How to Communicate Effectively

Communication can simply be explained as an interaction that occurs between two or more individuals. For communication to take place, there has to be a sender, a message, a receiver and the feedback.

As you read through this post, we are communicating. Though we aren’t seeing face-to-face, I am still passing a message and you are receiving it. We complete the communication process when you give me feedback in the comments section.

Communication can be tricky at times, especially when the sender and the receiver do not share the same perception, which means both parties would not have a mutual understanding. When this happens, communication has not been effective. Ineffective communication is what leads to quarrels mostly.

Take these conversations for example:

Occasion 1

Peace: Juliet, I’m off to school. See you later.

Juliet: Oh, I’m also ready but I forgot something in the room, let me get it quickly. I’ll join you soon.

Juliet went to get her stuff while Peace waited for her. She returned and they left together.

Occasion 2

Peace: Juliet, I’m off to school. See you later.

Juliet: Oh, I’m also ready but I forgot something in the room, let me get it quickly. I’ll join you soon.

Juliet went to get her stuff while Peace went her way thinking Juliet would meet her in school. Juliet returned and did not meet Peace waiting for her. She felt unhappy.

Occasion 3

Peace: Juliet, I’m off to school. See you later.

Juliet: Oh, I’m also ready but I forgot something in the room, let me get it quickly. I’ll join you soon.

Juliet went to get her stuff while peace waited for her. Juliet was taking too long to come out of her room. Peace became impatient not knowing Juliet was not aware she was waiting for her.


From the three conversations above, the statements were the same but the meaning each person read to it was quite different.

In communicating with others, there are things we often don’t consider which, in turn, harm the effectiveness of the communication process. Some of these things include:

1. Body language and gestures

In a face to face interaction, body language cannot be overemphasized. It communicates on its own more than your words will. It is important you give the correct gesture with the message you are passing across. Eye contact, smiling, crying and moodiness; all of these compliments your communication with others.

2. Patient and open-mindedness

Patience is an important virtue in a good communication. Sometimes, an unpleasant situation would have been avoided if both parties were patient enough to understand issues. For every condition, there is a way to communicate.

3. Receiving feedback from others

Feedback makes communication complete. It helps clear doubts and misinterpretation of issues. It helps you to know what the receiver is thinking and the receiver would also be sure he/she understands what the sender is trying to communicate.

4. Assumptions

As much as possible, don’t assume things. Make sure you follow up after communicating to ensure that the message was received and well understood. Assumptions, sometimes, lead to misunderstanding of facts.

5. Listening and thinking before you speak

Don’t rush to pass information because you might leave out important details. Think sharply and listen carefully.

If you want to maintain and improve your relationship with people, you should learn to pay attention to the way you communicate with others and the way you respond to communications made to you from others. Treat everyone equally while communicating and don’t talk down on anyone.

Communicating effectively with people can be learned.


Now that we have communicated, I look forward to your feedback in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to this blog to not miss a post.

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3 thoughts on “How to Communicate Effectively

  1. Hey! Nice post!

    Really like how you emphasize that communication is necessarily about talking but more about listening. And the ability to listen is often harder than we think.

    Communication is very important skill to possess. 50% of marriages or relationships, mostly fail due to communication problems!

    Thanks for sharing and looking forward to reading more from you! 🙂 Keep it up!

    Liked by 2 people

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