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Jeff Klassen1/29/07Improvement in Comm SkillsI have learned a lot about communication skills in Comm Skills 1015. One thing Ihave learned a lot about is how detrimental external interferences can be to the meaningof the intended message. According to Seiler & Beall (2005), interferences can be definedas “anything that changes the meaning of an intended message” (p. 18). I havediscovered first hand that these interferences can cause the person I am communicatingwith to get distracted and miss out on part of the message I am trying to convey to them.Interferences can be both internal and external. Internal interferences most often come inthe form of people having a lot on their mind (Seiler & Beall, 2005, p. 18). Externalinterferences can be caused by loud noises in the environment, a smoke filled room, dirtyor grimy conditions or an unpleasant odor (Seiler & Beall, 2005, p. 18). When I, thecommunicator, try to communicate an important topic, I know that I can do very little torelieve the listener of his internal interferences and that I should focus on limiting thelistener’s external interferences. Because of the topics taught in Comm Skills 1015, whentrying to hold an important conversation, I would take the person I wished to hold aconversation to a quiet location where not a lot of distracting activities would be taking place. Doing this drastically reduced the external interferences to the message I wastrying to convey and thus facilitated me in getting the message to the user in as pure aform as possible. This semester, in Comm Skills 1016, we will be going over publicspeaking. I hope that I, from this, will learn how to further decrease external interferenceswhen speaking to others.

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