Communication has been around since human beings were created, but as a discipline it came to prominence around the 1960s. Paul Watzlawick (a famous communication theorist) said: "You cannot not communicate." What that means is even when you’re not actively sending a message, even when words are not coming out of your mouth,coming across the keyboard from your typing, or being texted you’re still communicating.
It’s important to be cognizant of the messages we communicate…because intentional or unintentional you’re still sending a message. The importance of communication cannot be denied. Using effective communication is crucial to relationships and to be successful at work, school or play. There are, of course, many types of communication. We use verbal communication, nonverbal communication, written communication and many forms of each of those.
We can’t escape the act of communicating…so lets just embrace it and work on using it effectively. Remember, you cannot not communicate…so why not do it effectively?
Contributor: Sheila Cuffy