Everyone wants to be understood when communicating with others. In an effective communication situation, “the message is perceived in the way it was intended” (Hybels & Weaver, 2012, p. 23). Unfortunately, individuals may not always translate their thoughts successfully into the written or spoken word, which may result in conflict or confusion.
This unit’s Learning Activities include helpful tips about honing word choice, determining whether formal or informal writing suits the occasion, and crafting the appropriate tone and voice. After completing the unit’s Activities, respond to the following questions in at least two well-developed paragraphs:
- How would you describe effective communication, and how does that description compare to those outlined in this unit’s Learning Activities?
- Describe one example each of particularly effective and ineffective writing that you have encountered either in a personal, professional, or academic setting. Describe how the ineffective communicator could have changed his or her approach to be more successful, and consider the author’s use of style (formal versus informal), tone, and word choice.
At least two references in APA format and at least 300 words