What’s Your Mode of Communication?

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Preparation: One of the main forms of communication is direct communication – person to person contact through conversations, words, facial expressions, body language, tone of voice, dress, speeches or presentation. As you can see, direct communication can be either verbal or non-verbal.

The other main form of communication is mediated communication- writing letters or emails, social media, websites, text messages, stickers, t-shirts, signs, graffiti, photographs, television, books, music and other forms of art. Again, there are both verbal and non-verbal forms of mediated communication.


Process: Take a minute to think about how you most commonly communicate about things you care about. Write answers to these questions in your Joyality Journal.

  • Which forms of communication do you use the most?
  • Which are you most comfortable with, which do you really enjoy, and why?
  • Which are you uncomfortable with? Why?
  • Which forms of communication do you think you are best or most effective at using? (These may be forms you are comfortable with or they may not.)
  • Which forms would you like to improve your use of? How could you go about doing this?

 

Reflection: Our experience is that, if you sit in a group of people sharing this exercise, you will find that people have different modes of communication. That is, different people enjoy, and are effective at, communicating in different ways. Some people like talking one-on-one with people, others like using social media, another person might be a good visual artist, and someone may even like public speaking! This means that if that group were to get together to focus on creating positive change, communication modalities can be shared amongst the group, creating a very effective communication strategy. We can also share the communication skills we have with each other, if we want to improve in certain modalities.

 

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