CMAT 101 Group Assignment, Powerpoint.


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Stephen Waldron
Natasha Apau
Matthew Ellis
Adam Clarke

This is our group powerpoint presentation for Dr. Lori DeWitt's CMAT 101 class, during Summer Semester 1, 2010.

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  • Communication affects people in various ways according to a wide range of factors with the technology we have today.Factors include the type of media used, graphics and illustrations, the content of news. The ability to influenceDue to technology, communication is now able to influence people on a global level, shape our cultures, strengthen our beliefs, change our perception, start new trends, promote products and services of organizations more efficiently, all of which ultimately maximizes human contact. Negative reality of communication and influenceHowever looking at the big picture, these benefits of technology come with a bit of a price. The disadvantages of better communication have inevitably exploded over the years. Violence and suicides are the result of influences from movies, news and a constant overflowing of new information on the Internet that can be outrageously diabolical and deviating. Cyber bullying has also become common for people to get revenge and post hate messages with low risks of getting caught. Privacy is slowly fading from our vocabulary thanks to the countless number of cameras everywhere and everyone just seems to own hand phones with built-in cameras these days, combining to the accessibility of pictures and videos through medias like picture messaging, emails, social networking sites and blogs.
  • In order to be a an effective communicator, you have to make a deliberate attempt to communicate with others as well as have some important verbal and nonverbal abilities.Important traits of a good speaker include speaking so that your audience will understand you and know what you are talking about, and making sure it is appropriate.Responsibilities of an effective listener include maintaining eye contract, providing feedback, and engaging fully in trying to understand what is being communicated.
  • Actors- James Gandolfini, Denzel Washington Journalists – Dan Rather, Walter Cronkite, Ted Koppel
  • CMAT 101 Group Assignment, Powerpoint.

    1. 1. The Benefits of a Communications degree <br />Dr. Lori DeWitt<br />Summer Semester 1<br />CMAT 101<br />Stephen Waldron<br />Matthew Ellis<br />Natasha Apau<br />Adam Clarke<br />
    2. 2. Communications<br />Communications is the study of the many ways that human beings relate to each other by exchanging messages, using a number of different processes of communication in a variety of settings (DeFleur, 3).<br />Communication is a part of our lives<br /> People spend at least 75% of their time communicating<br />
    3. 3. The Importance of Effective Communication<br /><ul><li> Effective communication is all about conveying your thoughts and messages to </li></ul>other people clearly and unmistakably. It’s also about receiving information that <br />others are sending to you, with as little confusion as possible.<br /><ul><li>Communication is only successful when both the sender and the receiver understand</li></ul> the same information as a result of the communication. <br /><ul><li> In a recent survey of recruiters from companies with more than 50,000 employees, </li></ul> communication skills were cited as the single most important decisive factor in <br /> choosing managers.<br /><ul><li> Being able to communicate effectively is essential if you want to build an effective</li></ul> career.<br /> URL :<br />
    4. 4. The Communication Process<br /><ul><li>At the source of the message, you</li></ul>need to be clear about why you’re <br />communicating, and what you want<br />to communicate. You also need to<br />be confident that the information<br />you’re communicating is useful and<br />accurate.<br /><ul><li>The message is the information that you want to communicate.
    5. 5. Encoding is the process of transferring the information you want to communicate into a form </li></ul>that can be sent and correctly decoded at the other end.<br /><ul><li>Messages are conveyed through channels, with verbal channels including face-to-face meetings, telephone and</li></ul>videoconferencing; and written channels including letters, emails, memos and reports.<br /><ul><li> Just as successful encoding is a skill, so is successful decoding (which involves taking the time to read a </li></ul>message carefully, or listen actively to it). <br /><ul><li>The receiver is your audience, or whoever is receiving the message that you are trying to send.
    6. 6. Feedback is the verbal and nonverbal reactions to your communicated message. The situation in which your message is delivered is the context.
    7. 7. URL :</li></li></ul><li>Communications Majors<br />A Communications degree is not, necessarily, an avenue to television or radio. There are a good amount of opportunities for communication majors from Counseling, marketing, public relations, etc.<br />It seeks to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of the nature of human communication, the symbol systems by which it functions, the environments in which it occurs, its media, and its effects. Employing critical and empirical approaches, the major draws its resources from the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts.<br />
    8. 8. Communication jobs <br /><ul><li>There are a great amount of jobs you can get with communication like:
    9. 9. Fund raising
    10. 10. Community relations
    11. 11. Advertising/Marketing
    12. 12. Health promotion and so much more
    13. 13. Not only are this jobs that we pursue as a communication major but they can also help a great amount of people
    14. 14. Salaries amount range from $29,063 - $87,020
    15. 15. URL:</li></li></ul><li>What are the benefits of Communications Studies?<br />Interpersonal Communication<br />Teaches students how to communicate with people effectively in face-to-face situations (West, 34)<br />These skills are very applicable to the business world, where as employees, we will need to be able to get messages across to other people and understand what others are saying to us<br />Therefore, people with communications degrees will be at a greater advantage than those who do not have them, and will rise through the ranks faster at their job<br />
    16. 16. What are the benefits of Communications Studies?<br />Intercultural Communication<br />Defined as “communication between and among individuals whose cultural backgrounds vary” (West, 41)<br />Today, businesses work with companies all over the world, and studying communications gives you a much better idea of how to communicate well with business owners from different cultures<br />This makes those students much more valuable as employees because they have a firmer grasp on how to work in harmony with people and businesses from different cultures<br />
    17. 17. What are the benefits of Communications Studies?<br />Small Group Communication<br />“communication among at least three individuals” (West, 35)<br />To be successful, employees must be skilled at working and communicating successfully in task based groups<br />With a wealth of knowledge in how to work well in these groups, students of communications will have an advantage, and will as a result be more valuable and put in charge of more important matters at their job<br />
    18. 18. What are the benefits of Communications Studies?<br />Public Speaking/Rhetoric Communication<br />Defined as “the dissemination of information from one person to a large group” (West, 38)<br />Students of communication are more skilled at presenting themselves in a positive way at job interviews<br />They have a firmer grasp on getting their message across during speeches and discussions at meetings with other employees<br />As a result, they will be given more responsibility and ultimately be more successful<br />
    19. 19. Impact of Communication<br /><ul><li>Communication affects people in various ways according to a wide range of factors with the technology we have today.
    20. 20. The ability to influence
    21. 21. “One of the most frequent</li></ul> tasks we all face daily is to<br /> try to influence people’s <br /> ideas” (DeFleur, 301).<br /><ul><li>Negative reality of communication and influence</li></li></ul><li>How to be a Good Communicator<br /><ul><li>- Requires verbal and nonverbal skills
    22. 22. - If mastered, it is very helpful in both work and personal situations</li></li></ul><li>People who have Succeeded and Studied Communications<br />David Letterman – TV Host<br />Bob Costas – Sports Reporter<br />Spike Lee - Filmmaker<br />URL -<br />
    23. 23. In Conclusion…<br />Communications is a broad field<br />Opportunities and possibilities endless<br />Skills in communication make a person a more valuable employee<br />It is changing and growing rapidly<br />Communications prepares you for almost any job, as well as your personal life<br />
    24. 24. Reference Page<br />Mind Tools: Introduction to communication skills. (n.d.). Retrieved from<br />West, Richard, & Turner, Lynn. (2007). Introducing communication theory. New York, NY: Mcgraw Hill.<br />DeFleur, M.H., Kearney, P., Plax, T., & DeFleur, M.K. (2005). Fundamentals of human communication. New York, NY: McGraw Hill.<br />Marki, E. (2008). Do you have a communication degree? You're more in demand than ever. Retrieved from<br />Keith (2006). The major.<br />Buzzle: All about Human communication. (n.d.). Retrieved from<br />National Communication Association: Famous people with degrees in communication. (n.d.). Retrieved from<br />