Communication basically is the major tool in dealing with other people and starting to build new relationships and strengthen them. In order to achieve a common understanding, we give meaning to the verbal and nonverbal actions given to us. In return, we respond to these actions complementary so as to achieve harmony (Bergeson, 2008). I took part as the leader of the group. But since I was a foreign student my confidence was not that much. I tended to get shy but still manage to express myself to the group.
We were of different races within the grouping.Language was the major concern here. But despite of this fact we were able to understand each other because of the patience we had for everyone. We tried our best to support each other and listen well to each of us who has something to say and we figured out if our understanding agrees to what someone is trying to convey. I encouraged them to take part in the discussions and ask for their opinions and suggestions so we could end up with a good report and output. Because of this, I didn’t get disappointed with them.
They became motivated and we were able to accomplish what we had planned to work on. And because of this, we were not only developed our tasks, we also developed friendships. It was a great feeling working with people to whom you are comfortable with and you can laugh around and just be yourself. Doing the activities was just mere fun. We didn’t take them as requirements to be accomplished but as learning and fun experience.
essay, I would like to present my personal experience as an individual, as the leader and member of the group.The activities we did such as the persuasive speech, group presentation and peer evaluation, as workshops in molding interpersonal and communication skills as well as personality development. Through these activities we were able to see our weaknesses and strengths, our capabilities and our personalities within and towards other people. In an interpersonal dynamics or much better known as a group dynamics, in short, an individual is referred to as a social being whose troubles or shortcomings arise from detailed and exact social circumstances who is not anymore considered as secluded being outfitted with permanent intuitions and drives.Bruce Tuckman (1965) stated a 4-stage model intended for a group which is called Tuckman’s Stages.
This model discusses about the ideal group decision-making. First is forming, wherein the people within the group pretend to get on or get along with the other co-members of the group. It is easier to do to avoid misunderstandings and project a harmonious relationship. The second one is storming. In this stage, there is letting down courtesy and respect difficulty and trying to get down to the issues even if displeasures burst out.This is not so ideal because we know that nobody wants to be a loser especially if pride is at risk.
Third one is called norming. It is developing reliance and efficiency in work by knowing each member and getting used to them. For me, this
is a need and basic in group works because you’ll be comfortable working if you know each other well. And lastly, performing which is the major task to do in a group with a common goal only achieved if there is cooperation and efficiency among group members (SalesSense, 2007).
During workshops, honestly I was not that in high spirits with my group.First is because we were not all motivated to do the tasks. We didn’t have a leader so I took a step to volunteer so we could move on to the next level. During brainstorming and meetings, most of the members were doing different things not relevant to the topic we were discussing. In the sharing of ideas and opinions few people did not recognize the suggestions and proposals of the others.
All I could see as the major problem was the fact that we were of different races. My group mates are all nice as a person but we had a difficulty working as a group. Language was the main concern.And also for others who did not make to have an attendance we were not able to decide on what to do with the presentation. We did the work more than once because of this issue. Finally, we still made to finish the presentation together because we had to.
That reason had motivated us to do so. No matter what happens, we’ll get through. And of course, we did. We settled the problem by requiring each of us to do what we had to do. During the persuasive speech, our communication skills were built up. Our gestures, marketing skills and values were sharpened and sought after us.
It doesn’t matter how big a project is or how brilliant the idea you are trying to convey but it is the effective communication that is important to arrive in successful evaluation. Persuasive communication is the prerequisite to increasing personal influence by providing comprehensible and distinct solutions (IISD, 2008). We were five international students in the group. We have strengths and weaknesses during this activity. As I said on the previous statements, language was our major concern that became our weakness.
We were not able to deliver exact thoughts we had in mind due to this difficulty.In addition, we lacked confidence in facing the audience and speaking to them what we had to say during the persuasive speech. The group was of half personality because of the members during this activity. Some were outgoing and actively participating and there were others who were not, shy and very quiet. For me, despite of my difficulty in language and communication skills, I enjoyed speaking to the audience and was able to deliver what I had to say.
I didn’t care of the people around still I managed to overcome this problem and continue everything with grace under pressure.These are the advantages of our group. We were able to divert pressuring instances to challenges. Despite the fact that we were not that good in communicating our thoughts and ideas into words and verbal actions, we still tried our best to do what we can do
- Intercultural Communication
- Interpersonal Communication
- Cross-Cultural Communication
- Nonverbal Communication
- Effective Communication
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- Conflict Resolution