Everyone knows it – communication is difficult.
It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are from in Papua New Guinea, or what you do – getting your message across in the way you intend seems to be a difficult thing to do in our daily life. Whether you are putting together a family affair, a school presentation, or just having a conversation, knowing how to craft your message in the most effective manner can mean the difference between rousing success and terrible failure.
It should come as no surprise that we all have different ways to communicate with each other. Whether it is the language we use – Tok Pisin, English or Tagalog, the tone of voice, or our body language, we are all doing different things to convey our message. According to psychology, there is something else that we can use to gain an edge.
People generally fall into certain categories for how they learn and process new information. When delivering information to another person, it is important to understand the style of your subject so that they will fully understand the topic presented to them.
Here are the four ways on how your ideas or messages can be sent across:
Visual learners prefer the use of images, graphics, maps, charts and other visual devices in order to understand things.
To communicate properly with a visual learner, ensure that you either have something for them to physically look at, or give them enough details to create a mental visualization.
Aural learners are at their best when they can listen to someone talking or have otherwise spoken verbal interaction. They will use spoken repetition and memorization to remember bits of information.
As aural learners remember the things that they have heard, you will want to ensure they have a way to actively listen to your message. A phone call maybe or any form of audio recording.
Read/Write learners are best served through words. They often take a huge amount of notes to translate complex or abstract ideas into more easily understood ones – usually in the form of essays, articles, etc.
To capture the attention of read-write learners, provide as much data as you have in its written form. The internet is a good source of read-write documents like Wikipedia and other write-ups.
Kinesthetic learners are hands-on people. They need to live through a process in order to understand it. They’re always looking for ways to act and to do things.
In order to break through the communication barrier with someone kinesthetic, you will need to give them a way to experience for themselves whatever you are trying to convey. A stage play, a walk in the park, or a group activity.
So that’s it, apply these ways independently or in combination. Recent studies show that while people may have a preference for one style, new information is best retained when delivered with a combination of them. By understanding the different types of communication styles, and taking into account the differences in each when crafting your message, you’re sure to be understood by anyone.