1. Evaluate this chapter’s definition of communication. What are its strengths? What are its weaknesses? If you were asked to improve it in one way, by adding subtracting, or modifying something, what would you change? Present your answer and explain the reasoning that justifies it in a 100-200-page response.
One of the strengths of communication is that we can utilize it on so many different levels. Many think of communicating as talking, of course recently that would be replaced more and more with texting and typing on the computer. What makes communication strong is not the ways in which it shifts, but in the ways it remains the same, such as human touch, looks, body language. None of these can be duplicated in the less contact-based forms of communication mentioned previously. The main weaknesses are a barrier to the sender’s message getting received properly by the recipient, such as language or possibly gender.
If I were to implement something to alter communication for better or worse, I would be a minor class in early education, preferably before the third grade. This class would be a communication class of sorts, preferably something geared more towards reading body language, as I believe much of our communication efforts are lost or misconstrued. If children were made aware of how to see the subtle cues sent by those they are communicating with in person, I believe this would help foster a more tightly knit unity within our culture. 2. Recall an incident in which you or an acquaintance experienced a communication breakdown because of a verbal linguistic barrier. Chronicle this incident in a 100-200-word response.
My wife and I work in a hotel in our town part-time. Here in Arizona, many workers in a number of jobs are bilingual because of the obvious need. Unfortunately, many of those who work housekeeping jobs at our hotel speak fluent Spanish and do not speak more than a few words of broken English. I have worked with some of these people for nearly two years, and as such I have learned to communicate with them better, if not perfectly. When I began it was a totally different story, as I knew little conversational Spanish and the housekeepers knew little conversational English, communication with them was difficult and at times seemingly impossible. When I was working a maintenance position, I had to communicate with the housekeeping staff closely so as to know what they found in the rooms. Even though we had employees that were fluent in both languages, they were not always available to translate at a moment’s notice; many times, I requested them to translate the many repair orders written out in Spanish so I could carry on my work with minimal interruption. 3. This chapter questions the statement that no people can see the same thing because the statement is self-discrediting. If the statement were true, the person making the statement would have no way of knowing that it is true since, by his or her own admission, he or she could never gain access to what other people see for the purpose of determining this. What do you think? Share your thoughts in a 100-200-word response.
I believe this statement to not be self-discrediting in a full sense. If we choose to be literal, then no, I cannot see what Tom, Dick or Harry see because it is a physical impossibility. The problem I have with the discrediting of this statement is that it disregards all other possible means of communication by which we can discover what and how others see things. If not for other forms of communication, we would never know of color blindness, cataracts, blind ‘spots’ or even actual blindness.
If not for the ability to write, speak and listen, we would truly not know how others see the world. Thankfully we can, despite the physical restrictions because of the links we share via communication CHAPTER 2
1. Words are powerful communication tools. Consider the following words of wisdom from James 3:2-10 (NLT): “If we could...
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