Sunday, 28 May 2017

Strengths and Challenges in Communication (Blog Post #1) [Revised]

Communication is a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs as well as behavior. No matter what industry I am in, it is vital to be equipped with the ability to communicate effectively with both colleagues and superiors as communication have its own strengths and challenges.

Amongst all the networks of communications, my greatest strength in communication lies in being a good listener. In my opinion, a good listener perceives more meaning on what the other person is saying because it allows me to pay close attention to their words. Good listening skills involve the practice of active listening which allows a better understanding of the person I am speaking to, as well as being able to respond appropriately. By being a good listener, I would gain respect and trust from the speaker so that their words are being acknowledged verbally and their verbal messages are not neglected.

Additionally, the challenges I face in communication are picking the right medium to convey a message, being confident in my interactions with others and being friendly through communicating with peers whom I am not fond of. Based on my experience, I have trouble communicating with my colleagues through face-to-face interactions because I prefer to relay my ideas through writing as it allows me to better organize my thoughts and prevent miscommunication from happening. Furthermore, when I am speaking to a person whom I am not fond of, I tend to ignore what they are conversing about which is apparent through my body language. However, after forming a rapport to my peers, I discovered that I should not judge a person based on my past experience with him/her.

My resolution by the end of this course is to have a flexible and open mind to improve on my body language and boost my confidence level. In return, this allows me to be able to accept and encourage constructive feedbacks from others and listen to a person’s point of view, rather than simply getting my message across. By opening my means of communication, I will be able to have honest and productive conversations. Secondly, I also aim to improve on my nonverbal communication such as body language, eye contact, and hand gestures.

Hopefully, by the end of this course, good communication skills do require me to interpret and understand the question similarly to the image shown.(400 words)

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Alfin, for sharing your view of some of your communication strengths and weaknesses. You focus on your skill as a listener, which is indeed important. You aptly point put that listening carefully to others enhances understanding and is a sign of respect.

    You openly mention a couple weaknesses, and you note that you're working to correct some of these. This sort of awareness and intent is admirable.

    I look forward to working with you this term.


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