Ability to communicate is the precondition for all those who wants to succeed both in their personal and professional life. For most of them, communication skill means having command over respective language. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines communication as “a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs or behavior.”
The effectiveness of the communication depends on one’s ability by which he/she can be free from difficulties or impediments during the information exchange process. This determines whether he/she is a skillful communicator. Factors like personal prejudice, stress, old habits, paucity of time, type of audience, medium of communication, physical environment, and etc. poses a hindrance to communication process, his/her communication skill and forms the ground on which one can either be introvert or extrovert or balanced.
One can be good in one-on-one communication and worst at public speaking and vice-versa. Likewise, while communicating, one can be comfortable with friend and may be nervous with strangers. One can be attentive and listen well to friends and may remain casual with strangers. Hence the communication skill is not just merely holding good command over respective language and having a vast vocabulary but way ahead of it. Possessing an understanding of the following forms of communication would be very useful in improving communication skill:
- Verbal or oral communication, Listening
- Non-Verbal Communication
- Written communication
- Public speaking
Each form of communication has a specific set of attributes which if combined and used intelligently, will improve value or quality of one’s communication significantly.