What Is Communication? 

If you are looking for a quick allround answer to What is Communication, you are highly unlikely to get one. Communication is a HUGE topic with so many aspects to it. 

Here are some of the other areas, we have covered so far on Communication: 

Communication Quotes

Communication Quotes

Write A Mission Statement

Write A Mission Statement

Effective Email Communication

Effective Email Communication

Intrapersonal Communication

Intrapersonal Communication

Types of Communication Medium

Types of Communication Medium

Non-Verbal Communication

NonVerbal Communication In Business

NonVerbal Communication in Business

Communication Time Management

Communication Time Management

The start of our journey to understand communication must be with the definition, what Communication is.

Definition Of Communication

What is Communication? It is: (a noun)

1 The imparting or exchanging of information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium [count noun] a letter or message containing information or news:a telephone communication

  • the successful conveying or sharing of ideas and feelings: there was a lack of communication between Pamela and her parents
  • social contact: she gave him some hope of her return, or at least of their future communication

2 (communications) means of sending or receiving information, such as telephone lines or computers: satellite communications [as modifier]:a communications network

  • [ treated as singular] the field of study concerned with the transmission of information.

3 (communications) means of travelling or of transporting goods, such as roads or railways: a city providing excellent road and rail communications

Source: Oxford Dictionary 

What Is Communication And What Does That Mean For Us In Business?

Peter Drucker, one of the world great Business Gurus, wrote in the Practice of Management 1979

“No matter whether the manager’s job is engineering, accounting or selling, his (or her) effectiveness depends on his (or her) ability to speak or to write... Of all the skills he (or she) needs, today’s manager possesses least those of reading, writing, speaking and figuring... Without ability to motivate by means of the written and spoken word or the telling number, a manager cannot be successful.”

What's A Sender? What's A Receiver?

If you are telling someone something, you are sending them a message that they should receive. You are a sender and they are the receiver.

What is Communication?

But this is not communication.

Communication is two way, an exchange of ideas. This is when you get feedback from the receiver to your message.

In such full communication, you and the person you are communicating with alternate roles. Once they have sent back a feedback, it is now your turn to send again.

Telling is where a message is sent one-way.

Partial communication is where the receiver confirms receiving the message.

Full communication is where the receiver replies with feedback + their own message.