Communication is key

By Rosanna Aguilera
On October 12, 2018

I don’t think people realize how important communication is or how much we use it.

So many things are misunderstood because some people don’t know how to communicate in an effective way.

For example, cyber bullying. Kids and teens get picked on through the web because others are too scared to communicate to their faces. This isn’t always the case, but it is very common.

If someone doesn’t like the way someone does something, he or she usually hides behind a screen or just talks to other people about him or her.

I think we are all adults and should confront people in a mature manner if we want to communicate something to them.

I never understood the concept of not liking the way someone does something but refusing to confront him or her about it.

This also goes for most relationships.

My boyfriend and I know that if we have an issue, we have to sit down and talk like adults. It is important to communicate problems because if we don’t, they will never be fixed.

It is the same with my family: we don’t always get along perfectly, but if we see another family member doing something he or she shouldn’t do then we tell him or her.

However, we have to know how to communicate.

If you are confronting someone by yelling and being negative, you aren’t going to get your message through effectively. This applies to bullying once again. Bullies usually tend to act this way on purpose to hurt people’s feelings, which is why kids need to be taught how to communicate effectively when they are young.

My minor is communication, and I am glad I chose that because it has taught me so much.

For instance, it taught me that group work can also be miscommunicated. In a group, if someone is not doing his or her part, he or she needs to be told early on or else they will think it’s okay.

If you are leading a group, you need to learn how your members learn. Some people need you to be really specific about things, but others don’t want to communicate much and just be told the important details, which is perfectly fine.

A leader just needs to know the communication style that is best for each person.

I also think the media miscommunicates.

Certain magazines and newspapers are looked at as lacking credibility because they do not know how to get their message out effectively and clearly, so they are often misunderstood.

Communication isn’t just oral, it’s body launguage, typed and written.

If our communication isn’t clear, then we are misunderstood. If we don’t write in a way that is easy to read, then our message will be interpreted incorrectly. Also, if we sit down with our arms crossed and head down, our body langauge will tell people that we are unwelcoming when maybe in reality we’re just tired.

I hope we as a society can just learn to communicate better because I think it would solve a lot of problems. We need to be straightforward with people and open-minded when we are confronted as well.

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