Two Prevailing Myths about Effective Interpersonal Communication


Many times during my professional career as a communication professor, consultant, and coach – my students and clients inevitably come to me with the two deeply rooted ideas about communication. I have learned over the years that in order to begin the process of helping individuals gain effective communication skills, I first needed to shift the way they viewed communication.


Myth # 1: Everything there is to know about interpersonal communication is common sense.


Effective Interpersonal Communication revolves around the ongoing process of skill development and practice.  Most of our communication behaviors (effective or ineffective) are learned. We must learn to be effective and competent communicators and this often requires the support of a communication professor, consultant, or counselor.


Myth# 2: You either know how to communicate well or you don’t.


As mentioned above, communication skills are learned. We all must be taught the skills needed to practice communicating effectively.  As with all teaching and learning, this begins with a willingness to learn.  This means opening up to allow “new “information in while sometimes letting “old” information go. Gaining and improving your communication skills is necessary for effective decision-making and building effective relationships.

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Open Soul Communication was founded by Communication Professor, Life and Communication Coach/Consultant, and textbook author Dana Emerson. 



New Year – New Possibilities!

Capture the Possibility

Hello 2014!! This is the year of new possibilities and it begins with no resolutions. Instead, a new perspective on  building more effective relationships (including a relationship with yourself) is in order. How  or where does that begin? It starts with examining how effective or ineffective we communicate with each other (including ourselves). Opening up to the possibility that our communication skills could be more effective and produce more effective outcomes (read relationships) is the vision for 2014.