “to make common”. Following this line of thought, communicating is all about making common our understanding and knowledge; it is all about sharing commonality, which sounds easy enough. However, the skill of being able to communicate effectively is difficult to master, especially in the contemporary world where there are countless of diverse means and platforms of communication. In the dynamic world, more and more dominated by the digital domain and technology, the skill of communicating is as important as ever, if not more. The communication process itself is quite complex and multifaceted. A simplified model of the process is presented below. The communication process includes the message that is being send by the sender; and the message that the recipient receives. In ideal communication, the message decoded by the recipient is identical to the messaged encoded by the sender. This is what effective communication strives to achieve and why enhancing our ability to communicate is so difficult, yet important.


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