Blog Post Reflection

Through my previous blog posts, I have learnt so much crucial information regarding communication that I would have never emphasised, if it was not for this task. I now understand how technology has changed the way that we communicate, the importance of punctuation and the attributes that make a good public speaker; and will utilise these topics of communication in everyday life.

Furthermore, through this task I have learned to express myself through a unique form of writing. Although, I found it quite challenging to express myself personally and still write thorough information in less than 240 words; I found my ability to be more concise with fewer words to improve more and more with each post. However, I would like to improve on my referencing and my ability to find relevant journal articles rather than merely informative websites.

Nonetheless, I absolutely loved how personal this task was, in comparison to essay writing for assessment tasks. I loved how in control of my posts I was, in terms of images, references and the fact that it was my own unique blog. I also found writing multiple short blog posts to be a very enjoyable and a very different experience to what I am use to. If I had the chance to complete this task again, I would aim to make my posts more interesting. For instance, I would aim to use more famous quotes; even though I did this to an extent, I would aim to even more so grab the reader’s attention, as this is of utmost importance in blog posts.

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Media Sources-

Feature image: Adult Learning in West Lothian. (2017). [image] Available at: https://www.westlothian.gov.uk/adultlearning [Accessed 18 May 2017].

Gif: Giphy. (2017). [image] Available at: https://giphy.com/search/thats-all-folks [Accessed 18 May 2017].

 

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What makes a good public speaker?

There are many attributes that make up a good public speaker; primarily “a good public speaker knows how to engage the audiences through their literary devices and body language” (Cenere, 2015). Attaining and maintaining the audience’s full attention is the key objective of a public speaker. Another essential attribute of a successful public speaker is confidence, “an unsure or timid presentation will not capture or engage an audience, and it certainly won’t motivate a tribe” (Moore, 2016). Furthermore, an effective public speaker presents their information accordingly to the specific audience of whom they are presenting.

The seven principles of public speaking include:

  1. Perception: too much emphasis on being great at public speaking is not necessarily great. People want to listen to someone who is interesting, comfortable and relaxed.
  2. Perfection: making a mistake is not the end of the world, and even the most accomplished public speaker’s will make a mistake at some point.
  3. Visualization: seeing it makes speaking it easier. Winners in all aspects of life have this in common:  visualization is practised to achieve goals.
  4. Discipline: Practice equates to improvement. There is no such thing as a perfect public speaker. However, an achievable goal is to be an effective public speaker, which takes practise just like any other thing in life.
  5. Description: personalise it. Audiences respond best when speakers personalize their communication.  People like to hear about other people’s experiences
  6. Inspiration: Speak to serve a purpose, public speakers need to take the focus off of them and shift it to their audience.
  7. Anticipation: less is generally more.

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Works Cited

Cenere, P. (2015). Communication Skills For Business Professionals. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

Moore, D. (2017). 4 Qualities of Amazing Public Speakers. [online] Themuse.com. Available at: https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-qualities-of-amazing-public-speakers [Accessed 17 May 2017].

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Feature image: Public Speaking. (2017). [image] Available at: https://au.linkedin.com/topic/public-speaking [Accessed 18 May 2017].

Gif: Plan your presentation. (2017). [image] Available at: http://www.empresariocapital.com/blog/2015/09/death-and-public-speaking-and-why-one-these-things-good-your-business/ [Accessed 18 May 2017].

The importance of correct punctuation

Punctuation plays a very important role in communicating. Without punctuation, many official documents and scientific reports may have never been interpreted as intended. Punctuation is the “feature of writing that gives meaning to the written words”(Cenere, 2015); just like changes in tones of voice and pauses do when speaking. Thus, a completely different meaning to the one intended can be a direct result of an error in punctuation.

It is particularly vital to have concise and well constructed communication in professional contexts; as for business professionals, a misconstrued message due to incorrect punctuation can result in reduced credibility, loss of consumer trust, monetary costs, or legal procedures.

 

An example of how punctuation can change the meaning of a message is in the sentence ‘A woman without her man is nothing’. Now see the difference punctuation makes:

“A woman, without her man, is nothing.

A woman: without her, man is nothing.”

(The Write Corner, 2017)

Thus, punctuation has made the same sentence mean two completely opposite things.

 

In any business situations or scenarios, conveying the correct message is of utter importance. Therefore, to produce a good piece of writing it is essential to know all the punctuation marks, their meanings and when to use them. As without them, several meanings can be taken from a message.

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Works Cited

Cenere, P. (2015). Communication Skills For Business Professionals. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

The Write Corner. (2017). The Importance of Punctuation. [online] Available at: https://thewritecorner.wordpress.com/2009/11/14/the-importance-of-punctuation/ [Accessed 17 May 2017].

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Feature image: Teaching punctuation. (2017). [image] Available at: https://au.pinterest.com/explore/teaching-punctuation/ [Accessed 18 May 2017].

Gif: Punctuation Saves Lives. (2017). [image] Available at: http://www.mrsgallant.com/2017/01/19/thursday-january-19th [Accessed 18 May 2017].

Technology’s impact on communication

The great myth of our times is that technology is communication. – Libby Larsen (Composer)

Technology has employed drastic changes in the way humans communicate, with impacts, both positive and negative. While it is impossible to disagree with the fact that “Technology has revolutionized the way people communicate, linking humans in a real-time network across the globe” (Kazmeyer, 2017), there are arising issues concerning the elimination of face-to-face interaction.

“With the advancement of technology comes an increase in the number of mediums used to communicate” (Cenere, 2015). Late 20th and 21st century technology such as the internet, mobile phones, email, teleconferencing and social media has improved the speed of information exchange and promotes the public sharing of ideas. Through improvements in technology, “urgent messages can be relayed with ease, regardless of the position or location of the communicating parties.” (Reference, 2017).

However, the elimination of face-to-face interaction is an issue with many individuals. Technology has affected the socialisation process by causing “people to be more concerned about online life as opposed to social life” (Reference, 2017). Consequently, social anxiety and loneliness can arise from addiction to technology.

An example of how technology has personally influenced how I communicate is in my university study. As I am a full time distance education student, Central Queensland University’s Moodle website, has enabled me to complete my university degree entirely online. Technology has made this possible through the internet, email, online video lectures and teleconferencing for tutorials.

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Works Cited

Cenere, P. (2015). Communication Skills For Business Professionals. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

Reference. (2017). How does technology affect communication?. [online] Available at: https://www.reference.com/business-finance/technology-affect-communication-55fc96e46c01a9bf [Accessed 17 May 2017].

Kazmeyer, M. (2017). Negative Effects of Technology on Communication | Techwalla.com. [online] Techwalla. Available at: https://www.techwalla.com/articles/negative-effects-of-technology-on-communication [Accessed 17 May 2017].

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Feature image: People on their phones at dinner. (2017). [image] Available at: http://www.keywordsuggests.com/KWliT4knfK7Jg19nfAB9XnEFXX4yvvYrq9bupjQxI40W*yIrqGXBaUbr5fNHPyMEUQU*2cqOhICgJGkIO97bdw/ [Accessed 18 May 2017].

Gif: 35 Years in 60 Seconds: Evolution of modern computer desks. (2017). [image] Available at: http://weburbanist.com/2014/10/21/35-years-in-60-seconds-evolution-of-modern-computer-desks/ [Accessed 18 May 2017].

Post 1

Hi everyone, my name is Rebecca Stewart and I am a full-time CQU student studying via distance education. I am now in the second year of my three-year bachelor of property degree. On completion of my degree, I hope to acquire a job in the property industry and ultimately my ambition is to become a property developer.

I am hoping this course improves my knowledge on how to communicate effectively and efficiently in both a professional and personal context.

My interests include any outdoor activities and I have a great passion for travel.

 

 

This unit, ‘Communication in Professional Contexts’ is an introduction to fundamental professional communication concepts. The weekly study guides, readings, and online lectures each week will uncover and broaden the student’s knowledge on the importance of the communication theory and practice, small group communication, oral and written communication, teamwork and ethical issues.

On completion of this unit, student’s will obtain an understanding of general communication concepts, the relationship between communication and technology in professional contexts, and the ethical use of communicating and delivering information effectively in a professional context.

Important dates in this unit include:

  • Week 3, approximately the 20/03/2017 – Post 1 is due for the Communication Blog Assessment.
  • Week 5, approximately the 03/04/2017 – Post 2 is due for the Communication Blog Assessment.
  • Week 6, approximately the 17/04/2017 – Post 3 is due for the Communication Blog Assessment.
  • Week 6, 21/04/2017 6pm – Assessment 1 (Essay or Video Script) is due.
  • Week 7, approximately the 24/04/2017 – Post 4 is due for the Communication Blog Assessment.
  • Week 9, approximately the 08/05/2017 – Post 5 is due for the Communication Blog Assessment.
  • Week 10, 19/05/2017 6pm – Assessment 2 (Communication Blog) is due.
  • Exam/Review week, 05/06/2017 6pm – Assessment 3 (Group Report) is due.