The CQ: Communication Quotient™ Integrated Model acknowledges that communication encompasses more than just the exchange of words, but incorporates a range of essential skills that contribute to successful communication outcomes. It recognizes that effective communication goes beyond linguistic proficiency and encompasses the ability to engage, connect and adapt in various contexts.
Active listening is when you listen with an intentional effort to understand the point of view of others, their motivations, thoughts and expectations while suspending any judgment (Dahlen & DeCoster, 2018). Active Listening is a crucial aspect of communication that plays a significant role in developing interpersonal skills and establishing closer connections (Guffey, Loewy, & Almonte, 2019. This skill is essential for conflict resolution, problem-solving and providing constructive criticism (Eunson, 2019).
Negotiation is a form of communication that consists of interactions and exchanges between two or more parties whose purpose is to reach an agreement that produces a mutual benefit (Rubin, Pruitt, & Kim, 2009).
Stress Management is the process of addressing and coping with the challenges and pressures that individuals face in their life (Lazarus & Folkman, 1984). It involves recognizing and managing the psychological and physiological responses triggered by stressors. Various models and approaches have been proposed to understand stress and develop strategies for its management.
During communication and the utilization of CQ: Communication Quotient™ skills, several brain areas are activated to facilitate various cognitive processes.
The Broca's area, located in the left prefrontal cortex, is responsible for language production and articulation. It plays a crucial role in converting thoughts into coherent speech and generating grammatically correct sentences (Broca, 1861).