Jerry Mcguire

Topics: Jerry Maguire, Regina King, Cameron Crowe Pages: 2 (695 words) Published: October 20, 2008
In the movie "Jerry Maguire", several types of ineffective listening styles can be observed. The ineffective listening styles of the characters in this movie allow you the viewer to see the consequences and reactions of the characters to this form of communication. As we learned that listening is one of the most important parts of communication since it is the most frequent form of communication. The characters in this movie also learn that it is not just hearing what another is saying but actually listening. Also I thought it was interesting that the main character, Jerry McGuire had to learn how to listen to others but most importantly how to listen to his own inner voice. The first ineffective listening style that comes to mind is stage hogging. Stage-hogging is turning the conversation towards oneself. Where you don’t listen to the speaker and only are worried about expressing your own point. I believe Stage-hogging was occurred in the telephone scene with Jerry and Rod are talking about Rod remaining Jerry’s client and Jerry getting the best deal he can on his new contract. Jerry is trying to explain certain details to Rod but Rod has to Stage Hog. Jerry said, “Hey Rod, How are you doing?” Rod replied agitated, “How am I doing? I’ll tell you how I’m doing. I’m sweating dude! I’m sweating my contract! I’m sweating Bob Sugar calling me and telling me that I’m missing the big endorsements by being with you! Jerry’s message never gets across to Rod. Rod is only interested in making his point. I have encountered this many times. I have been on both ends of this ineffective listening style. The only difference is that when I was doing the Stage hogging I really did not notice. When it was being done to me I realized it right away. Whether I am having a conversation with my kids, husband or stranger I have to realize that as I want to express my thoughts so does the person I am speaking with. The next ineffective listening style that caught my attention is...
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