Posted by: saboy82 | August 19, 2008

Presentation Follow-up Pt 2

In the first part of this assignment our group decided to work with the presentations from team’s two and four. They talk about being open to the openness of others”, and team four was chosen because they speak about many of the topics discussed in class. However although my team member (gym411) chose to concentrate on the Bohm’s articles, I chose to work with Susan Scott’s articles on “fierce conversation”. These topics were chosen also because they compliment each other, specifically “openness” and “fierce” conversations. Scott makes some interesting key points on how we are not as authentic as we should be when it comes to having a conversation, hence creating even greater opportunities for not achieving the desired result.

When I think about the themes/concepts of interpersonal communication, the movie “Crash” come into mind. The movie plot illustrates the problems with bridging cultural differences”, “promoting dialogue”, “Managing conflict”, and “recognizing communication walls” amongst a small group of people, however by the end of the movie it portrays how everyone and everything is connected hence helping manage these communication and conflict issues. This portrayal of this movie and the way we have learning about the courses concepts through the literature and through each other, I find it very fitting how all these concepts about interpersonal communication compliment each other. Specifically Gym411 and I mentioned how the cultural differences between our home country and the United States had presented difficulties when making the transition. Eventually we learned that it was not a good idea to exclude ourselves from the rest of society because of our cultural differences, and the best way to overcome this barrier was to learn how to “be open” to those of a different culture. By “opening up” we can all learn from the other culture. Cake, mentioned in her blog that she had language barriers that could affect her communications attempts with the class and other students. Hence she chose to “break” this wall by not letting this be a communication barrier. Specifically: “To build a meaningful relationship you have to disclose yourself to the other person”. Summer22 expressed that in order to “promote dialogue” she noticed that she needed “… to be cautious of not being too overpowering. Finally Grant2u mentioned how he “manages conflict” by recognizing that he “… was no longer the one with all the answers, but the one who had to listen, let go, and allow someone else to lead the way.”

(team 2)

(team 4)



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  3. Having taken a class with Professor Cronen, I must say that I’m biased towards his opinion. I remember learning about speech acts and conversational triplets and all of that. Gym411 says “Poor listening can affect a communication encounter, (No matter how “open” one is). One can be open with others but will always respond to the encounter from an outsider point of view since we never successfully listen.” This is a very good description of a part of an episode. The episode can either succeed or fail, depending on how well the parties involved listen to each other and take into account each other’s wants/needs/feelings (aka nexting). Saboy also talks about a good episode (or nexting) and “how it can create an opportunity to have a real “fierce” conversation.” Not in the sense that either side is brutally passionate over something, but that the conversation will mean something and won’t just be platitudes. President Makalele goes into a good example of life scripts, by saying “Team 4 also wrote how one of their team members would bring out her concern regarding the project and the end result was that the team kicked into gear and started addressing those expressed concerns.” The team was waiting for the cue to work, and wasn’t getting it in the form that we were used to. We expected a “Do this at this time” from the professor, but when we didn’t get it, we sort of floundered. Once we got it from inside the team, we took off like a bat out of hell. Memphisburns pointed out a good example of the cultural aspect to speaking (or in our case typing) “In efforts to curtail any future frustration or confusion on everyone’s part, Ooloveshoo disclosed information about herself to elicit understanding from the rest of us.” He was talking about how ooloveshoo told us that English was a secondary language in an effort to help us understand some errors that may have come forward in the future. In type, there is no way to judge someone other than their grammar and spelling; and for someone who isn’t fully fluent in English, never mind typing it, they might be viewed as a half-wit or less intellectual, but knowing her background demolishes any thoughts of that.

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