Let’s Talk Communication: Why are communication skills important?

What is communication?

Communication is the act of sharing information. This intricate process occurs in many different ways including both verbal and written (or typed) shared words. However, did you know that most of what we share with one another on a daily basis is through non-verbal communication? This includes anything like facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice. It is important to remain respectful with all types of communication through all types of emotions. This can be especially challenging with intense emotions like sadness and anger. Assertiveness is the healthiest communication style in which a person expresses the ability to say what they want and need in a clear and direct way that is respectful of others. This communication style should be learned and continually practiced by all, as most people tend to be more passive (too reserved and concerned about the needs of others over their own) or too aggressive (too open and concerned with the needs of oneself over those of others).

How do communication skills develop?

Foundational communication skills, which are valuable to anyone at any age, begin to be formed at a very young age. We can be heavily influenced by the communication styles of our closest friends and family members. Rather than attempting to break unhealthy communication habits as an adult, it is highly beneficial to learn about and practice healthy communication skills as a teenager and even child. Byrnes Health Education (BHE) has been dedicated to its mission of educating and inspiring people of all ages to make healthy choices since 1995. In addition to synchronous in-person and live-virtual health education programs, www.LearntobeHealthy.org is the BHE’s fully online delivery platform built with thirteen different (synchronous or asynchronous) eLearning kits.

Free "Let's Talk Communication" home health worksheet

This free “Let’s Talk Communication” edition of our “Home Health Worksheets” series is the perfect tool to begin a line of communication about communication with children/teens! With content inspired by our in-person/live-virtual programs “5 Men Up”, “In Her Shoes”, and “Swimming with the Sharks (Students)” and activities within our “Life on Demand” and “Face the Music” eLearning kits, this free worksheet is suggested for students in grades 6th-10th (depending on learning level and adult assistance, if any). With this free worksheet, students will read and use an age-appropriate article (or any other school/parent approved source) to answer five basic questions about assertiveness with an additional STEM bonus question and communication style survey! (Adults – please click here for an answer key to the worksheet).

Want to learn more?

If you are looking for more comprehensive health curriculum, activities within our “Life on Demand” and “Face the Music” eLearning kits on www.LearntobeHealthy.org can help students experience the importance of healthy communication. To learn more about full access to all of the health content on the website, specifically the twenty-seven activities in these two eLearning kits (including pre/post tests, ice breakers, worksheets, games, tip sheets, podcasts, and family practice handouts), sign up for a free www.LearntobeHealthy.org demo today!