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Summary: Communication is essential to all of us, but it remains the center of most problems. Husbands and wives tend to fight because they fail to adequately communicate. Pastors and elders disagree over seemingly minor issues because they fail to effectively co

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HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNICATIONS

INTRODUCTION

Communication is essential to all of us, but it remains the center of most problems. Husbands and wives tend to fight because they fail to adequately communicate. Pastors and elders disagree over seemingly minor issues because they fail to effectively communicate. Mothers and daughters stop talking to one another due to strained communications. Countries go to war as various forms of negotiations break down.

Missionaries fail in their attempt to evangelize a people group because of their inability to communicate the gospel cross-culturally. Some people go as far as taking people to court for alleged slander or libelous communications.

Let us first look at the nature of communications to see how we might avert some of these problems.

Communication is multi-faceted. Many people, erroneously think that once they have spoken, written a letter, or made an announcement, they have successfully communicated - not so.

Most advertisers tell us that if they want their message to reach the point of media saturation where they are assured that their message has covered the vast majority of a T.V. listening audience, they must have their commercial played 17 times.

Even then not everyone will probably not have heard and understood the message. There has to be some key ingredients that allows us to adequately communicate the truths of the scripture to people.

THE NATURE OF COMMUNICATION

Definition - Communication is an impartation of living ideas, evoking mental and emotional responses. It involves hearing, understanding, encountering, listening, and responding as well as speaking and delivering. The ideal communication happens when the true meaning and intended aim of communication is accurately transmitted to the receivers.

Process - The process of communication involves encoding (putting the message into understandable language) your message; decoding (interpreting the message contextually) defining your perception of the message; associating your perception with known information; interpreting your message in the light of previous knowledge; formulating the message into ideas; verbalizing the message into words; transmitting the message; and getting feedback (Both verbally and nonverbally) from your message.

In all of this we are dependent on the Holy Spirit to make our communication clear, effective, loving, and truthful.

PRECONDITIONS OF COMMUNICATION

1. We must trust in the Lord and not just rely on our own insights for effective, Spirit-led communications.

2. We must know the truths of the scripture in order to communicate God’s truths and not man’s priorities.

3. We must love the people that we are communicating.

4. We must not communicate only for our own profit, interest, or advantage.

5. We must gain a rapport, respect, trust, and understanding with those to whom we are communicating.

6. We must listen to the people before they may be willing to listen to us.

7. We must appreciate the make-up, language, and culture of the people we are trying to communicate to.


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