Sunday, 14 May 2017

Strengths and Challenges in Communicating (Blogpost #1) [Draft]

Communication is a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs as well as behavior. The ability to communicate effectively with colleagues, superiors, and staff is crucial, no matter what industry I am in. Amongst all the channels of communications, being a good listener is my greatest strength in communicating with people. In my opinion, I felt that good listening perceived more meaning on what the other person is saying because I will pay close attention to their words. Good listening skills require time to practice active listening which allows a better understanding of the person you are speaking to, and thus, can respond appropriately. Through being a good listener, you would gain respect and trust from the speaker because their words they spoke are acknowledged and are not neglected.

Challenges I faced in communication are picking the right medium to convey a message, being confident in all of my interactions with others and friendliness through communicating with peers whom I did not like. From my experience, I had trouble communicating with my colleagues through means such as face-to-face interactions because I would prefer to pitch out my ideas through electronic mails or text which I can rearrange my thoughts so that my words are not misinterpreted. Furthermore, when I am speaking to a person whom I dislike, I tend to ignore what they conversing about which can be seen through my body language. However, after being close to my peers, I found out that it is best to express my thoughts appropriately so that their feelings wouldn’t be hurt.

Firstly, by the end of this course, I would like to accept and encourage constructive feedbacks from others. To achieve this, I need to have a flexible and open mind to listen to a person’s point of view, rather than simply getting my message across. By being willing to enter into a dialogue, even with peers with whom I disagree, I will be able to have more honest, productive conversations. Secondly, I would want to improve on my nonverbal communication such as body language, eye contact, and hand gestures. Sometimes during a conversation, I usually slouch and fold my arms which might appear that I am not interested in the topic. Expectantly, by the end of this course, I would achieve having an open mind as well as improve my nonverbal communication.     (399 words)


  1. Hey Alfin, I agree with you that communicating effectively with colleagues, superiors, and staff is crucial. Because I think being able to communicate effectively would allow better understanding. Next, your challenges faced with regards to speaking to someone whom you dislike. I understand how it is because I too would ignore. Since we are aware of our challenges, let's help one another by being able to be flexible towards listening to a person's point of view.

  2. Hi Alfin, a well written explanations on your strength and challenges you have on communication. Good way on explaining what communication is at the start to help reader how you perceive communication. If there is any flaws , I would say a few grammar errors.Overall, there is a good structure and you give many good relevant examples to explain your point.


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