Communication is an activity we engage in on a daily basis; it is how people are able to relate with each other. Even animals like dogs and cats communicate in one form or the other in order to get certain things done. This shows the importance of communication. The term can be defined as the act of transmitting information from one place, person, or group to another. The minimum requirement for communication to take place is a sender, the message, a medium, and a recipient.
A message is a piece of information; it could be anything like a letter, picture, and so on. The sender is the person who wants to share a message; the recipient, on the other hand, is the person the message is intended for, while, the medium is the means by which the communication would take place. There are several mediums of communication, and they include face to face, telephone, telex, fax, e-mail, telegram, radio, newspapers, and others. The transmission of the message from the sender to a recipient can be influenced by many things, which include emotions, the type of communication medium, location, and much more.
However, just having all these components is not enough; they all have to be in the right condition in other to make it work effectively. This what we called Effective Communication. Communication is effective when the message is properly encoded, delivered through the right medium, and is accurately decoded by the recipient. An expert communicator is effective at all points in the communication process and is comfortable using different types of communication mediums.
However, effective communication is an issue for many people, and they struggle to convey their thoughts and feelings when sending a message accurately. Their message does not reflect their intentions, and so the recipient most often misunderstands and misinterprets the message. This can lead to frustration, confusion, missed opportunities, and wasted efforts.
There are individuals who are skilled at helping people build effective communication. These unique set of individuals are referred to as communication speakers. Communication speakers help checkmate the issue of faulty communication and provide ways in which one can improve his/her communication skills.