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The Lost Art of Communication: Bridging the Gap Across Generations

Updated: Apr 18

With Special Guest Kyra Craddock, IHSA Speech State Competition and future Speech Pathologist

Communication is the essence of human interaction. It's how we build relationships, convey knowledge, and negotiate our way through the world. Despite the myriad of technological advancements that have purported to 'connect' us, the fabric of communication seems to be fraying. Let’s not yearn for the days of yore—rather, let’s try to recognize the value of effective communication and take steps to enhance our skills, regardless of our current level.


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The Ageless Nature of Great Communication

What does it mean to be an effective communicator? In the realms of personal relationships, it's the ability to express oneself clearly and with empathy, to listen actively, and to resolve conflicts constructively. In business, great communicators inspire their teams, manage negotiations, and close deals with persuasive finesse. The art of communication is neither time-bound nor tethered to age, and one is never too young or too old to cultivate this invaluable skill.

Why Start Young?

Young minds are like sponges, absorbing the social nuances and linguistic constructs that will carry them through life. Rich communication skills can empower young people, setting them on a trajectory of success across personal, academic, and professional domains. While the curricula of educational institutions continue to focus on traditional literacy and numeracy, fostering advanced communication skills from a tender age is equally paramount.

Kyra Craddock and Master Happiness, Marty Jalove
Kyra Craddock and Master Happiness, Marty Jalove

The Deterioration of Dialogue

Unfortunately, an array of societal shifts is conspiring to degrade the quality of our conversations. The rise of instant messaging and social media has truncated our language into shorthand, while platforms designed for sharing have occasionally stunted our capacity to listen. In a world where one's worth is sometimes measured by the "likes" they receive, there's a growing need to retreat from the digital arena and reaffirm the lost charm of face-to-face dialogue.

A 5-Step Plan to Sharpen Your Tongue

For those willing to take the plunge and reclaim the beauty of communication, a structured approach can yield remarkable results. The B.A.C.O.N. method is a mnemonic device that outlines a five-step process to revamp your communication skills, regardless of your starting point. It is a flexible framework, designed to adapt to individual differences and accommodate diverse learning styles.

Step 1: Breathe

Before uttering a single word, take a moment to breathe. A pause is a powerful tool in communication—it grants you clarity of thought and allows for the consideration of your message's intent. The act of pausing also encourages the conversational partner to speak their mind, fostering an environment of mutual respect and active listening.

Step 2: Assess

Consider your audience. A chin-stroking intellectual lecture might captivate a seminar crowd but could bewilder a child. Tailoring your language and body language to suit the person or people you're addressing demonstrates your respect for their understanding and comfort level. Every interaction is an opportunity to adapt and refine your approach.

Step 3: Craft

Compose your thoughts with care. Constructing your sentences thoughtfully and with proper grammar evokes a sense of professionalism and attention to detail. While the casual formats of modern communication are inevitable and sometimes appropriate, there's remarkable power in clarity and elegance of expression, as any artist with the word knows.

Step 4: Organize

Ensure your message has structure. A well-organized speech is easier to follow and more effective in its impact. Introduce your topic, provide supporting points, and conclude with a summary or a call to action. Even impromptu conversations can benefit from a semblance of order, guiding the listener through your thoughts with purpose.

Cinquain Poetry

Line 1: Two Syllables (a person place or thing)

Line 2: Four Syllables (Describe the title)

Line 3: Six Syllables (Describe the action)

Line 4: Eight Syllables (Describe the feeling)

Line 5: Two Syllables (Describe the title)

Step 5: Navigate

Once your message is delivered, be sure to gauge the response and adapt as necessary. Communication is a two-way street, and the ability to read and respond to your audience is just as crucial as the initial delivery. Navigating conversations with agility will enable you to course-correct and ensure your message lands as intended.

The Universal Call to Conversation

Technology cannot be the scapegoat for our diminishing dialogues. In fact, it could act as a catalyst for improvement if we choose to employ it judiciously. But for these digital tools to enhance our communication, they must supplement, not supplant, the profound nuances of in-person conversations. Indulge in deliberate practice, engage in eye contact, and fully commit to the exchange of ideas.

The ability to communicate is a privilege and a responsibility. It's a skill that demands our attention and our continuous effort. This post is not just a reminder; it's a blueprint for rekindling the art of conversation. Whether you're a student, a parent, an educator, a business leader, or someone who simply wishes to connect more deeply, it's time to take the plunge. The next time you're in a conversation, put down the phone, meet the other person's gaze, and just... talk. Your relationships, your career, and the very fabric of society will thank you.

The Lost Art of Communication: Bridging the Gap Across Generations

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