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  • How well do we communicate?

    Diana Stoyanova, Ph.D.
    Skill Building
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    Graduate school helps us develop valuable technical and research skills and, more importantly, it gives us opportunity to apply and advance our technical and scientific knowledge. However, are the technical knowledge and skills by themselves enough to be successful in the scientific career? The answer is no.  More often than not, our success and advancement opportunities depend on our ability to effectively converse and articulate our ideas, communicate well in writing, or have good social skills. The dictionary defines communication as an exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, signals, writing, or behavior.  Depending on the medium of communication, there are four types of communication that we use on a daily basis: written, verbal, non-verbal and visual. The information chain is processed by listening, speaking, observing, questioning, analyzing, evaluating, intrapersonal and interpersonal processing or overall communication management skills. Communicating in an effective manner is extremely important, whether you ...