Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Are humans the only creatures on earth that communicate? What purpose does communication serve in our lives? Answers to these historical, anthropological, and social-scientific questions provide part of the diversity of knowledge that makes up the field of communication studies.
As a student of communication, you will learn that there is much more to the field than public speaking, even though the origins of communication studies are traced back thousands of years to ancient Greek philosophers and teachers like Plato and Aristotle who were the first to systematically study and write about speech.
Communication students and scholars also study basic communication processes like nonverbal communication, perception, and listening, as well as communication in various contexts, including interpersonal, group, intercultural, and media communication.
Communication has been called the most practical of the academic disciplines. Even the most theoretical and philosophical communication scholars are also practitioners of communication, and even though you have likely never taken another communication studies class, you have a lifetime of experience communicating.
This experiential knowledge provides a useful foundation and a starting point from which you can build the knowledge and practice the skills necessary to become a more competent and ethical communicator.
I always inform my students that I consider them communication scholars while they are taking my class, and I am pleased to welcome you to the start of your communication studies journey.
Whether you stay on this path for a semester or for much longer, studying communication has the potential to enrich your life in many ways. I want this book to be a dialogue, so I encourage you to contact me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have as you read.
You can visit my website at http: History and Forms Learning Objectives Discuss the history of communication from ancient to modern times. List the five forms of communication.
Distinguish among the five forms of communication. Review the various career options for students who study communication. Before we dive into the history of communication, it is important that we have a shared understanding of what we mean by the word communication.
For our purposes in this book, we will define communication The process of generating meaning by sending and receiving verbal and nonverbal symbols and signs that are influenced by multiple contexts. This definition builds on other definitions of communication that have been rephrased and refined over many years.
In fact, since the systematic study of communication began in colleges and universities a little over one hundred years ago, there have been more than published definitions of communication. Dance and Carl E. Larson, The Functions of Human Communication: Holt, Reinhart, and Winston, From Aristotle to Obama: A Brief History of Communication While there are rich areas of study in animal communication and interspecies communication, our focus in this book is on human communication.
Even though all animals communicate, as human beings we have a special capacity to use symbols to communicate about things outside our immediate temporal and spatial reality. For example, we have the capacity to use abstract symbols, like the word education, to discuss a concept that encapsulates many aspects of teaching and learning.
We can also reflect on the past and imagine our future. The ability to think outside our immediate reality is what allows us to create elaborate belief systems, art, philosophy, and academic theories. You may remember from your English classes that onomatopoeia refers to words that sound like that to which they refer—words like boing, drip, gurgle, swoosh, and whack.
Just think about how a prehistoric human could have communicated a lot using these words and hand gestures. He or she could use gurgle to alert others to the presence of water or swoosh and whack to recount what happened on a hunt.
In any case, this primitive ability to communicate provided an evolutionary advantage. Those humans who could talk were able to cooperate, share information, make better tools, impress mates, or warn others of danger, which led them to have more offspring who were also more predisposed to communicate.
Poe, A History of Communications: Cambridge University Press, This evolution in communication corresponded with a shift to a more settled, agrarian way of life. Cambridge University Press,61— As hunter-gatherers settled into small villages and began to plan ahead for how to plant, store, protect, and trade or sell their food, they needed accounting systems to keep track of their materials and record transactions.
While such transactions were initially tracked with actual objects that symbolized an amount—for example, five pebbles represented five measures of grain—symbols, likely carved into clay, later served as the primary method of record keeping.
In this case, five dots might equal five measures of grain. During this period, villages also developed class systems as more successful farmers turned businessmen prospered and took leadership positions.Mar 14, · Interpersonal Communication Portfolio Content 1.
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“Excellent interpersonal communication skills required.” “Must have experience communicating with staff, managers, and customers.” Unfortunately, many people tend to spend more time worrying about and working on their technical proficiency than they do their communication skills.
Jun 29, · 4 Customer Care Strengths & Weaknesses Poor workplace communication is damaging to relationships and overall productivity. Strong communication provides accurate information in . Communication strengths vary depending on the method of communication; spoken communication strengths include the ability to persuade and negotiate while written communication skills include the ability to write clearly and concisely.
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In this lesson, you'll learn the definition of interpersonal skills and be given examples to further your understanding. Following the lesson will be a brief quiz.