Surname 2 Student’s Name Course Code Professor’s Name Date Human Communication Concepts

Surname 2

Student’s Name

Course Code

Professor’s Name

Date

Human Communication Concepts

Before the commencement of this course, I thought I was well-versed in communication. In particular, I did not value communication as long as I could exchange information with the other party. However, this was a subject to change immediately after I enrolled in the course. Specifically, the course immediately made me acknowledge that communication is a continuous, ongoing process. As a public speaker, I would proudly acknowledge myself as a great communicator. However, I have noticed there are several areas I need improvements after taking this course. The key area I need improvement relates to non-verbal communication. At the core, I need to be considerate of personal space.

The course has made me realize the importance of paying attention to my proximity to others. Ideally, as humans, we have distinct cultural beliefs, which view proximity in distinct ways. Therefore, taking notice if an individual one is communicating with is uncomfortable plays a crucial role in ensuring communication is effective. Simply, one cannot reach the peak; humans have to keep on learning and creating impact through symbolic interactions. Further, I now understand that human communication is symbolic and arbitrary, allowing humans to think, and talk about the past, explain the present, and speculate about the future. Simply, without human communication, it would be hard to satisfy physical, identity, social, and practical needs.

Further, the course has heightened my understanding that to become a great and effective communicator, I need to understand various concepts that aid communication. The most vital concepts aiding communication encompass culture, perception, and confidence. Culture plays a major role in human communication. Whether in the workplace or social place, we tend to convey information to others and interpret what is conveyed to us. One’s cultural characteristics hugely influence communication. Understanding that distinct cultures have different communication styles is a crucial aspect of being a good communicator. From the course, I have learned that beliefs, habits, behavioral norms, and autonomy. In terms of beliefs. I now understand that culture informs individual beliefs. Ideally, communicating with individuals with whom we share beliefs eases information exchange as compared to those with dissimilar beliefs. In terms of habits, the customary things people do are regulated by cultural inclination. In particular, behavioral norms is vital in shaping individual habits, which in turn influence communication. Notably, irrational norms make communication hard. Therefore, human communication concepts have enabled me to see communication from a broader perspective.

Regarding perception, as humans, we all undergo the process of selecting, organizing, and interpreting information. The course has broadened by understanding that perception influences communication in three ways; it helps humans decide on the channel to use while communicating, helps humans to choose a message, as well as perception can be created through communication. Consequently, through perception, we are able to understand how others communicate and and how we communicate. Also, confidence is a key concept of human communication. Ideally, when I am confident, I am able to speak concisely and with clarity, which ensures communication is effective. Confidence instills self-esteem lowering fear of interaction with others. Effective communication is vital for career advancement.