Jessalyn Johnson is a senior at Grand Canyon University, completing the final year of her BA in English Literature. Originally from Melbourne, FL, Jessalyn has come to enjoy living in the desert of Arizona. Since freshman year she has occupied several different positions on the editorial board of GCU’s literary review, StartleBloom, which is approaching its third volume. In her free time, Jessalyn enjoys creative writing, photography, writing music and participating in the plays and musicals put on by GCU’s Ethington Theatre.
We communicate with others on a daily basis, but do we actually understand what we are doing? Communication is much more than having a conversation with someone. It is how we go about it that matters.
As human beings, we do not always recognize the inconsistencies in our methods of communication. By taking the time to understand it, even just a small amount more, we can improve the effectiveness and appropriateness of how we communicate. Keep reading to learn more about the power of communication:
Understanding the Power of Communication
You may think you have a pretty good grasp on the aspects of communication. I mean, you do it every day. But is what you are doing the proper way to interact with others? How are you behaving physically and mentally? Communication is a lot more than the simple verbalization of words; it entails how you move, how you are perceived and what you do.
It is important to know that the way you behave and speak, both verbally and nonverbally, can positively or negatively affect the way others see you and how they might approach you in future situations. Certain people in your life may have different ways of communicating that make them feel more comfortable, and it is important to know how to approach this and effectively communicate with them.
The way you communicate with others can simplify the interactions you have. By knowing your own communication style, you can help others understand how to approach you as well. Improving methods of communication can greatly increase effectiveness, as well as the overall happiness of those involved.
Just as all people are not the same, all people do not communicate in the same way, either. Since some people are more comfortable in certain situations than others, take the time to notice what makes the people in your life feel safe, comfortable and welcome, and approach them in this way.
A helpful tip might include finding out their love language; this is a tool that can show you how you best receive love and help your relational partners to understand how to communicate with you more effectively, especially when it comes to showing appreciation. Learn more about love languages at 5lovelanguages.com.
Communication at GCU
If you are interested in learning more in-depth methods and strategies of human communication, pursuing a communications degree at GCU may be a great choice. This degree program allows you to explore many different types of communication, acquiring an excellent grasp on how successful communication works in our daily lives. There are many reasons to earn a degree in communications – find out the one that inspires you most and start your journey in the program at GCU!
To learn more about Grand Canyon University’s communications program or other programs offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, visit our website or click the Request More Information button at the top of this page.