You will select 1 of the 4 questions provided and post your answer in a substantive* thread of 250–350 words, citing at least 2 credible sources using correct APA formatting. Credible sources includ

You will select 1 of the 4 questions provided and post your answer in a substantive* thread of 250–350 words, citing at least 2 credible sources using correct APA formatting. Credible sources include the course textbook (as one of your sources) and a full text, peer-reviewed/scholarly article. No general Internet searching is acceptable.

Thread question choices:

1.      Explain how technology has affected the communication process both positively and negatively.

2.      Explain the purpose of a subject line in an email message and provide two or three guidelines for writing an effective subject line.

3.      Discuss two or three ways you can effectively and respectfully utilize wireless technologies to communicate.

4.      Describe two or three techniques you can apply when delivering an effective bad-news message and why each is important.

Sample Discussion Board Forum Thread

How can poor communication cost more than good communication?

Communication, whether good or bad, costs both time and money for the composer and for the receiver—hence why good communication is key to effectively capitalizing on the resources of both the audience and the communicator. On average, nearly “seventy-five percent of the communications received are incorrectly received” (Buhler, 2009, p. 19). With statistics like that, it is easy to imagine the amount of time, effort, and money that can be wasted on poor communication. In addition, this miscommunication can cause much damage to an individual’s or an organization’s reputation.

According to Locker and Kaczmarek (2009), testing whether or not a message is good depends on whether or not the message is clear, complete, provides enough information to act on, is free from errors, saves the reader time, and builds goodwill. I have seen firsthand at my current position as a legal assistant that, without proper communication skills, a message may take more time to revise and comprehend; this can leave the receiver confused, unconvinced, or insulted. Assumed understanding by either party can lead to disaster in anticipating that a message will be received correctly. Therefore, regardless of the content, “every letter, memo, and report serves to enhance or to damage” the audience’s perception of the communicator (Locker & Kaczmarek, 2009, p. 34).

In conclusion, communication is very important and is “worth every minute it takes and every penny it costs” (Locker & Kaczmarek, 2009, p. 9). Thus, poor communication will cost you not only more time and money, but it may also cost you your reputation or your business.

Always include a relevant title for your thread

Notice the in-text citation includes the author’s last name and the publishing year. The page number must be included any time you directly quote from a source.

Also, in this case, notice the punctuation mark follows the in-text citation instead of the statement. For block quotes over 40 words, see the current APA manual.

Always add an appropriate conclusion statement that restates your thesis and brings your thread to a strong close.