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Effective communication and its Role in the Modern Era

By Robin Mackenzie Subscribe to RSS | May 28th 2012 | Views:

Communication is an art. Very few people effectively master this skill. If only we could convey the deep hidden words within our hearts to others, the world would have been a better place to live in. So many misunderstandings happen between people whom we care about in our day to day lives. There can be only two reasons possible for this situation. There are miscommunications or lack of communication. If only we took some time to open our heart to our loved ones. So many break ups could have been prevented. There are families and relationships that split because of this. Wars are waged against countries because of this as well.

Since the time of human evolution, early people have struggled to express their feelings through communication. So what were the ancient methods of communication? Initially they used to carve their ideas in the form of pictures and even paintings. Just imagine how early man would have forced out words. At the turn of 2900 B.C Sumerians were the first people who made an attempt to write their ideas on tablets which were prepared from clay. Hey did you know that people used the light reflections from their shields to communicate the position where they stood? This is interesting. Isn’t it?

This invention of the Greeks was reinvented in the 1980s and called as heliograph. The device was considered a power tool for communicating with each other during times of war. Another crude but very interesting way of communication was raising smoke alarms. Chinese in particular were considered experts in this method of communication and they used to light fire and raise huge clouds of smoke to indicate that enemies were approaching. There are so many other ways for instance. In some countries various colored flags were hoisted to indicate distress.

It was not the color of flags that always indicated the distress and arrival of danger. Sometimes people mourned and they expressed it by hoisting flags in different positions. Animals such as dogs and pigeons were used as mediums for communication. Pigeons were considered as a symbol of peace and that tradition is being followed even today. Various colors symbolized various emotions in some parts of the world. However the meaning changes with each place. Generally we know that the color red is a symbol of passion and represents a powerful emotion such as anger. Sometimes when people went for hunting, they drew the picture of the animal on sand to communicate with their fellow hunters.

Dogs are a man’s best companion. They were of great help to hunters. Whenever wild animals such as wolves and leopards neared them, they growled and barked to indicate danger to their masters. This and many more of other means indicate man’s skill in communication. The list just keeps growing on and on. These days there are so many different languages that have evolved over a period of years. Different materials were used to communicate with each other. People communicated with each other using rocks, sand, clay and leaves such as papyrus.

The stem of the papyrus is sliced and rolled and then soaked in water before making a paper out of it. Egyptians were skilled in this art. However, the invention of telephone was a big breakthrough in the world of communication. Today we live in the world of mobile phones and smart phones. There are very few people in this world who don’t own a mobile phone. Besides various services from providers include Time Warner Phone which provides phone services. The end result is the same. Getting the idea communicated effectively to the other person!

Robin Mackenzie - About Author:
Robin Mackenzie is a freelance author and an active blogger who has a passion for various methods of communication. She knows several languages and has written a great deal on such topics. She spends a lot of time talking to her loved ones with Time Warner Phone

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