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Communication in Groups

This solution provides an analysis on how communication in groups differs from individual communication. There are also several unique challenges to communicating with groups that are discussed. Depending on the topic, and knowledge of each person in the group, the actual content may not be understood based on expertise level. As the audience in group communication widens, so does the gap in ensuring every attendee fully grasps the content at the same degree. Sheer volume of a group may create noise distractions; while an inability to understand the information may create disinterest.

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Communication differs with an individual as the two parties have limited outside influences. The conversation, whether verbal or through electronic forums such as email, basically "bounce" back and forth. If the message is unclear, one party can simply ask the other to clarify. In a group setting, there are now multiple parties who are receiving a message. Each person may interpret the meaning completely different, causing various viewpoints on what the exact content is.

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Communication amongst two individuals versus a group can vary. With a group, as the volume of people increases, so do the factors for challenges. There can be physical noise simply based on a multitude of people talking at once that prevents the message from being delivered clearly. Every person has their own unique background, which presents "internal noise" that can prejudice what they hear. This solution is 300 words and includes a reference.