Am I an Effective Communicator?

By: May Moinkett

In the world we live in, communication is key. In the digital age it is important to know how to relate and expertly interact with the fast paced world we live in. Communicating expertly will set apart the true leaders. There are various traits that characterize effective communication. We can all benefit from the Mastering Communications Programs that ensure each one of the trainees is an expert, highly effective communicator.

These communication training programs are tailored to provide the best training that will enable the trainee to effectively communicate and captivate an audience; this skillful communication will influence the thoughts, feelings and behaviors of those around.

Delivering Powerful Messages An effective communicator is able to skillfully sway emotions and present information in an irresistible manner. An effective communicator stands out, and so does their organization.

Active Listening

An effective communicator is fully focused on the audience and what they are saying verbally and non-verbally. The most important aspect of communicating is understanding other’s words and nonverbal messages. This also involves being fully aware of your messages and how the audience is receiving and interacting with the message.

Managing stressful situations

Communicating is necessary as much in the daily activities as it is in high stress situations. A good communicator is self-aware, confident and in control. Despite facing their own difficult emotions, an effective communicator is able to keep themselves and the people around them calm; while communicating what is necessary. Even when a presentation or speech is causing great stress, an effective communicator is able to handle the nerves and communicate with confidence.

Being Assertive

A lot of people struggle with the lack of assertive skills. Assertive skills are strong in every effective communicator. Assertion is a skill that many seek to learn because they are the foundation of clear, productive human interactions.

In effective communication it is important for the communicator to respect themselves and be fully aware of his or her needs, wants and opinions. As well as be able to communicate negative thoughts and disagreements as well. An effective communicator is wise enough to receive negative feedback and create boundaries and limits. Being assertive is crucial in communicating like a master.

A master communicator is able to understand the audience and create understanding in them as well. Also, he or she is able to manage their own emotions and stressful situations while passing a clear and strong message.

A master communicator is able to understand and use emotions to persuade. Using assertive skills, a master communicator is able to ensure their needs and wants are met and that the audience has understood the message as it was intended.

If you struggle with any of these aspects, there are various Mastering Communicating Programs available to help you be everything you desire to be.

The history of radios

Radios are used every day and are considered to be one of the most successful inventions in history. That’s despite predictions radios would be replaced by the Internet – it’s rare you’ll jump into a car and not turn on the radio or run into someone who doesn’t have a favourite radio station they regularly tune into.

To understand how they became popular and what they mean for communicating with others, the public relations team at Adoni Media have delved into the history of the radio.

During the 19th Century

Before the 1900s, radio technology was the thing of dreams – no one thought sending sound over the airwaves could ever be done.

German physicist Henirich Hertz was the first person to prove that electric waves could be transmitted and received wirelessly – but he couldn’t see how his work could lead to any practical use and thought it wouldn’t amount to anything.

However, this wasn’t the case.

Who invented the radio is a contested fact. Both Nikolai Tesla and Guglielmo Marconi are considered to be the fathers of radio.

Marconi, though, was the first person ever to transmit radio signals across the Atlantic Ocean.

World War I

The first radios started to appear on ships, as a way to communicate with people on shore and reduce isolation for sailors at sea.

However, these radios were what we know as wireless telegraphs.

It wasn’t until during the First World War, the use of radios really took off, as the military relied on them to send and receive messages.

During the 20th Century

At the beginning of the 1920s, radios became popular for public use. This led to the creation of radio stations across the United States and Europe.

Radios were a staple in the home and people would often gather around it as a source of entertainment, listening to radio dramas and other broadcasts.

People also began turning into hourly radio broadcasts to get their news. Many newspaper organisations were unhappy with this result, as popularity in their newspapers declined.

Throughout World War II in particular, journalists kept the public updated with news about the war and it became one of the sole sources of information. Radios were also used by governments to rally support amongst its citizens.

After the war, the use of radios changed drastically. The music of the day started to play on stations and was very popular amongst young adults and teenagers.

The present and future

Nowadays, radios have become so much more than what was originally thought possible. Traditional radio broadcasts have evolved into Internet radio stations and satellite radio.

Radios are no longer found just in homes but in cars, smartphones, computers and even televisions.

Aside from music and news broadcasts, radio talk shows have become very popular amongst people, especially when they’re driving to and from work. This has led to led to radio celebrities and “shock jocks”.

Radios have been a useful tool for over a Century and have remained ever present in our lives, despite the introduction of new technologies.

How to best use the laser tape measure

When you want to take measurements when constructing a structure or when doing a home deco or renovation, you will love to use simple ways that will use the shortest time but give the best results at the end. So you think about the measuring tape, but that’s not easy to use neither is it simple so think of a laser measure; a great gift from technology that brings great milestones in taking measurements with just a wink of the eye. Here’s how you can make your laser tape the best companion for your work:

First, ensure you buy the best laser measure to get the best results. Your laser should be convenient to your nature of work and the volume of work you will be doing.

Second, when working with a laser, it is easy to use. all you need to do is to make the device rest then aim it to the target then place the button that is labeled “measure” for you to get the measurements which will be displayed on the screen. Some models that are advanced will give measurements in inches.

The maintenance matters for any device when you want it to give the best results and a laser tape is not an exception. Clean the device regularly so that it achieves durability and it gives the best results. However, be gentle not to live scratches on the glass.

Lastly, as much as the laser measurements can work perfectly well in the sunlight, some people still find it as a big challenge especially when the measurements require long distances. For this reason, you can consider using a laser tape measure that comes with a viewfinder. With this, it will be easier to identify the laser dot on the targeted end of the distance being measured. It becomes easier to measure the distance between far distances even with the presence of sunlight.

 

An incredible, if just a little bit eccentric, chef

One of my favourite television series of all time has to be ‘Gilmore Girls’. The characters are loveable, quirky and at times intense and you really do invest in their relationships. Whether this is the mother-daughter relationship between Lorelai and Rory, the will they, wont they relationship between Lorelai and Luke or the genuine best friends forever relationship between Lorelai and Sookie. The characters all grow as the series continue but none more so than Sookie.

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During the pilot episode and first series you are drawn to Sookie’s sense of fun and humour and she is portrayed as an incredible chef but slightly eccentric and a little bit accident prone.  Here are two of my favourite Sookie moments:

 

  • When Lorelai tells Sookie and Rory that Rory has been awarded a place at the prestigious Chiltern school the group embrace one another before an excited Rory leaves to tell all of her friends. Lorelai leaves the kitchen with a beaming smile and Sookie is so happy for her best friends’ daughter she skips across the kitchen before throwing a tea towel over her shoulder, and is completely oblivious to the fact that this lands on the lit Lincat SLR6 Silverlink 600 style commercial oven before setting alight. Items being set alight, dropped and people being inadvertently hurt comes with the territory of working in the kitchen with Sookie.

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  • During a memorable episode set during thanksgiving Sookie gives in to her husband’s request to cook the Turkey himself. Her plan is to wait until he has put the Turkey in the oven before she creeps in and bastes the Turkey and gives it a chestnut rub. However, her plans are ruined when on the big day Jackson appears with a giant vat of oil and declares that he is going to deep-fry the Turkey. In a bid to try and stand by her promise and distract herself from the tragedy that she sees occurring to her beautiful Turkey she decides to start drinking. By the time Lorelai and Rory turn up to see her she is blissfully drunk and is finding everything hilarious including the fact that her husband and his family seem content on deep-frying anything they can lay their hands on.

 

There are many more moments during the episodes that have had me rolling around in laughter including her and Lorelai’s trip to see the Bangles, her melt down moment when she turned up at the Dragonfly Inn the night before her wedding, dressed in her wedding dress, desperately pulling off all of the decorations from her wedding cake before trying to redecorate it. She really is one of my all-time favourite characters.