This image, which appeared in the August 1983 Training and Development Journal, depicts ineffective communication. The inability to get one's message across can be frustrating for all parties involved. Human communication is complex, and teaching the skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing requires continuous attention.

Does your organization have a training initiative for effective communication? If so, is everyone expected to attend?

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