Who am I as a Communicator?

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This week was an eye opener into the ways I communicate. I never had really thought about how I communicated, only that I communicated. As I took the communication measures assessments I learned a great deal about myself however; when my son and husband did the same communication measure profile about me I was even more impressed that my profile was close to the same scores as my husband and sons were about me. In our reading this week “this competent communication model not only includes feedback, but also it shows communication as an ongoing, transactional process:” (O’Hair, Wiemann, Mullin, & Teven,  2015, p. 21).

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In the listening styles profile assessment I scored highest in people-oriented because I am a empathetic and supportive listener. My son and my husband agreed on this assessment however I learned that being a people-oriented listener does have its draw backs. Even though I am supportive and empathetic to my listeners I also can too trust which can interfere in the judgment I make about others (Rubin, Rubin, Graham, Perse, & Seibold, 2009).

 

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In the verbal aggressiveness scale assessment I scored lowest in never engaging in verbal aggressiveness toward a person even though I want to sway them to my point of view. This can have its drawbacks because I may back down instead of trying to embark on a logical conversation. My son and husband were both agreeable on this assessment (Rubin, Palmgreen, & Sypher, 2009).

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The third assessment was the communication anxiety inventory. I learned through this assessment that I have a high score in having anxiety in most areas of communication which can take away from how I influence others in my everyday communication. My husband and son were in agreement to this assessment (Rubin, Palmgreen, & Sypher, 2009).

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As I have had the chance to go over these results and understand my communication assessments I believe that I have some important tools to help me to communicate better with the people around me. I am not perfect in my communication skills and I have so much to learn however; I believe that I will never know everything and I live each day knowing that I can expand my knowledge and learn something new. I look forward to continuing on my journey towards being a better communicator. Because my everyday life evolves on communication and I would never want to offend someone by something that I say or imply. Have a marvelous week!

Tammy

References

O’Hair, D., Wiemann, M., Mullin, D. I., & Teven, J. (2015). Real communication.

Perceiving the Self and Others, (2). 45-62.

Rubin, R. B., Palmgreen, P., & Sypher, H. E., (2009). Communication research

            measures: A sourcebook. Communication Anxiety Inventory, New York:

Routledge.

Rubin, R. B., Palmgreen, P., & Sypher, H. E., (2009). Communication research

            measures: A sourcebook. Verbal Aggressive Scale, New York:

Routledge.

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

Communication research measures II: A sourcebook. Listening Styles Profile-

16,New York: Routledge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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