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Contributed by Jim Thiemens and Gary Eyring

The transfer of a message (idea or physical symbol) from one viewpoint (person or group) to another with the intention of duplicating the message. 

For real and effective communication, the message intended and sent is the message received.  When we say, “Please pass the sugar,” and we get salt, this would be a “miscommunication”.

There are 6 elements in effective communication:

Communication occurs as a cycle which begins at a cause point, projects an idea across a distance, with the intention of it being duplicated at the other end, and then is acknowledged. An example would be: “do dogs bark?” with the response “yes” and the acknowledgement of “thank you”.  When the cycle of communication is not complete there is confusion and it increases the probability there will be more incomplete cycles and hence increases the confusion.  Attention to the elements of the cycle of communication and its completion can remove the confusion and keep it from reappearing.

Applying and completing all the elements and cycles of communication reduces or eliminates confusion.

Your freedom to effectively apply your abilities will increase as your communication achieves clarity