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April 30, 2012 by Dr. Jon Warner in Topic Cartoons

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Communication is fundamental to the human experience. All of us communicate in a wide variety of ways every day.  In her book, “People Making,” the expert communication author Virginia Satir says:

“Once a human being has arrived on this earth, communication is the largest single factor determining what kinds of relationships he makes with others and what happens to him [or her].” 

And it’s true, isn’t it?  Each day each of us has probably engaged in a wide range of communication activities, speaking and hearing literally thousands of words and constantly adjusting what we think and what we do as a result.  But in his best-selling book, People Skills, psychologist Robert Bolton notes: 

“Although interpersonal communication is humanity’s greatest accomplishment, the average person does not communicate well. One of the ironies of modern civilization is that, although mechanical means of communication have been developed beyond the wildest flight of the imagination, people often find it difficult to communicate face-to-face.”

Of course, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to identify “communication breakdowns” all around us. So often when something goes wrong we hear that: “someone” “didn’t communicate well,” or that things “weren’t made clear,” or that “it wasn’t explained properly.”  In truth, much communication is not done “properly” and fails to be “clear.” And often something that is “proper” and “clear” to one person may be utterly ineffective with another. The obligation therefore rests fully on each and every one of us to not only communicate clearly according to the situation in which we find ourselves, but to actively listen when people communicate with us.

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About Dr. Jon Warner

Dr. Jon Warner is a prolific author, management consultant and executive coach with over 25 years experience. He has an MBA and a PhD in Organizational Psychology. Jon can be reached at OptimalJon@gmail.com

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