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What is Communication

Communication is defined by Rasmussen College as “Displaying competence in writing, reading, and oral communication; understanding of non-verbal language.” What does this mean? Communication involves being able to express an idea clearly through written, verbal, and nonverbal means or media. To be successful in this expression, the message must have a purpose and appeal to an audience.   Other features may be involved to help impart the message including appropriate selection of visual aids, specific and clear word choice, effective body language, and accurate punctuation and grammar. Successful communication occurs when the message is received and understood the way the person intended it to be. Overall, the key to effective communication is to engage the audience and successfully convey the message.

Communication Steps

 
 

Click the link here to see classroom activities centered on written communication, verbal communication, and nonverbal communication.

Classroom Activities

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The Power of Powerless Communication

TEDx. (2013, March 31). The power of powerless communication: Adam Grant at TEDxEast [Video file]. Retrieved from http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/The-power-of-powerless-communic

First Impressions

Trudeau, M. (2014, May 5). You had me at hello: The science behind first impressions [Audioblog post]. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/05/05/308349318/you-had-me-at-hello-the-science-behind-first-impressions

Wearable Communication

TED. (2011, March). Kate Hartman: The art of wearable communication [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/kate_hartman_the_art_of_wearable_communication?language=en

10 Great Ted Talks on Communication

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