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Communicating Beyond Words

It is not possible to be an effective communicator if you are unaware of or ignore nonverbal behaviors.

Writing for Results

Write in a clear, concise, and correct manner!

Constructive Feedback

I have learned it is best to give constructive feedback in the moment and not let to much time pass, which will make the situation more cloudy to the person giving the feedback. While giving feedback, avoid being the judge. 

Feedback

Constructive critisism is sometimes hard to take. I learned that by taking a second to process and then paraphrasing to make sure I understand the critisism is much better to do so everyone is on the same page. 

Being a good listner

Sometimes I feel my mind wanders more, if I do not activly listen, If I wait to gather my thoughts my thoughts ultimatly are more coherent and reactions are better. If I activly listen ask for a moment or two to gather my thoughts and then go into my side of the conversation things work out better for me. I have to be more patient and ask for more patients in return. 

Listening makes others feel more secure

I knew listening to others was important for effective communication but did not know that effective listening could make others feel

more secure, and be more honest. 

Don't "Gunnysack"

Don't continue to collect negative performance issues and then unload them, Take the issues on asap so you dont dwell and they are fresh on your mind. 

Plan

Use all methods of communication

My action plan

Separate myself from criticism. I am not my mistakes.

I will modify and improve my behavior and not judge myself.

I will deal with the issue not my personality or the irrelevant personal matter.

 

Active listening techniques

Active listening works best when you put everything out of your mind to truly hear what the speaker is saying and not posting judgement or trying to compare but to really put yourself in the other persons shoes and try to understand where they are coming from. 

Communicating beyond words

It is important to be aware of the way your face my look or your body language because people may mistake it for something that you dont really mean or want them to think causing issues in the workplace or school.

Writing for results.

I write several memo's/ letters for my job and I did see some mistakes.  I learned how to avoid qualifiers, with this lesson. Thank you!

New perspective

The thing I took to heart most was the necessity to incorporate the other person's goals when determining a solution. This was a viewpoint I had never thought of before.

Lots to learn with communication styles

I have learned a lot with this program

Being honest and upfront about a co-workers performance

I learned that it is not beneficial to sugar coat feedback. If you are really trying to improve someone's style or managing approach you need to be blunt and direct with your feedback. 

Communication is key

Communicating effectively goes a long way. Use the correct strategy when communicating.

Letting someone know about a mistake

Its easy to let someone know that they did something wrong. Its harder how to do it properly and not burn bridges. This training was helpful in telling people how to manage issues properly. A concern was brought up, a conversation happened, both parties are better afterwards.

Feedback

Remember when someone is giving you feedback the intent is to help you be better and give you new tools to improve.

sharing is caring

the best practices are to get everyone involved and students participating with their learning experience. I do utilize action plans to assist students in achieving his or her goals. I feel that my major successes are when students are striving with their grades and their learning experience. My major challenges are when students are failing.   

Feed

Will encourage my peers and student to encourage  feed back in a timely manner and let it be a learning experience.