Cultivating effective communication skills

February 24th, 2009

Nobody is born with some specific tools to become as persuasive as, say, Barack Obama or some televangelists. That’s because communication skills are learned. Normal infants are born with the ability to produce sound, but for them to learn effective communication skills would take proper education and practice.
Listening, speaking and our ability to understand verbal and nonverbal signs are skills we develop in various ways. We learn basic communication skills by observing other people and modeling our behaviors based on what we see. Effective communication skills are also acquired through schooling, and by exercising those skills and having them assessed.
Interpersonal communication occurs between or among individuals who are dependent on one another and have a shared history. The challenge lies in keeping the communication channels healthy despite their differences in personality or personal beliefs. This is where the clich

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