Every field of study and business needs effective communication to disseminate information, persuade colleagues and customers, and conduct business. Good communication skills are important for not just the boss but also everyone else.
Here are some research paper topics on communicating science news and information, effective business communication and information overload.
Effective communication in the scientific community
A term paper topic can be to discuss how communicating in the scientific field requires specific methods to make sure information is communicated precisely and effectively. The article “Effective Communication” online at Scitable by Nature Education, taken from the e-book English Communication for Scientists, provides tips on communicating scientific information. Foremost, communication is centered on the audience, so it must be audience-friendly.
The article also encourages those in the scientific community to consider the medium when communicating information. For written information, be concise, offer solid evidence and structure the paper to enable ease of selected reading. For oral presentations, “convince an audience by selecting cogent arguments, by articulating them logically and, especially, by delivering them effectively.”
Effective communication in business
For your term paper you could write about how successful business leaders have mastered communication techniques that influence, inspire and guide others. In “5 Habits of Highly Effective Communicators” in Forbes November 29, 2012, Susan Tardanico offers effective communication practices:
- Do as you say. Since your behavior is an influential form of communication, be sure your actions align with your words — otherwise contradictions and hypocrisy will lessen the effectiveness of your message.
- Be simple and concise. Distill complex thoughts and strategies into simple, memorable and jargon-free terms that colleagues and customers can understand.
- Use your own style and your own voice. “Use language that’s distinctly your own. Let your values come through in your communication… But don’t fixate on eloquence; concentrate on being distinct and real,” said Tardanico.
- Be visible, in front of stakeholders. Don’t hide behind your email, texts or Twitter. Rather, interact with real people. Face-to-face is still a powerful means of communication.
- Look as well as listen. Don’t always be talking, but also look for nonverbal cues and body language from others. Also, listen to others, ask good questions and get good feedback.
Effective communication versus information overload
A good research paper topic is to discuss the effective use of communication versus too much information that will bore or dissuade audiences. One example is information about recycling and protecting the environment. In “Recycle and Its Effects on the Environment” in the January 1, 2016, issue of Competition Forum, Omid Nodoushani, et al. explain that there are many outlets for information about recycling, such as the Internet, social media, email, newspapers and television ads. These messages, by federal, state and local governments, explain how beneficial recycling is to the environment, by reducing waste in landfills, reducing energy consumption and decreasing pollution.
However, when people are bombarded by too many ads or service announcements, they become jaded. The messages, no matter how accurate or important, can begin to have a negative effect. Although it may sound logical that more messages means more people will recycle, the opposite can be true. “The quality of individuals’ decisions is positively correlated to the amount of information they receive – up to a point. Once that point is reached, the quality of their decisions rapidly declines. In fact, when there is a lot of information being communicated, individuals will become confused and will find it harder to recall specific information,” said Nodoushani et al.
For more information, check out Questia’s library on Communication Effectiveness.
What are some traits you’ve seen in effective communicators?