Communication. For almost six months now, i have been bombarded by thoughts about what is that when you say communication. Other people might say, ‘ooh, communication is the thing we do when we talk with others’. But is communication really that shallow?
If you will ask a member of a Communication Academe, they could tell you, ‘Communication is a sending of messages from one point to another, wherein it could be hindered by a noise or could produce a feedback.” Forgive me for saying so, but i think it’s still shallow.
Shallow, not in a sense that it was never given depth, but shallow when we jive it with the way we interact with people. Communication goes beyond transmission. It is an understanding, a relationship, a spark, a connection.
I remember the blurb of Nokia, it goes like this, “Connecting People.” Mere two words, but I think it meant a lot that just ‘connecting’ and not much for the ‘people’. “Connecting People” as seen in the blurb may only mean to communicate, to make persons understand one another, not to cause more confusion. I think Communication should be like that, to create understanding amidst confusion.
I’m here discussing what communication is all about understanding but one thing keeps bothering me, how do i know that communication is understood? Simple, if one learns to interact.
Interaction with people comes only after communication. how could you interact when at first, you don’t communicate? true enough.
Let us say we already communicated and interaction, now, what comes next? What else, but understanding. When we communicate, we interact; and there comes understanding. Understanding one another is very important because it is one of the main goals of communication. to achieve understanding on both parties. If we fail to do that, then I say, it was not a successful practice of communication.
Now, you may wondering why the hell I am discussing this? Simply because i need to remind myself that i am a Communication major and if I’m a failure at communicating, interacting and understanding people, then might as well not continue in this field.