By Bhudeb Chakrabarti
If any men were to ask me what I would suppose to be a perfect language , I would answer that in which a man speaking to five hundred people of all common and various capacities should be understood by them all in the same sense which the speaker intended to be understood ~ Robinson Crusoe
Conveying effectively what you intend to convey, without leaving it subject to interpretation, is the essence of communication.
Communication is a part of our social, cultural and professional life; it holds the key to good relationships. Better communication helps in developing understanding relationships. People are generally comfortable talking to those with whom they can talk in an open manner.
It takes two to speak the truth, one to speak and another to hear. – Henry David Thoreau
Communication facilitates the coordination of work in organisations.
Effective communication is an essential Leadership skill. Good leaders, not only share their ideas, but are also able to transmit a sense of urgency or enthusiasm that motivates others to act on the ideas.
The interpersonal barriers cause more problems .We have to remember the human element in the process of communication. These are as follows:
All people are not same .They have different backgrounds of knowledge and experience and perceive the same phenomenon from different perspectives. Patience and empathy should be the key to establish proper rapport.
If a person tells someone to do a thing which he or she does not do, his or her message will not have the proper impact. Example is better than the precept.
Defensive communication leads to a set of chain reactions of defensiveness hampering effective communication. Communication should be open and frank.
Communication is not only speaking but listening. Keith Davis said, “Decision makers who do not listen have less information for making sound decision”.
This inbuilt barrier can be overcome to a great extent by the participative process.
Some managers hesitate to consult their group members due to the perception that the others may think that they do not know their job. Managers who consult their group are often in a better position to make a sound decision.
Specialists who think themselves superior due to their knowledge may end up creating a communication gap, as compared to those who work together with esprit-de-corps .
“A leader’s number one problem today can be summed up in one word: Communication.” Communication and interpersonal skills involve writing clearly, speaking well and listening intently.
Robert Louis Stevenson, the author of ”Treasure Island” mentioned some attributes of a good speaker.
Communication is not only speaking but also listening. Keith Davis laid down following hints for effective listening .
Nature gave people two ears but only one tongue with a gentle hint that we should listen more than talk .
Ending this post with a quote by Emerson.
Must we always talk for victory and never once for truth, for comfort and joy .
This article is contributed by Bhudeb Chakrabarti, Dy IG (Retd) CRPF. He has commanded several Operational and Administrative functions in the force and has imparted training to gazetted officers of CRPF and other central & state police forces.
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