A Brief Note On Gender And Communication Effectiveness

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Gender and Communication Effectiveness This paper investigates gender and communication effectiveness. Communication behavior, after so much research, has been said to remain stable and consistent (Athenstaedt, Haas, and Schwab, 2004). The notion that woman are more effective communicators has been proven in previous studies such as the study of smiling and gender (Halberstadt, Hayes, and Pike, 1988) and also in the study of gender differences in interaction style and influence (Carli, 1989). Woman have always been said to engage more in conversation than males, and to also appear to show more interest in the conversations that they are involved in. Research findings by (Exline, Gray, and Schuette, 1965) proved that females generally had more eye contact than males did, and maintained higher levels of eye contact through out even uncomfortable conversation. Eye contact is an important part of engagement in conversation. Lack of eye contact is often described as an individual being uninterested. Individuals who display eye contact are effective communicator, which in this case points more towards woman. We also look at work done by Deborah Tannen’s (Tannen, 1990) on how men and women differ in communication styles. Men’s conversational styles are more competitive and fact-oriented while female’s conversational styles are more egalitarian, using conversations for intimacy and to express themselves. In the work done by (Maltz and Borker, 1982) it is explained that women
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