Communication and Listening

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Communication and Listening

Rebekah Gardner

Teamwork, Collaboration, and Conflict Resolution SOC/110

November 03, 2014
Larry Bohleber

Communication and Listening

How do people communicate? How do they listen? These are some of the questions that I will answer. I will also provide examples of verbal and nonverbal communication as well as explain how knowledge of nonverbal communication can help when communicating with others. I will also analyze my personal results for the Student Listening Inventory and explain what I do well and where I can improve.
How Do People Communicate Communication takes place when two or more people interact with one another. People communicate by using both verbal and nonverbal
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There are several ways to actively listen. Use nonverbal cues such as making eye contact with the speaker. This lets the speaker know that they have your attention. Pay attention to the speaker’s nonverbal cues and respond accordingly. A good listener shows empathy and respect to the speaker. It is important for the speaker to know that they are being listened to and that the listener shows interest in the speaker’s message.
Student Listening Inventory After analyzing my results for the Student Listening Inventory the interpretation of my score showed that I perceive myself to be a good listener in the classroom, but I can still improve my listening skills. I agree with the results from this inventory and found it very insightful when identifying my strengths and weaknesses. I did well in being able to block out distractions such as side conversations or personal problems. Another area I scored high in was being able to read the speaker’s facial expressions and body language to receive additional information about the speaker’s meaning. I also scored high in being able to be nonjudgmental and critical when I listen. Being able to identify my strengths was very insightful. Until I completed this survey I never really paid much attention to my strengths. I could improve my listening skills by jotting down words that a speaker uses that I do not understand and paraphrasing or summarizing the speaker’s main…