Communication is one of the most important aspects of human interactions. It involves verbal, nonverbal, listening skills, and emotions. Some misunderstandings are a result of poor communication skills. Effective communication enables a person to understand and resolve conflicts. It also allows the person to “build trust and respect, and create environments where creative ideas, problem solving, affection, and caring can flourish” (Helpguide.org., n.d). Effective communication goes beyond exchanges of words, but it also involves the emotion behind the messages. It is important to read the emotional cues and messages as we effectively communicate with others.
There are several techniques for effective communication skills. These are the 7 Cs of communication: clear, concise, concrete, correct, coherent, complete, and courteous (Mind Tools, n.d). I will utilize these communication skills to embody when leading policy change. First, I think it is important to be clear in my message as I speak or write about my policy issue. My ideas about my child homelessness will be clear and simple for policy makers to comprehend. Secondly, I will be concise regarding child homelessness. I will be sure to state the main points and keep it short. Third, I will communicate my message concrete images of homeless children living on the streets. I think having vivid pictures will make a substantial impact. Fourth, I will ensure that my message is correct as I communicate orally or written. I will be sure that there are no grammatical errors, and my sentence structures are correct. Fifth, I think it would necessary for my message to be coherent and logical as I present my policy issue. The major points that I present on child homelessness are relevant and connected. Sixth, as I deliver my message, I will be sure that it is complete with data and research as evidence. The information presented to politicians will give them a wealth of information, and they will be well informed. Lastly, I will be courteous to the policy makers regarding the issue of child homelessness. I will be persuasive on the current issue of child homelessness, but not be passive-aggressive. I will be open and honest with my stance on the issue, and not have any hidden agenda.
I think I possess some of the effective communication skills that I have mentioned previously. I believe that I communicate clearly, concisely, coherently, and completely through my written and oral communication. I feel that I can express myself clearly and concisely when I speak to colleagues and students. I can state my main points and explain succinctly on a particular topic. I also feel that I can communicate well through written form. I can write coherently and completely on issues of early childhood education. English was a second language to me and writing was not easy for me. I can still improve in areas of grammar and sentence structures. I think writing is a learning process, and it takes time to master this skill. Being in the doctoral program at Walden University has improved my writing skills the last five semesters. As I continue the coursework, I hope that my written skills will enhance to assist me to complete the dissertation for my research.
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