Reflecting on the term as a whole for this subject, the two main areas of the units covered that I would take away in week 1 and week 3 which covered what communication is and the medium and message. Both of these topics I will be able to apply to both my further studies and my day to day life. Being able to communicate effectively non-verbally will help me when I am writing important emails or other pieces of writing because being able to have correct spelling, punctuation and grammar is important to convey a clear and concise message. In regard to the message and medium of communication, making sure there is little to no noise in the communication channel is essential if you want to achieve a goal or a task correctly the first time. Being able to effectively communicate a point across to a group of people can be challenging sometimes if they are not engaged or do not want to be involved with the task. Daffern, Mackenzie and Hemmings (2017) stated that in a digital age, many people are forgetting how to write effectively and correctly all the time with the over use of abbreviations and spell check and when it comes to writing something by hand, it can become extremely difficult for people to do that.
Blog post 2, which covers what we discussed in week 3 looks at noise, context and message in communication. Cenere, Gill, Lawson and Lewis (2015) stated in their text that message can be portrayed in many different ways including writing, presentations, poster and imagery and they can target different feelings in the viewer based on their beliefs. However, this can create noise in the communication channel and lead to a misinterpretation in the message that is trying to be conveyed. But how does this relate to me? Well if I was to write an email to a client for example, I would need to be able to choose the correct choice of language to ensure that the message I am trying to send it not targeting them or making them feel uncomfortable to being able to ensure the message is clear for them to understand.
Cenere, P., Gill, R., Lawson, C., Lewis, M., (2015)
Communication skills for business professionals. Cambridge.
Daffern, T., Mackenzie, N., & Hemmings, B. (2017).
Predictors of writing success: How important are spelling, grammar and punctuation? Australian Journal of Education, 61(1), 75-87.