My Communication Strategies
I have to say that in just the past few weeks I have learned a lot about my communication style both verbally and nonverbally. I went into this course with one of my goals being to improve my skills. I love working with children but dread dealing with parents. See, I even wrote it in a negative light: working with children vs dealing with parents. In either case, I love what I do and in the year since I have started this program at Walden I have involved myself in several programs that benefit children. So when I think about what has changed in my communication since this course began the most obvious thing is that I have gone back to being quite. The difference is before I was just quite, didn't talk a lot and I was find with it but now I am a quite listener. I am focusing more on what is being said or expressed by trying to listen effectively. I don't think about my rebuttal or what I need to do next, I just listen. One of my three strategies is listening. I have read over all the resources provided and am finding that I have room for improvement in the area of listening. I am that person whose mind is always going a mile a minute and whenever someone is talking I am already thinking three minutes ahead. The next strategy I could utilize is to be more mindful of how my perception plays into my communication. I am not a closed-minded, do it my way or no way type of person but I do realize that my perception of things always plays an important role in my communication. After completing the last course in which we learned about diversity and equity I challenged myself to step out of my comfort zone and emerge myself more into the world without compromising my beliefs, of course. I think a part of that is accepting the perception of others and trying to understand where they are coming from or why they believe what they believe. And perhaps another very important step for is to be more conscious of my non-verbal behaviors. My mother has always told me that no matter what comes out of my mouth my true feelings were always visible on my face. Those readings that she gets off my face are visible to the rest of the world and as of late I realize that my body language is starting to line up with my true thoughts. I do not want to be a liar by any means but I do realize that I need to be more in control of my non-verbal behaviors especially that of disgust because I know that is a very obvious one with me.
Posted by LaTresa Moruri