High School - Communications
Every single day, people always communicate with each other. They do so in various ways, from messages on social media to powerful speeches delivered to a wide audience. However, communication is not just something for everyday use. It can be a powerful tool that persuades people and calls them to action.
Even communications on social media can inspire action. Just look at the Arab Spring uprising that happened around 2011. The movement was mostly fueled by social media. Indeed, even those simple tweets can cause drastic worldwide changes.
If simple tweets can start a movement, then all the more for a well-thought-out editorial article in a widely-circulated newspaper. A well-researched article in a popular magazine can also move mountains. Communication, used the right way, is very powerful.
That is why high school students must be trained in the art of communication. They have lots of great ideas; thus, they have to be able to share those ideas well enough with others. Otherwise, those ideas would go to waste. Imagine if those were world-changing ideas?
Communication is both written and spoken. Good communicators are skilled both on paper and in front of the microphone. Persuasion comes in different forms. It can both be read and heard. It can even be seen through the way someone speaks.
Communication is not just verbal, but also non-verbal. In fact, 80% of spoken communication is body language, gestures, and facial expressions; the words themselves are only 20% of the message. Thus, students also have to be trained to exude impressive nonverbal cues to enhance their message. If they can speak powerfully, but their posture, gestures, and other nonverbal expressions are lax, they would not be as persuasive.
The art of communication can be very difficult to master. But with lots of practice, much time, and experience, students can gain the skills to be the best communicators they can be.