Communication and Collaboration

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Strategies for Effective Communicating and Collaboration
Communication makes the world go round. Communication is how people interact with bosses, coworkers, family, and friends. Different techniques and strategies will help communicate effectively with each of these individuals. Within any group each person will have different personality traits and learning styles. In order for a team to be successful, they need to use the best of their personality traits and learning style to come together as a team and collaborate. “A successful team beats with one heart” (HeartQuotes™). This quote demonstrates how important it is to all come together and work as one. It is important for each team member to understand his or her strengths and weaknesses; therefore, as an individual one can offer the most he or she can give and address the weaknesses for improvement. As a team member, completing certain tasks together is the goal. “The first step toward that goal is pinpointing what those strengths and weaknesses are—and that’s what learning styles assessments will help you discover” (Carter, Bishop, & Kravits, 2007). A person’s learning style is how his or her mind takes in information and processes it (Carter, Bishop, & Kravits, 2007). Every person does this differently. Some examples of different learning styles are Verbal-Linguistic, Bodily Kinesthetic, and Visual-Spatial. If he or she learns better through reading, writing, listening, and speaking their best learning style would be Verbal-Linguistic (Carter, Bishop, & Kravits. 2007). Developing strong Verbal-Linguistic learning style techniques could help tremendously when working within a group. In most group settings listening and discussion are the main activities that take place. Listening and discussion can help by clearly stating instructions for their team and staying organized. If he or she learns better through working with his or her hands then his or her best learning style is Bodily-Kinesthetic. This could...
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