Learning Many Ways to Communicate

Communication is critical in success in life. The wise will do it well. Language, music, and a host of other techniques. For fun, how many of you can read Morse Code? Read on!

By Mark D. Harris

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In the popular movie Star Wars, the protocol droid C3PO boasts that he is programmed to use over six million forms of communication. His skills come in handy for Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and the other characters trying to save the galaxy from the evil Empire. From Ewoks to Jabba the Hut, C3PO plays a major role in the final outcome.

In real life we often assume that communication is easy and we consider ourselves masters at it. In truth, however, communication is fraught with opportunities for misunderstanding. We often assume that our language, written and spoken, is the best and the others should learn it. In fact, each language is stronger for some tasks and weaker for others, just like people. Further most others will not learn our language, whatever its virtues. If we wish to speak with these people, we need to learn how to communicate with them. This article will discuss ways of communicating with others, and the importance of doing so.

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