COMS201 Fall 2011

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Lesson 1

Filed under: Uncategorized September 19, 2011 @ 13:36

Thanks for the great class on Saturday. We will hopefully continue to build a solid sense of community and academic interaction as the term progresses. You should have all received an email invitation for the Blog, and I encourage you to take a look at what some of your colleagues have already posted (Much appreciated –  to those that have posted comments already!)

Just as a reminder:

Lecture 1 – Intro & Models

– Course Reader Chapter 1 (2-17)

Lecture 2 – Non-verbal

– Course Reader Chapter 5 (94-113)


I would like to pose the following questions to you:


1. What form of communication do you use most each day?

2. Do you think you are an effective communicator?

3. Which is most important in your day to day interactions with other people? Digital, verbal, textual, or non-verbal communication?


  1. therese:

    I communicate with people through facebook a lot. We will actually make plans thru events or messaging. Groups that I belong to will also schedule events and send invites thru FB. My family are the only ones I seem to talk to these days! Although I occasionally go old school and get on the phone! I think I am a good communicator, except possibly where my husband is concerned. But that might just be a male/female thing. No cure for that! I do apreciate a response when I have posted something so non verbal/ texting is most effective. I have teenagers – they don’t talk much!

  2. shidashabanirad:

    1. What form of communication do you use most each day?

    I work full time as a branch manager at Rogers and go to school full time as well. Communication is a huge part of my everyday life. I think between work and school i mostly use my phone(s). I have a personal and business line which i have to carry with me at all times and it gets tiering to have to keep up to date with both. I’d say the most form of communication i use on a daily base is my email. it seems to be the most efficient way to keep contact with my employees and head management team.

    2. Do you think you are an effective communicator?

    Since i work for a communication company and my main role is to communicate with staff and employees i think i do manage it well all around and try to keep on top of everything daily and make sure that i communicate the best i can with work staff, customers, class mates, friends and family. It can get crazy at times though, i’d be lying if i said i don’t want to knock my head into the wall sometimes haha, though I’m stable so nobody panic!

    3. Which is most important in your day to day interactions with other people? Digital, verbal, textual, or non-verbal communication?

    During my everyday life, i find i like the none verbal communicating the best sometimes because despite wanting to keep in contact with media and everyone in my life i do get frustrated at times and its best to think before you send a text or an email to hide such emotions! However sometimes depending on the situation it is best to just communicate face to face i believe, but thats not always an option.

  3. Graham:

    I would say that I typically use non-verbal communication the most. All the actions, expressions, and movements can be communicated to others and these occur more then I could possibly talk or text.
    The effectiveness of these communications are up for debate. Personally I would say I’m alright at conveying the intended message, but there is undoubtedly room to get better.

  4. Bart Allan:

    As a full time IT Analyst and a full time student, I find that communication makes up the majority of my day, the majority being through non-verbal communication; mostly email. I read and respond to well over a 100 emails a day and plenty of phone calls to top it off, therefore I would say that being an effective communicator is the most important part of my job. While I feel that I am an effective communicator, I often find it difficult to communicate my idea’s with my colleagues and clients who are not involved in IT, and although my intended message makes sense to me, the actual message that is received can be very different. In my day to day interactions, the most important form of communication would be digital, from emails to IM’s digital communication facilitates fast and effective communication, and in the end it saves me countless hours.

    – Bart

  5. Brooklyn:

    1.On a daily basis I use non-verbal communication the most. Texting is my main form of communication throughout the day. I consider myself very outgoing and more than comfortable meeting new people, but we are living in a technologically advanced day where texting is one of the most common forms of communication. If I need to get in touch with a family member or friend, texting will not be as time consuming as calling or travelling.

    2.I hope that I am an effective communicator. I text a lot, which can change the way people understand particular messages due to the inability to hear tone of voice. While communicating face to face, I believe, or would hope to believe, that I communicate effectively. I am specifically proud of my ability to communicate with children. I taught children dance for two years, learning the ways in which children perceive messages in comparison to grown adults. Although I am comfortable with my communication skills I am always eager to learn more.

    3.Verbal communication is definitely the most meaningful type of communication in my day to day life. It gives me a sense of closeness, and helps me to know the person I am communicating with on a more personal level. On another note, non-verbal communication is a significant part of my day to day life. Facial expressions and body language are key in receiving messages the way the “sender” meant for the messages to come across. Therefore, verbal and non-verbal communication are both extremely important in getting my messages across effectively.

  6. devinchollat:

    The mode of communication I use the most is very difficult to pin down since it can very significantly with each day. I would have to say the most common is face to face, since that is typically what I do at work everyday. As far as my effectiveness goes, well, I would consider myself fairly sufficient. The most important way for me to communicate is face to face in front of a whiteboard. Anything less is typically ineffective when expressing concepts and ideas. One thing I find, particularly with email, is that textual based communication rarely ever provides a clear image when trying to explain something.

  7. KelseyMcCay:

    I would say that verbal communication is what I use most on a day to day basis. Although the advances in technology have created many other forms of communication, I usually just use those to contact my friends and family and make plans. As I am an extremely visual person, I like being able to see peoples facial expressions and other non-verbal forms of communication while having a conversation, also being able to hear the tone is a persons voice, where they are stressing and emphasizing a word is not clear in textual and digital communication and therefore hinders your understanding of their message. I believe I am an alright communicator, there is definitely room for improvement.

    – Kelsey

  8. Nadia:

    I mostly use verbal communication throughout my day.I work in a school and I have young children at home, all of whom want and need me to speak to them.
    I believe I am an effective communicator during some situations and at other times I miss the mark on an explanation or when someone is telling me something.
    I think that verbal and non verbal communication go hand in hand during my day not one being more importatnt than the other but together I can get a better understanding of a situation.
    – Nadia

  9. kevinsmith:

    1. I use a mix of actual speaking (crazy in this day), texting, and internet chat, almost in equal measure, every day. I’ve never been the type to be addicted to texting on my phone, but it’s just easier to get in contact with certain people that way. Still, nothing beats an actual face to face conversation if you ask me.

    2. I hope so! I am doing this as a major, so if I’m not, I better get awesome at it real quick. I feel like I’m very effective at convincingly conveying my thoughts and opinions, but less adept at telling people how I really feel, emotionally. Who IS good at that, though?

    3. Verbal communication is when I make the deepest and most important connections with people. You can text and message all you want, but nothing beats a straight up conversation with someone.

  10. CaitlinSimpson:

    I would love to say that my primary source of communication is verbal, but the sad truth of todays world is that most communication is fast and to the point (text messages, precise emails, etc..) Thus, I have also taken part in modern communication. Although I would love to write letters instead of e-mails, it’s just not practical.

    I am a very effective communicator, I always make sure my point has been taken exactly as I intended it. I also ask questions to others to make sure I am recieving their point in the same way.

    Verbal communication is most important throughout the day. I can see where the person is coming from, and their facial expressions help me to better recieve their point.

  11. rolandkwan:

    I’m in favour of the short, concise messages that is modern communication. Though I hate it when people “tYpE lyKe dis 2 b specIal” (which is a pretty modern way for people to type to each other apparently). It’s even sadder that it’s people that have a decent level of education that type like total idiots too.

    Also, I find that a lot of people from the previous generation like long pointless…phone calls. I agree in the convenience and utility of cell phones, but sometimes it is such a nuisance. Most phone calls consist of wasted breath and pointless noise, with only 1 minute of constructive messaging. Text messaging is the same, I don’t want to receive 10 one-word messages just to find out you had nothing to say.

    So I’d say that modern style of communication is made and can be so easy to everybody, but people just abuse that as a reason to be less concise. Back in the day, you wouldn’t send letters to people one word at a time would you?

  12. orkansuleymanov:

    Personallly i use all of these communication methods each day..I am from Azerbaujan and my family is in there,canada has 11 hours time difference with my country.So, i have to use digital communication(like skype) for connecting with my family..Textual method is also so important, it is cheap and obvious..But i use mostly verbal method for adaptation to the new life,communication in class and so on. My english is not so good, that is why sometimes i use mimics,non-verbal method for explaning my thought:)

  13. meghanroskaft:

    1. I mostly use verbal communication throughout my day. Often times, in the work environment, I will use verbal communication (via face to face or over the phone) and send a follow up email to ensure the other individual has clear direction and a resource to reference if something is forgotten from conversation.

    2. I think everyone likes to think they are effective communicators, however I also believe that wholly understanding someone (or someone completely understanding you) is an unachievable goal – it will always be left to the individual’s interpretation of what is said. Nevertheless, I think I can be an effective communicator when the communication is in writing – this way thoughts can be planned out, vocabularly can be more thoroughly explored, and if you are passionate (read: angry, excited, etc.) about the subject you are writing about, you can usually leave and go back to what you have written before you send it off, ensuring nothing was written in haste (compared to a passionate discussion when tact isn’t always at the forefront).

    3. In my day to day interactions with other people verbal and non verbal communication is the most important (face to face). This is important to me for several reasons: first being that, sure, digital communication can be efficient, but taking the time to “shoot the shit” with someone is not wasted breath but a time to grow relationships, decompress, or what have you. Second, having my family and friends back in Ontario really reminds you that digital communication is just not as valuable with those you love as seeing them face to face. I think this can be periodically forgotten. Lastly, I think face to face communication allows for more reflexivity in the conversation – more reactions – resulting in deeper, richly packed stories, or debates, and so on.

  14. Mikayla:

    Until this week I had never been on twitter, or on any other blog site for that matter, the first and only time I’ve used Skype was with my 93 year old Grandma (who is also on Facebook). Speaking of which, my Facebook and email get checked once a week at most. With that said, as I have done some traveling I find Facebook is a really good way to stay in touch with people in different time zones. All in all I’d say I have some work to do when it comes to technological communication… or as they call it \Social Networking\ which in my case extends mostly to phone calls, and texting. I’m finding as time goes on that this is going to need to change. As a part time waitress, and full time student communication is definitely a very important part of my day but I am thus far still relying on good old fashion face to face verbal communication. I am a 19 year old female in my second year…Wish me luck.

  15. courtneyfleury:

    1. What form of communication do you use most each day?
    Since I do my job online and use Tumblr regularly, written communication is probably the type I use most. I still like having face-to-face discussions (although I’m kind of shy doing that with strangers) and I think that I use Facbook/texting less than average, it’s still more convenient to send messages online in most cases. I feel like I can get my point across best when I can type it out and spend time to make sure it’s clear.

    2. Do you think you are an effective communicator?
    I think I communicate well when it comes to ideas I know a lot about. It’s hard for me to improvise and just do small talk with people I don’t know very well but when I’m interested in something and have the knowledge to back it up, communicating is a strong suit for me. I’m also better at non-verbal communication because I like being able to think through what I’m about to say. With the way texting/email has become so popular and meeting up to talk in person is less common, I’d guess that a lot of people are in the same situation, though.

    3. Which is most important in your day to day interactions with other people? Digital, verbal, textual, or non-verbal communication?
    Since digital/written communication is the kind I use most, it’s probably the most important to me, but I also think that verbal communication is a very important skill to have. There are always situations where people need to be able to speak intelligently (job interviews, talking at weddings/funerals, when meeting people for the first time) so I think it’s still necessary to have these abilities. Non-verbal communication is important too because it offers things that other forms can’t. Emotion, sarcasm, and context are things that aren’t always immediately obvious when texting/emailing. Speaking with other people still incorporates non-verbal communication with nodding, body language, facial expressions, etc. which is why all of the aforementioned types are relevant in some way.

  16. Lizette:

    I am an avid social media user, which helps me to connect to people around the globe on a 24/7/365 scale. As a writer and international business owner, it is important for me to be connected to supporters and clients around the world. My office, however centrally located in Calgary, does not give me the social accessibility that I get through networks like LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube, and others. I prefer written communication as verbal communication is very ambiguous when communicating with people of all walks of life. Cultural differences are effective barriers to successful communication, and I find written communication levels the playing field more, so to speak, for people to communicate on an equal basis.

    As someone with a multi-lingual and international background, I have to work twice as hard to communicate effectively verbally in Canada. As Brian Friel showed in his play, Translations (1981), a lot of meaning gets lost in translation. Accent, tonality, language inflections, and body language can easily be miss communicated and are often misinterpreted in different cultures. As a student I have to interact with people of all ages and I believe I have achieved a fair amount of success in bridging any generation gaps when communicating with people not of my age. However, communication techniques vary and change rapidly, and one can never be content at minor successes; one has to keep striving for better communication on all levels as communication is the key to better understanding of what it means to be human, and for a better world for all.

    Many conflicts have started due to a lack of understanding, acceptance, and tolerance, and communication is the key that unlocks all these crucial life elements. Fear of the unknown and the “other” is a key factor in many social prejudices, such as racial intolerance, for example, and it is to our personal and societal advantage to try to bridge gaps in our understanding of our fellow human beings. Culturally constructed differences can be overcome by better communication. Edward Said’s book Orientalism (1978), is an interesting read for anyone interested in inter-cultural communication. In a deeply divided world where geographic, religious, economic, political, social, gender, age, ethnic, and racial differences, to name but a few, all set us all apart as individuals, it is imperative to co-operate through better communication to provide peace and prosperity for all people.

    I look forward to discuss these and other themes with my fellow classmates and invite you all to join me on Facebook so we can get to know each other better. Link:

    Lizette De Klerk

  17. Therese Henderson:

    I really think I am going to like this class. It works for my brain and I like it’s relevance to todays world. Most of the people I know who are not happy with the changes to Facebook. I find Mark Zuckerbergs defense of it interesting. Here is the link to the article about the new timeline.,2817,2393514,00.asp#fbid=LY2xzX_FV7P.

  18. nathanking:

    Spell check has been great for people who can’t spell well… but sometimes we can rely a little bit too heavily on it and our meaning get misinterpreted by the misspelling of a single word:

  19. ken:

    1. What form of communication do you use most each day?
    If I dont count texting, verbal communication becomes the most solid and constant form of communication that I use. I speak on the phones for my day to day livelyhood, so I have to speak clearly and adequately to explain myself when prompted. My inflection and spaces between my sentences are crucial to those I am speaking to so that they can understand and not take offense when I am chatting with them.

    2. Do you think you are an effective communicator?
    -I honestly do not believe that I am as an effective communicator as I can be. A lot of my actions and body language can be viewed as ambiguous and hard to read and at time it conflicts with other’s perception of what I am saying. In the relationship with my wife, she may ask me a question and my response would be a grunt or a nonverbal acknowledgement. In my head I say “i agree, lets do it”, but I am not clear to her and that sparks frustration on her behalf. I still need to work on that.

    3. Which is most important in your day to day interactions with other people? Digital, verbal, textual, or non-verbal communication?
    I believe that verbal communication and touch are the most important form of commuinication for me because they are more intimate with the more intimate persons in my life. Saying “I love you” and showing that I do are constantly used hand in hand when I speak with my wife and my mum & dad.

  20. soniamcrae:

    Social networking is a huge part of today’s world! It makes information readily available in just a matter of moments, and world events are in the palm of your hands. Facebook was a huge part in aiding police officers identify rioters after the 2011 Stanley cup game in Vancouver. This is not the first time there was a riot in Van but thanks to cell phones, facebook, twitter and everything else people did not get off as scott free as they did 30 years ago. Citizens in Vancouver were even reaching out via social networking to people stuck in the riot and offering strangers safe places to stay till the madness was over, tell me what you think:

  21. Brittney:

    I think the form of communication people use (not just myself) the most every day is non-verbal. Every moment you are awake you are communicating if you mean to or not. I think I’m such a good communicator of my thoughts because I do it often unintentionally and without even noticing. I just was told by all of my coworkers I roll my eyes a lot. This was something I didn’t notice I was doing, and since being told, I notice when I do it on an embarassingly consistant basis. Apparently it is impossible for me to lie about my emotions. I see myself as a good communicator because clearly, everyone know exactly what I’m thinking.
    The form of communication I intentionally use most on a day to day basis is texting and phone calls. I spend an embarassing amount of time on my phone and often talk about nothing just for the sake of talking.

  22. Mark P:
    Some tips on the importance of social networking as it implies to getting a job.

  23. Mark P:

    So apparently we were supposed to blog about the questions that Chase posted under the “Lesson 1” heading. Honestly I just thought everybody was copying everyone else in some sort of one-upmanship battle, like Mr. Bean and his pens. Anyways, here are my answers to last weeks questions.

    1) Face-to-face communication.
    2) Sometimes.
    3)Non-verbal communication.

  24. Roland k:

    ^ haha. Nicely done. I’d much prefer forums to blogs. Then I can post things like this, not that it’s stopping me though.

  25. CSR:

    Do you have a good free forum platform that we could use as a class?

  26. Lizette De Klerk:


    What about ICQ or Skype?

    More on ICQ here:

    More on Skype here:

  27. joannelee:

    1. What form of communication do you use most each day?
    Non-verbal, texting, talking, emailing and facebook.

    2. Do you think you are an effective communicator?

    Sometimes. Sometimes I am too harsh and blunt. I need to figure out how to say things more P.C. Lots of times I say things, then need to explain myself or I preface my words with, “This may come off bitchy, however,….” or a lot of times I don’t hide my non-verbal cues enough. So I’ve given up trying. Really depends on my mood and how hard I want to try or if I even care at that point that I’m offending someone. I usually try to avoid the world if I’m feeling grouchy.

    Other times I think I am very clear and I always ask people if they understand what I am trying to say. I don’t like to beat around the bush. I can’t stand when people don’t just come right out and tell me things. Hence, my bluntness and honesty with people. I do try to make sure I don’t go out on purpose and be mean or hurt other people’s feelings. However, I do try to be very honest with people and if something is hard to say I may preface with, “This is difficult for me to say this, however….” Usually people appreciate the honesty and sometimes they don’t. People usually know where they stand with me. If I don’t like them, they know it and if I do like them, they know it. However, I do still need to learn and figure out “how” to say things with more empathy and political correctness.

    My non-verbals give me a hassle at times. Sometimes I may look cranky, when I’m not. I may just be in my own world thinking of something that is bothering me. So I appreciate when people ask me if I am because that reminds me to smile and to snap out of my deep thoughts.

    3. Which is most important in your day to day interactions with other people? Digital, verbal, textual, or non-verbal communication?

    All of the above. I don’t think you can get away from any of it. I am connected to the digital world in a big way and that is the easiest way to get in touch with me. I may not answer the phone, but I’ll answer a text right away. When I am speaking to other people I am constantly reading their non-verbal cues and forming judgements/opinions from what they are not telling me. I will rephrase or tailor what I say according to their non-verbals…. that’s if I care that day. 🙂

  28. Raeesa M:

    1. What form of communication do you use most each day?

    The way I communicate varies every day depending on who I’m communicating with, but most of the time I’m switching between Facebook, Twitter, texting, emailing, talking face to face or face to phone, and now living away from home my non-verbal communication is saved for my roommate rather than my mom.

    2. Do you think you are an effective communicator?

    I’d have to say I am a effective communicator …most of the time, I’d question myself if I answered no because that’s the whole reason I’m doing a Bachelor in Communications Studies at U of C or prior to this doing the radio program at NAIT.

    3. Which is most important in your day to day interactions with other people? Digital, verbal, textual, or non-verbal communication?

    Being at U of C I’m finding verbal is a important way for interaction with people especially the profs. I say this because when you’re using any sort of communication besides verbal you’re just a name to them but it’s different and positive when you’re a face to the name especially when they come across hundreds and hundreds of students. Otherwise digital and textual is great of interaction when I want to keep in touch with my family and friends back home because let’s be serious it’s costly when you want to pick up the phone and call them if you don’t have a long distance plan. When it comes to non-verbal communication I always feel it’s the communication that speaks more than words, it expresses what you might not want to say in words.

  29. Fraser Flemons:

    1. What form of communication do you use most each day?

    I use media to communicate mainly. I studied broadcasting which really showed me how important and influential media sources can be. Facebook, email, television, internet ect. fascinate me and I use as many forms of media to communicate as possible

    2. Do you think you are an effective communicator?

    I think I am, because I understand the different and effective modes of communication. I have had experience communicating through many of these which has made every aspect of my communication stronger.

    3. Which is most important in your day to day interactions with other people? Digital, verbal, textual, or non-verbal communication?

    Probably digital. verbal communication is vital, however digital tends to be how the majority of my communicating is delivered.

  30. Dan:

    1. What form of communication do you use most each day?
    Verbal and non-verbal mostly, then a combination of some texting and social networking.

    2. Do you think you are an effective communicator?
    I do, I’ve been told that not only am I a good listener but a good friend. I’ve also been told that I have a lot of patience and show a good amount of respect for those who may not be as close socially to others.

    3. Which is most important in your day to day interactions with other people? Digital, verbal, textual, or non-verbal communication?
    Out of these options, definitely verbal. As important as it is to have good digital and written communication these days, I still find it most important to establish sincere bonds with people at a personal level. Any amount of formal writing doesn’t completely substitute for the trust and respect one finds earned (not granted), at a personal level.

  31. Alan Dockrill:

    1. E-mail is definitely my most used form of daily communication. My job requires me to communicate via email up to 100 times per day.

    2. I think I have a great strength in my ability to communicate through the written word, however I feel my verbal/personal communication skills are not a strength.

    3. If communication importance is veiwed as a quantitative measure, then certainly my digital/e-mail communications are of most import, as I utilize the medium the most. However, from my perspective my verbal/personal communications with colleagues, family and friends is most important, even if not used as frequently.

  32. Sonia McRae:

    1. What form of communication do you use most each day?
    The form of communication I use the most each day is probably communicating through my cell phone, whether it be text messaging, speaking on the phone, email, or using facebook. I do see many people on a daily basis because they surround me at the university but that does not mean I interact with them very often. There are some days I come home after 5 hours of class and realize I have no spoken to anyone verbally in person all day.
    2. Do you think you are an effective communicator?
    I do think I am an effective communicator, especially when it’s face to face verbal contact so that the people that I am communicating with can see my non verbal communication as well as hear my tone of voice and the message that I am trying to get across. Communicating via electronics is more difficult to be effective at, so I try to stay away from them when I have something important that needs to get across.
    3. Which is most important in your day to day interactions with other people? Digital, verbal, textual, or non-verbal communication?
    I think non verbal is my most important interaction because that is how you can really tell what a person is thinking and how they feel about what they are saying. Non verbal is the most important communicator in our society.

  33. christinbell:

    1. What form of communication do you use most each day?
    It seems that the communication that I use the most during the day is either e-mail or texting. In the office environment we have created a culture that prefers to send e-mails to people, even if they are in the office next to you. In my personal life I have noticed that very few friends will call to see how I a doing, but rather send a text with a simple “how are you”. To me both of these forms of communication takes away from the personal relationships. In the office I try to make a point to get away from my computer to talk and see co-works and I now return texts with phone calls.
    2. Do you think you are an effective communicator?
    When using e-mail as a form of communication I have learnt that it is very easy to miss-communicate or miss-interpret a message. Now that I am aware of this I try to communicate in a clear manner and to use other forms of communications to follow-up. I would like to think that my communications skills are improving.
    3. Which is most important in your day to day interactions with other people? Digital, verbal, textual, or non-verbal communication?
    I think non-verbal is relatively important when you are interacting with people. Personally I have to consciously focus on ensuring my non-verbal communication is sending the correct message. I also think that it important to be able to communicate effectively by e-mail and verbally. These two types of communication are what I us daily to make a living.

  34. Duy:

    1.What form of communication do you use most each day?
    I would have to say texting and non-verbal. I definitely feel odd forgetting my phone at home & a sense of being “cut-off” from the world, which is liberating and disconcerting at the same time. In today’s day-and-age where you are constantly connected and reachable anywhere at anytime…I feel strange going “radio silent” for a couple of hours. Also, since I have no poker face whatsoever, I definitely use non-verbal communication a lot. I also communicate with my hands, especially when I’m excited or frustrated.

    2. Do you think you are an effective communicator?
    I know that I am not an effective communicator. Oftentimes, I find that I have a hard time explaining concepts or feelings. I also have to watch my sense of humour because it’s borderline offensive most of the time, but I never intend to be malicious. I definitely need to work on my communication skills because I really believe it’s one of the most important skills to have…so it’s on my self-improvement list, right under “Be a Better Person”. I’m pretty good at Pictionary though.

    3. Which is most important in your day to day interactions with other people? Digital, verbal, textual, or non-verbal communication?
    At the end of the day, the conversations that I remember and the ones that are the most important to me are the face-to-face ones. Personally, I get so much more out of a live interaction with someone than the usual phone call, text, or e-mail. Although, due to laziness and location, most of the time I text.

  35. Jill Truscott:

    1. The main form of communication I use throughout my days is verbal communication, specifically the spoken word. I have always been a very outgoing and talkative person, sometimes to my demise, but also find this to be the most effective way of communicating for myself. I would rather call someone then text, as I often find my messages can be misinterpreted when I am not communicating verbally. I find that my spoken words are most effective, however with the continuous advancement in digital technologies, I do find myself using other forms of verbal communication as well in my every day life. Although I limit the use of text, I often use facebook or email to connect with friends that I have met from other countries. As it is difficult to organize a time to speak on the phone, this is my main form of communication with the friends I have made travelling.

    2. I feel that I am an effective communicator, in both verbal and non-verbal communication. I find it very easy to communicate my feelings and thoughts with friends and family, although at times I find it more difficult with strangers or in the classroom. I have always been very honest in my communication, and open with my attitudes and beliefs towards different issues. In terms of non-verbal communication, I find that I have grown in this throughout my travels as it became more important for me to effectively communicate in ways other then verbal. I now find it a lot easier to communicate with someone from a different culture, or that speaks a different language, without too many interruptions due to miscommunication.

    3. The most important communication in my day-to-day interactions with people is verbal communication. My time spent talking to friends and family is what I hold at upmost importance, and greatly shapes my identity. At the same time, I also enjoy the use of non-verbal communication: comfortable silences, body language, and eye contact. The use of both verbal and non-verbal communication simultaneously is also very important in conveying the overall message.

  36. yamna:

    1. What form of communication do you use most each day?
    I would have to say i tend to use the social networking sites along side my blackberry, im a fulltime student as well as event coordinator for the PSS, i volunteerism at the hospital and have two part-time jobs. i truly feel as if none of this would be feasible with out me being able to actively communicate with the one around me.

  37. Crystal She:

    1. What form of communication do you use most each day?
    I probably use social networking sites the most, mainly youtube but facebook,twitter and blog sites as well. I am very obsessed with youtube so I like to stay involved very heavily with that community and of course that extends to the other social media platforms. I do not use verbal communication as much anymore since I am either sleeping, eating or at school by myself studying. I seem to isolate myself so I do not have to strike up conversations with other people even though I really enjoy talking to others.

    2. Do you think you are an effective communicator?
    I don’t think I’m as an effective communicator as I wish to be. I am very sarcastic but I feel as though most people hear what I’m saying in the wrong sense. Especially over text, for one I am horrible with texting so I have tons of spelling and grammar mistakes and second I never reply to text messages until a few says later. I also talk very fast so you won’t be able to hear a word I am saying, I tend to feel like I have too much to say so I try to say it out really fast which also ends up being very loud. Also my face always tends to look very sad so from non-verbal communication people think I’m always sad or tired or mad, But I love talking to other people and I’m not scared to present in front of a class most of the time but that is probably because I am used to talking to myself in the camera.

    3. Which is most important in your day to day interactions with other people? Digital, verbal, textual, or non-verbal communication?
    Digital is the most important day to day interaction with other people. Although I do believe that non-verbal communication is a close second. I am on the internet 24/7 even when I’m sleeping so I go to my laptop first when I need to interact with others. Even my parents will e-mail me from downstairs telling me information about the weekend since they know I will probably receive the message more than I would if I heard it verbally since I tend to tune them out. Non-verbal is a close second since I react easily to certain things which is why I try to look down when I’m walking down the hall because I might give people funny looks.

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