Communication is a daily necessity that helps us understand the things that are constantly occurring around us. Without the use of effective communication, it would be difficult to understand one another and to function normally in society. In order to have knowledge of and completely interpret what communication is, it is important and vital to look at the different aspects and concepts that make up communication. This paper will discuss the process of verbal and nonverbal communication while describing the affiliated components of each. To be an effective communicator, one must learn and know the difference between listening and hearing. Further, formal and informal channels of communication within the criminal justice organizations will be explained, along with different barriers to effective communication. Lastly, strategies that may be implemented to overcome communication barriers in the criminal justice organization will be explored. All these components are essential to learn, understand, and to become an effective communicator in the criminal justice organization.
There are many things that go into the basic task of effective communication. Although it may seem easy or effortless for some to have conversations with complete understanding, for others it may be a struggle to just get a point across or even properly interpret what others are meaning to convey. In order to perfect the task of effective communication there are many things to consider. These tools and knowledge rules that should be considered are; knowing the process of verbal and nonverbal communication along with the components, the differences between listening and hearing in a conversation, formal and informal channels of communication in the criminal justice field, the barriers to effective communication in the criminal justice organization, and lastly the strategies that may be implemented to overcome communication.
First, verbal and nonverbal communication is the beginning tool when effective communication is being created. There are many components that come into play and they need to be understood completely. According to Merriam-Dictionary.com, Nonverbal communication can be defined as “involving minimal use of language, not involving or using words”. Non-verbal communication is very important when communicating. If you are to sit in a crowd of people and are having a conversation, while others are talking, take the time to notice the body language that others are using. Body language can tell a lot about how people are grasping information and/or how they are feeling, such as boredom, anxiety, attentiveness, etc. If a person is very fidgety while listening to you speak, this could imply many things. If a person is losing eye contact and slouching, they may not be interested or even paying attention due to the subject matter. Facial expressions are very important for nonverbal communication. Although Non-verbal communication is not the only form of communication, it is particularly important to pay attention to these things when communicating. Next we have Verbal communication. According to Dictionary.com, Verbal Communication can be defined as “expressed in spoken words; oral rather than written”. Verbal communication is a vital part of our daily lives as this is how a majority of how things are conveyed and handled. From talking on the phones to having work meetings, to having appointments or even having family time, we use verbal communication. Verbal communication is easy for some and difficult for others, however, once a person understands the components that go into verbal communication, conversations and daily activities may come easier. The components for Non-verbal communication consist of elements known as paralanguage, including voice quality, rate, pitch, volume, and speaking style, as well features such as rhythm, intonation, and stress. Non-verbal...
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