At its core, communication is sharing of information in a way in which it is completely transferred and understood by the recipient. It involves at least two parties; the sender and the recipient. The transmission of that message is usually through a form of language. In most cases we accept language as being in written or spoken form, but when it comes to communication there are several other mediums to consider. There are a colossal host of issues that can affect how a message was received or sent. It begins with the medium used to transfer the message. For example, texting a message versus an in-person face to face communication is so much different. Being in person the sender receives many different forms of feedback to help them understand if the message was completely understood. This becomes heir apparent when a medium is forced upon you. Just like when the global pandemic hit, and all schools were forced to go virtual. Students and teachers were accustomed to learning and teaching in a certain way, but that all changed overnight. Possessing quality communication skills is an often-sought-after skill by most employers for all sectors of industry. In this section of our website, we will explore all of the different types of things that go into sending and receiving messages.
Communication Worksheets To Print:
Effective? - Is this method effective? Mark each one YES or NO.
Nonverbal - Nonverbal communication means conveying information without using
words. While gestures are a form of this we do a great deal of nonverbal communication with our bodies while interacting
with others, often without realizing what we are communicating.
Styles - There are four main styles to talk of. Write the
name of each style on the line. Then draw a picture
of someone using each style. Which type is the healthiest? Why?
Picture Me! -
Look at each picture. What kind of nonverbal communication is going on?
How Is Yours? -
Answer the questions to help you think about how you
communicate with someone in your life.
Scenarios - People have different communication styles. Some people are
passive, some are aggressive, and others are assertive, but not
aggressive. Assertive means that you speak your mind and stand up
for yourself. Aggressive behavior can include things likes threats,
attacks, and ignoring people.
How to Tell
- How can you make sure that you are speaking gently in a tense situation? How can you make sure that you are showing interest in the other person?
Verbal Skills - There are many different kinds of verbal skills. All are equally important. It
is also important to understand when each verbal skill is an appropriate
response to a situation.
Not Just Words
- Words are only one way that we can communicate with others. We also
communicate with our actions, gestures, and facial expressions.
- Do you tend to be passive, aggressive, assertive, or passive-aggressive? How much do
you consciously use nonverbal communication? What verbal skills
are you most comfortable with?
- This is a flow worksheet to help you plan out how to transfer or share ideas.
Using Body Language - How could you use body language in each situation? In each
situation, what do you think it is appropriate to convey with body language?
- Write down the situation, who the person is, why you think sharing with this person is a
challenge, and what changes you can make to improve your message
Resolving Conflict - Either work with someone with whom you are currently in conflict, or think about how you have
resolved conflict with someone in the past and complete the chart below.
What Are the Different Forms of Communication?
When we seek to share something with others there are many ways, we can accomplish this. The first step falls on the sender. They need to choose the best method to achieve the greatest result. In order to understand this method many different variables need to be considered. The more often you communicate with someone, you can quickly locate the best method for an individual. Essentially communication techniques fall into four distinct categories: non-verbal, verbal (spoken), written, and visualizations.
Non-verbal is much bigger than category than it seems. Yes, body language in the form of recognizing human gestures are the foundation. How we dress also indicates this. If you show up to meeting with a suit and tie, it instantly indicates that this is a formal meeting. If you show up in a hoodie and sweats you leave the others in a group coming away with a different impression entirely. How we act also is a form of feedback. If you are given a task and you slouch down, this indicates that you are not excited about the task.
Verbal methods include a wide range of different mediums. Face-to-face is the most obvious, but you could also achieve similar outcomes with a phone conversation, TV, or radio communication. This medium provides both parties with a plethora of feedback.
Written mediums such as e-mails, letters, books, and social media allow us to send and receive message in text form. This method leaves out a great deal of valuable feedback and is often very passive. This medium is expanded through use of visualizations that include graphs, charts, maps, and drawings. This is more reserved for sharing and explaining data sets.