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The Elements of Communication

The Elements of Communication

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Forrest Buck Erika ChambersIntro to Communication21 Sep. 2009The Elements of CommunicationCommunication is defined by dictionary.com as the imparting or interchange of thoughts,opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs. The elements of communication aresender-receiver, messages, channels, noise, feedback, and setting. All of these elements areimportant to the communication process. I have used all of these many times throughout my lifetime and will probably do so again.The sender-receiver method of communication is one of the most important because it isthe basic concept of a conversation. That basic concept is someone talks and another personlistens. The sender is the person that is talking at the time and the receiver is the person that islistening. I use this element of communication every day. I have friends on campus and I talk tothem all the time and when we talk, we usually both have thoughts and opinions we wish toshare with one another so we both are sending and receiving messages using the sender-receiver element of communication.The next element of communication is the message. The message is basically what thesender is saying. Messages do not have to be verbal. A message can be sent in all forms of communicating: verbally, written, or using signs. I also send messages every day and in each of 
 
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those forms as well. Every day I find myself talking to someone, texting someone, or justnodding my head at someone. So I’m basically sending messages to people all day every day.Another element of communication is channels. The channel is basically how a messageis received. We all use channels in communicating every day. For instance I use the channel of sight when I dress or the channel of touch when I shake someone’s hand. There is channel for every type of communication one can do. Not all elements of communication have to deal with the actual communication itself such as noise. Noise is the interference of communication. It can be anything that disrupts thecommunication process. Noise is another element of communicating I encounter on a regular  basis. For instance when I am in class and the teacher is trying to teach but some students aretalking in the background I might not be able to properly hear what is being taught this is a formof external noise. Noise can also be internal though. Many times I have found myself not payingattention to what someone is saying to me because I start to day dream, sometimes it is because Iam having a problem that day, another example may be that I am focused on something else atthe moment. These are all examples of noise and how they can affect the communication process.Elements of communication can also be something that influences how a person mightcommunicate such as a setting. A setting is where the communication takes place. The settingusually influences how the communication process will go. Monday through Friday I go to classand in each of those classes I speak proper English and avoid using slang because it is a learningenvironment and a more professional setting. I also eat in the cafeteria with my friends everyday

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