by Tom Clark Communication is one of our greatest needs, and it can bring the greatest joys and most difficult challenges. How can we improve our communication skills? The ability to communicate is one of the most fundamental needs of a human being. Very shortly after birth, sometimes within minutes, a newborn will search for the face of Mommy or Daddy—needing that connection with another human being. He communicates with cries, coos, burbles and gurgles—but he is communicating! As children grow, they also grow in their ability to communicate—not only with words, but also with tone, inflection and body language. Even what is not said becomes a way of communicating. Those with whom we communicate filter all this information through their own emotions and experiences, making the process of communicating ever more complicated! George Bernard Shaw once said, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” There is a great deal that can interfere with the communication process. Miscommunication has been the cause of countless arguments, wrong impressions, hurt feelings and offenses. Sometimes a friendship is hurt, and sometimes one is destroyed. The apostle Paul counseled us all to “let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Colossians 4:6). That is a difficult skill to master! If you would like to improve your communication skills and avoid unnecessary problems, we invite you to explore this “Communication” section. You can learn how to edify, uplift, encourage and comfort others, speaking in a favorable and acceptable tone to all. Your friends will be glad you did. Relationship stories & advice regularly by email... Sign up now for free, helpful Insights Into Relationships posts!