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A competent communicator can be defined as one who is able to demonstrate the appropriate communicative behaviour in a given situation and at the same time having the motivation to demonstrate this competence

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In order to be classified as a competent communicator in both one-on-one conversations and group interactions, certain skills are required by an individual. A competent communicator will understand the 'rules' associated with communication and will be able to display assertiveness, responsiveness and versatility. It is also important that a competent communicator understands that all these skills combined are important in maintaining relationships as well as effectively communicating with another individual or within a group. Communication is the transfer of meaningful information, which allows us to respond to the things occurring around us and in doing so, allows us to interact with one another. Communicating competently requires effective and socially appropriate communication (Trentholm & Jensen, 1992). A competent communicator can be defined as one who is able to demonstrate the appropriate communicative behaviour in a given situation and at the same time having the motivation to demonstrate this competence (Spitzberg, & Cupach,1984). In regards to interpersonal communication, there are three elements which will determine whether an individual is classified as a competent communicator. ...read more.

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A competent communicator will also be able to perform these skills without displaying any aggression during the conversation. In a situation where a competent communicator is listening to another person speak, they will also show certain listening behaviours. It is important that they will know which emotion to show during a conversation and they will not find themselves daydreaming or being distracted for example. During one on one conversation, non verbal cues expressed by the other person also play a large part in how we interpret what they are trying to communicate (Trentholm & Jensen, 1992). Body movement, facial expression, paralinguistics (vocal behaviour) and physical contact distances are all examples of non-verbal communication. A competent communicator shows an understanding of the use of non-verbal cues as well as inter-relating the other skills of communication during interactions with other individuals. Although these skills have been discussed in regards to one on one conversation, it must be understood that these skills also apply to group interactions between competent communicators. ...read more.

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Competent communicators within a group will also be able to compromise through discussing and readjusting their opinion in order for an overall group decision to be made (Keyton, 2005). In saying this, group communication clearly demonstrates that there are many complex factors involved in becoming a competent communicator and in order to be regarded as a competent communicator, an individual must acquire the many skills mentioned earlier. It is clear that there are many different skills required in order to be a competent communicator in both one on one and group interactions. A competent communicator in both these situations will be able to utilize these skills effectively at the appropriate time, and in doing so, will also effectively translate their opinions and views in a meaningful and assertive manner to their listeners. A competent communicator will also be able to retrieve the meaning of what someone is saying through both non verbal cues and other communicative skills and react to this response appropriately. ...read more.

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