The word ‘Communication’ comes from the Latin word commūnicāre, meaning ‘to share’. Communication is the ‘sharing’ of information between two or more individuals or within a group to reach a common understanding. Communication skills are those skills which are needed to speak and write properly. A person who is able to speak appropriately while maintaining eye contact with the audience, uses varied vocabulary and articulate speech to suit the need of the audience is generally said to be an effective speaker. Similarly, an effective writer should be able to use written words in various styles and techniques to communicate his/her message and ideas to the readers. One should have the ability to listen carefully and write and speak clearly in any situation. Therefore good reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are essential for effective communication.
As a student, you may study any language, but it is important that you are able to read, write, speak and listen well in order to communicate properly. Speaking more than one language can help you to communicate well with people around the world. Learning English can help you to communicate with people who understand English besides the language you have been exposed to, from your childhood, for example, your mother tongue. In the present time, a thorough knowledge of the language with communication skills is very important in any occupation or to set up a business.
Importance of communication
Your ability to communicate clearly and share thoughts, feelings and ideas will help you in all your relationships. For example, you can inform about something or you can also influence others through communication. Communication skills are needed to:
- Inform: You may be required to give facts or information to someone. For example, communicating the timetable of an exam to a friend.
- Influence: You may be required to influence or change someone in an indirect but usually important way. For example, negotiating with a shopkeeper to reduce the price or helping a friend to overcome stress due to exams or any other reason.
- Express feelings: Talking about your feelings is a healthy way to express them. For example, sharing your excitement about doing well in your exams or sharing your feelings with your parents and friends.