Communication

What Is Communication?

Someone has defined communication as transmitting the pictures in one person's head to another person, The dictionary defines it as:

noun
  1. the act or process of communicating; fact of being communicated.
  2. the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs.
  3. something imparted, interchanged, or transmitted.
  4. a document or message imparting news, views, information, etc.
  5. passage, or an opportunity or means of passage, between places.
  6. communications,
    1. means of sending messages, orders, etc., including telephone, telegraph, radio, and television.
    2. routes and transportation for moving troops and supplies from a base to an area of operations.

Communication difficulties involve many things: language and speed being the chief ones...

Language

Regional Differences

For communication to occur, all parties must share a common language. That is trickier than it sounds. It's obvious that Spanish and French are two distinct languages. Or are they? English itself has many flavors: British, Canadian, Australian, and United States. United States English has it's own flavors: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Western, etc. The same is true of regional dialects in France, Germany, and many parts of the world.

Color Preferences

Color preferences here is not about skin color. It is about core motives. There are essentially four color types: Red, Blue, White and Yellow. Each has a style of communicating based on their inner drives. While no generalization is always true (including this one), we can say that the following roughly describes the communication styles of the colors:

Color Preferences
Color Motive Style Type
Red Power, Progress Direct, to the point and fact based More logical
Blue Intimacy Analytical and responsive. Asks more quesions. More emotional
White Peace Passive, reflective and introspective More logical
Yellow Fun Eye contact, smiling and friendly More emotional

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Communication Speed

Immediate

Two-way voice communications, either in person, on a video chat or over the telephone are immediate. Information is transmitted and received in real time. This provides the opportunity for clarifying questions and nearly immediate (depending on color type) responses. For many reasons, this is the most "communicative" of the methods.

Slower
  • Postal service:this involves the following steps
    • Sender writes his or her thoughts on paper
    • Sender encloses the paper in an envelope
    • Sender gets the envelope to the sender's post office
    • Sender's post office transmits the letter to the recipient's post office
    • Recipient's post office delivers the letter to the recipient
    • Recipient reads the letter and goes through the above steps to reply
  • Publishing a Blog post
  • Posting a video on YouTube
Illusionary

These are methods that appear immediate, but are not.

  • Leaving a voicemail message
  • Sending an email
  • Sending a text message
  • Sending a Marco Polo message

More about these next time.

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