The 7 Cs OF Effective Communication

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In their pioneer book Effective Public Relations, Professors Broom, Cutlip, and Center (2012) list the 7 Cs of Effective Communication. This list is widely used today, especially in public relations and advertising.

  1. Completeness
    Complete communication is essential to the quality of the communication process in general. Hence, communication should include everything that the receiver needs to hear for him/ her to respond, react, or evaluate properly.
  2. Conciseness
    Conciseness does not mean keeping the message short, but making it direct or straight to the point. Insignificant or redundant information should be eliminated from the communication that will be sent to the recipient.
  3. Consideration
    To be effective, the speaker should always consider relevant information about his/her receiver such as mood, background, race, preference, education, status, and needs, among others. By doing so, he/she can easily build rapport with the audience.
  4. Concreteness
    Effective communication happens when the message is concrete and supported by facts, figures, and real-life examples and situations. In this case, the receiver is more connected to the message conveyed.
  5. Courtesy
    The speaker shows courtesy in communication by respecting the culture, values, and beliefs of his/her receivers. Being courteous at all times creates a positive impact on the audience.
  6. Clearness
    Clearness in communication implies the use of simple and specific words to express ideas. It is also achieved when the speaker focuses only on a single objective in his/her speech so as not to confuse the audience.
  7. Correctness
    Correctness in grammar eliminates a negative impact on the audience and increases the credibility and effectiveness of the message.
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