Communication is a Two Way Street

Communication is the key to all human activities. It is necessary for learning, exchanging information, and generally taking care of each other. Communication is a two-way street, involving a sender and a receiver. The sender’s responsibility is to present a clear message. The receiver’s responsibility is to hear, interpret, evaluate and respond to the message. Good communication can occur when the sender and the receiver show mutual respect.

A conversation is the process of alternating outflowing and inflowing communication. There is a basic rule here: “he who would outflow must also inflow; he who would inflow must also outflow.” When we find this rule overbalanced, in either direction, we discover difficulty. It’s everyones responsibility to maintain communication with each other.

A person who is only outflowing communication is actually not communicating at all, in the fullest sense of the word. For in order to communicate entirely, he would have to inflow as well as outflow. A person who is inflowing communication entirely is, again, out of order. For if he would inflow he must then outflow.

Communication is a two-way street that should have traffic flowing freely in both directions. Listening is essential in communication. Don’t think about what you are going to say while listening to the other person. Repeat what the other person is saying. Now, it is time for you to communicate your thoughts, ideas and feelings.

Summing-up: It takes two to tango! Each person in the communication process must take responsibility for their part, to make it work.

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