5 factors of communication

Communication is simple. At its simplest, it’s the art of..

..getting the right information to the right people at the right time in the right format via the right channel.

There are five distinct factors involved:

Information
From advertising campaigns to job interviews or brochures to newspaper TV listings, it’s all the same: someone needs to get a message across to someone else.

People
Could be your staff, your clients, your mum and dad. Whoever needs to be given the message, as long as the message is relevant.

Time
Timing is simply picking the best moment to pass on the message.

Format
Think about who you’re passing the message onto and then ask yourself what the best way is to tell them. An email or a letter? Or maybe a short video or radio ad?

Channel
Face to face or over the phone? Can it be done online? The channel is what delivers the message.

Yeah, you can break each one down and more detail. And I’m sure some people, consultants especially, would love to make it more complicated. But why?

When we communicate with each other, all we want to do is pass on a message to someone else at the right time and in a way that’s understandable.

How hard can that be?

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Published May 30th, 2007 by GarryH
Filed under Communication

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  1. ALIYUDA YUSUF says:

    What are the factors do you think can make communication ineffective in any human relationship.

    Posted March 9th, 2010 @ 09:04
  2. joy says:

    what are the major factors of communication….

    Posted June 14th, 2010 @ 10:45
  3. Rana Bhowal says:

    Explains the Factors contributing the importance of communication in an organisation……. Please send me the answer as soon as you can….Its very urgent…….. Thanks

    Posted August 18th, 2010 @ 13:02
  4. karthika vijayan says:

    what are the factors of communication in nursing?please forward the answer as possible as early….

    Posted September 28th, 2010 @ 16:37
  5. Grace Mumbi says:

    what are the factors considered when communicating with different cultures

    Posted October 26th, 2010 @ 13:07
  6. alma says:

    what are the factors of communication? what are the basic ingredients of communication? can you please forward the answer as early as possible because I thank you.really need it.

    Posted November 7th, 2010 @ 14:07
  7. dee says:

    state 3 factors which may maintain healthy communication among individuals?

    discuss 3 physical factors which create barriers in communication.

    say how any 2 of these barriers can be prevented and how are you sure one of these measures will work.

    Posted February 15th, 2011 @ 17:16
  8. Zain-ul-Abedin says:

    Five Factors described above are very true. These factors can be applied to any kind of communication, even in a street talk. they are very simple and easy to understand. I like it, thanks!

    Posted March 9th, 2011 @ 17:47
  9. David Gela says:

    What are some factors of Communication in animal?

    Posted March 21st, 2011 @ 03:58
  10. uwantege florence says:

    I really appreciated but i still have the question on the above
    factors ,what is the defferent between factors of communication and factors to consider when choosing medium of communication.

    Posted May 26th, 2011 @ 10:20
  11. Bolaji says:

    What are the four factors that one can use to determine and effective communication.

    Posted January 3rd, 2012 @ 08:01
  12. apostle victor philips says:

    This factors are invaluable and cut across all facets of lifes. It’s most applicable particularly in the christiantom. Christ died for the iniquities of all people. He took away pain,sorrow,sickness,agony,anxiety and death! Don’t depend on any medication. Trust in him.

    Posted October 17th, 2013 @ 08:18

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