Jeff Klassen 1/29/07 Improvement in Comm Skills I have learned a lot about communication skills in Comm Skills 1015.

One thing I have learned a lot about is how detrimental external interferences can be to the meaning of the intended message. According to Seiler & Beall (2005), interferences can be defined as “anything that changes the meaning of an intended message” (p. 18). I have discovered first hand that these interferences can cause the person I am communicating with 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 in the form of people having a lot on their mind (Seiler & Beall, 2005, p. 18). External interferences can be caused by loud noises in the environment, a smoke filled room, dirty or grimy conditions or an unpleasant odor (Seiler & Beall, 2005, p. 18). When I, the communicator, try to communicate an important topic, I know that I can do very little to relieve the listener of his internal interferences and that I should focus on limiting the listener’s external interferences. Because of the topics taught in Comm Skills 1015, when trying to hold an important conversation, I would take the person I wished to hold a conversation 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 was trying to convey and thus facilitated me in getting the message to the user in as pure a form as possible. This semester, in Comm Skills 1016, we will be going over public speaking. I hope that I, from this, will learn how to further decrease external interferences when speaking to others.

References Seiler, J. S., Beall, M.L. (2005). Communication: Making connections (6th ed.). Massachusetts:Pearson Education.