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Lesson 1 Blog Post
Describe how values, culture, and ethics influence communication activity.
Often when people think of culture, they may think of various ethnicities. Organizations create
and develop their own cultures. How an organization develops and maintains a culture depends
heavily on the communication systems and norms established among employees. It is
important that in any organization of which you are a part, you take time to understand its
values, heroes, norms, climate, etc.
Think about the organization for which you currently work or one that you have worked for in
the past. What is its mission statement? Are any stories of the company’s history retold and
upheld? What about the norms: Can you call the CEO with a question, or do you have to follow
a certain hierarchy? Your answers to these questions will help you to determine the
organization culture. Once you understand the culture, you can begin to communicate
effectively within the organization.
For your blog assignment in this lesson, you will answer the following questions:
What is/was your company’s mission statement? Are any stories of the company’s history
retold and upheld? What about the norms: Can you call the CEO with a question, or do you
have to follow a certain hierarchy?
Lesson 3 Blog Post
Evaluate your listening skills
Now that you know how important active listening skills are in the workplace, you must take
steps to improve those skills. Before you can do this, you must assess your current strengths
To evaluate your current listening skills, complete the following listening assessment: Listening
Once you have your results, you will use them to complete the blog assignment for this lesson
by answering the following questions.
How did you rate as an individual on the listening skills test? Are you a strong listener, or do
you have room for improvement? What are some things you found surprising? How can this
knowledge help you in the workplace?
Lesson 4 Blog Post
Evaluate your skills in each type of verbal and nonverbal communication.
Before you delve deeper into this lesson, complete the Communications Skills Tutorial
(https://www.mindtools.com/CommSkll/CommunicationIntro.htm), including watching the
training video. To assess your current abilities, complete the brief assessment within the
tutorial to provide an accurate representation of your knowledge. What did you find out about
your current communication skills?
Do you feel the results from the tutorial assessments are accurate? What are some key
takeaways from the Communication Skills training?
Lesson 5 Blog Post
Take the argumentative self-assessment on page 325 of your textbook. Are you someone
who accepts a challenge and will argue your point? Or do you tend to shy away from an
argument? What can you do to improve or change your argumentativeness?
Take the verbal aggressiveness self-assessment on page 326 of your textbook. Do you have a
tendency to be verbally aggressive? What can you do to make adjustments and move
towards argumentativeness in the workplace?
Lesson 7 Blog Post
Think about a previous job interview. Did you go through any or all of these steps (below) to
alleviate communication anxiety? If you didn’t use all four steps, would you have felt
better/different about the interaction if you had?
Manage communication anxiety in a dyadic setting.
Given that you dedicate such energy and preparation to the interview, it is perfectly normal to
experience anxiety about communicating in a dyadic setting. Understand that having some
anxiety is normal; but using the proper tools to manage that anxiety will help you increase
your communication effectiveness.
As mentioned above, having a goal for your interview and performing the necessary research
to reach that goal will boost your confidence. If you feel overly nervous for an interview, then
you may want to spend more time on your research and plan.
Look the part.
This should go without saying but when you are dressed in your best, you feel your best.
Ensure that you are wearing the appropriate attire, that you are well groomed, and that you
have any necessary documents (résumé, portfolio, data, etc.).
Practice being self-confident.
Part of preparation is understanding how you will deliver your message. If you are the
interviewer, practice asking the questions or even delivering the performance review. If you
are the interviewee, practice discussing your résumé and speaking to your strengths. Be
confident in your ability to deliver your message and achieve your goal.
Create a comfortable atmosphere.
When you are comfortable and trust a person, your anxiety nearly melts away. Establishing
trust and comfort quickly is paramount in managing anxiety. You can achieve this as the
interviewer by providing an adequate space in which to hold the interview. It should be well
lit, free of clutter, and have a generally inviting atmosphere. In both sides of the interview, the
parties should project positive nonverbal cues. Smiling, nodding the head, making
appropriate eye contact, and using a firm handshake also support a comfortable atmosphere
and make both parties feel more at ease.
While it may be impossible to eliminate all communication anxiety, these four simple steps
will go a long way toward reducing your anxiety. Next time you are in a situation where you
are anxious, think about how you can make the atmosphere more comfo rtable, be prepared,
and show confidence even if you don’t feel confident at all. If you can add just one of these
practices into your communication preparation, it can go a long way.
Lesson 8 Blog Post
Describe the characteristics of effective group communication.
Not all groups communicate effectively . Some characteristics are necessary for effective group
communication to occur. These characteristics include cohesiveness, norms, roles, and
advocacy to minimize conformity and groupthink. Understanding what these characteristics are
and how to create an effective environment will help you as you embark on your journey with
Look at the Life Coach team at Waking Up, Inc., as they are a great example of an effective
This group is cohesive, and they work together in harmony. The members of the group rarely
change as there is little turnover within this specific group. Many of the members have been
working with Waking Up, Inc. in their roles for years. This allows the group to function
effectively, and most group members are satisfied with their group participation.
This group has very specific norms. Remember from your textbook that norms are “recurring
patterns of behavior of thinking that come to be accepted in a group as the ‘usual’ way of doing
things” (p. 266). Typical norms for this group include the idea that members will be engaged
and actively present for meetings. Negative criticism of the group members is not tolerated,
taking risks and developing new ideas are encouraged, and most importantly, it is OK to have a
little bit of fun, even during a work-related task or project.
Every member of this group has a significant role. For example, John is the leader of the group
and facilitates the discussion. Shellie is often the gatekeeper and works to keep everyone
involved in the discussion. Having clearly identified roles helps this group ensures that
communication will progress smoothly, and keeps potential conflict at a minimum.
Finally, this group values advocacy, which affects conformity and groupthink. What this means
is that the group is open to evaluating different points of view and ideas. They encourage
others to speak their minds and bring new ideas, ensuring the group conforms to the ideas
based on logical reasoning.
What do you think? Have you worked with an effective group that had these characteristics?
Lesson 10 Blog Post
Presentations have four general purposes from which you may choose: to inform, to persuade,
to motivate, or to celebrate.
To Inform Provide information and educate the audience about the topic.
To Persuade Can be one of three types of persuasion; first is to change or reaffirm the
audience’s existing point of view. The second is to convince or acquire the audience’s
commitment, and the third is to inspire the audience to action.
To Motivate Similar to the persuasive speech, the motivational speech will generally focus
more on emotions and feelings to persuade an audience.
To Celebrate These speeches may share many of the same characteristics as other speeches.
Often you deliver these in very specific settings or at events such as award ceremonies,
churches, or even weddings.
Now that you have had a chance to review the four general purposes for a presentation, think
about the purposes of presentations you have attended or given. You will answer these
questions in the blog post for this assignment.
Think about the last presentation you attended. What was the purpose of the presentation?
Do you feel the presenter was effective in establishing the purpose of the meeting? Why or
Lesson 11 Blog Post
Now that you have had a chance to review how to deliver a presentation, think about how your
visual, vocal, and verbal cues could affect your delivery. For your blog assignment in this lesson,
you will answer the following questions.
As asked in the video, how would you change your verbal, vocal, and paralanguage cues if
you were delivering an informative versus a motivational presentation?
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