Sunday, September 30, 2012

Communication Evaluations

My evaluations were consitent of those of my former co-worker and husband. I was not suprised with any of the outcomes. I was suprised that being to empathetic could lead to being too trust-worthy. This can either be a negative or positive perspective.

On the Listening Skills Profile I was labeled in Group 1. I am empathetic and concerned with the emotions of others. This listening relationship helps you to build relationships, but it can infer with proper judgment because you tend to be very trusting of others.

On the Communication Anxiety Inventory I ranged between 21-33. It reported that Ifeel comfortable communicating in most situations and feel confident in anticipating such encounters.

On the Verbal Awareness Scale I was moderate. I maintain a good balance between respect and consideration for others viewpoints, and the ability to argue fairly by attacking the facts of a position rather than the person holding the positions.


Rubin, R. Palmgreen, P. & Sypher, H.E. (Eds) (2009). Communication research measures:

A sourcebook. Communication Anxiety Inventory, Verbal Aggressive Scale. New York:


Rubin, R., Rubin, A.M., Graham, E.E., Perse, E.M., Seibold, D.R. (Eds) (2009).

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Cultural Diversity in Communication

Based on what you have learned this week, share at least three strategies you could use to help you communicate more effectively with the people or groups you have identified

I believe that I can use the strategy of listening. I believe that I can be more attentive and open-minded to learn more about their cultures. I can listen to what the person is saying without interruption. I will try to select all of the important information, so that I can get a better perspective of the person and their culture.

The second strategy that I can use is being of aware of my own emotions and understanding the meaning of other cultures and their emotions. I can be more aware of my own emotions, dispositions, and nonverbal skills, because I do not want to offend someone because of my body gestures. I am very sensitive; therefore I show a lot of eye contact to let the person know that I can relate to them and the diversity of cultures, however in many cultures that would be offensive.

The third strategy is learning. I believe that I can learn more about another culture, even before the conversation or communication process begins. This will help alleviate stress and tension; it will make the communication process more engaging.

Saturday, September 15, 2012


Television Off-
The television show that I normally do not watch is Hollywood Heights. From watching the television show with the sound turned off, I could see that the characters did not get along with each other. I could tell from the show that the characters Adrianna and her dad were had a hard time talking to each other. Her dad appeared to be in her face and she was crying. He was being aggressive and pulling on her arm.
Adrianna seemed to be very sad, and the father seemed to take control of whatever they were talking about.

Television On-
I was on track, but I misrepresented the emotions of the characters. Adrianna was crying, but when I listened to the show with the sound on she was crying because she was pregnant and her dad was telling her he supported whatever decision that she made.
Yes, because I am not familiar with these characters or the plot of the show. I didn’t know that a aggressive touch meant that I am supportive of you and your decisions. I was not familiar with the behaviors of the characters, so this cause me to misjudge or misrepresent what the characters were actually discussing .

I learned that sometimes a person’s nonverbal cues may not match their verbal cues.

Saturday, September 8, 2012


The person that exhibits competent communication is my father. My father is a Warden at a prison as well as a youth advisor for our church. When he speaks he is very calm and relaxed. He is open in his communication process. When he communicates, he speaks clearly and listens modestly. He does not interrupt people when they are speaking. He does not judge people in a negative behavior when he is speaking because of his authority. He stays on point of the conversation and does not use negative gestures while he is speaking. He uses the appropriate tone or communication skills for adults and children. My father communicates with people with respect and understands that we live in a diverse society. I would love to model my father's communication skills because of the way people respect what he is saying and they are attentive while he is speaking.