Archive for September, 2012

Week 4 Discussion Questions

In organizations you have been part of, what communication have you experienced that was particularly effective – be specific. What was the communication and how did it persuade you?

By Katherine W

I have been involved with many different organizations growing up and communication was always vital. During my senior year I was President of our school’s FFA chapter. We had just gotten a new advisor who knew very little about our school, my teammates, and the activites we did in the past throughout the year. As president it was my job to communicate with her and help to lead us. It was deffinately harder than I thought and took alot of effort on both of our parts. We would set up meetings and talk about upcoming events and goals we had, we would make a list of things that needed to be accomplished and keep it visible for everyone to see, this way goals were meet. Setting up meetings and talking in person was deffinately the most effect way to communicate, any misunderstandings were handled right away. This taught me and deffinately persuaded me to communicate in person as much as possible because you can interpret tone and read body language.



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Social Relationships at Work: Social Dimensions

By Erik Hinch

Social dimensions in the workplace are certain things that are different than a “normal” friendship/relationship, or basically friendships in the workplace. A lot of times, it can affect the productivity of you and your workmates. If you have a good relationship with a co-worker, it can make you a happier person at work when they are around, thus you can be more productive in your time there. However, if something bad happens between you two, it can create a worse working environment than if you had no relationship what-so-ever. There are pro’s and cons. Also, depending on the closeness of you and the other person, things such as promotions can get in the way. How you talk to them about a promotion may depend on how close you are. If it is between you two for it, there may be some bad blood. You will likely keep a mutual respect for each other though, and congratulate/comfort the other person, depending on who wins.

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Week 4 Discussion

Kristin Marquardt

Throughout high school, I’ve been a part of AFS. Last year I was the vice president. If you don’t know AFS, it is a foreign exchange program. So being a part of AFS was very exciting, especially with communication! The first couple years I was in AFS our foreign exchange students spoke English very well and had few problems with communication. The next year I met one of my best friends Manami from Japan. Going from Japanese to English is very difficult and Manami had a hard time at first. The first few weeks she just didn’t speak. I invited her to go to a movie with some friends and we soon became closer than many of my other friends. The same year we had Elisabet from Germany. The communication problem with Elisabet wasn’t the language barrier. It was cultural and social. She would act very strangely toward others and nobody understood why she acted so different. Last year we had three exchange students. Borghild from Norway, Hannah from Brazil, and Lalitwan from Thailand. Lalitwan had trouble with communication too. At first we though she was just shy, and then we thought it was educational, and then cultural, but I think it was some of each. She never wanted to join a club or a team and she didn’t like doing things besides homework and school. One thing that surprised me was that she let her hair grow. At her school in Thailand, their hair needs to stay just below her ear, so when she came here she was so happy to have long hair. Hannah from Brazil also became one of my very best friends. Meeting people from all over the world gives me a lot to think about. I think about war, and wonder how we could fight to the death with people like my friends. It makes me sad, but also very happy that I have friends in s many places. Meeting Manami, Hannah, and Borghild, made me want to learn another language or travel the world. The language didn’t work out for me, so lets hope I can travel.

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Collectives and Category Groups

By Katherine W

Collective groups usually larger groups of people coming together for one cominality. It can range anywhere from watching fireworks in a crowd of people for the fourth of July or coming together to protest against something you and others believe in. You may be strangers but all come together for one common denominator.

Category groups  are individuals who are similar to one another in some way. It can be large groups like what political party you are in, individually you are all different but your views of government are the same. We as students are a category group, we are all Blue Golds, Eau Claire unites us as a group. Category groups can also have negatives such as ‘smokers’ or ‘non-smokers’ and you can comingle within these groups.


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Week 4 discussion: Communication and how it persuaded me

I’m going to use a deeper topic with this discussion question that not everybody may understand. When I was growing up and going through high school, I attended a Pentecostal church. Not your ordinary church. The prayer, worship, dress… everything was completely different than what anybody is really used to nowadays unless you’re on the same page. We had a youth group for the teenagers of our church and we would get together every Friday night for a lesson, some songs, and fun and games afterward. We worshipped in a different way than many, raising our hands, singing, jumping, running, speaking in other tongues. It was our communication of praise to God. Many people, are satisfied with a simple quiet prayer. I never understood it until I had a friend lay a hand on my shoulder and pray with me. Honestly, the communication between me and God did  amazing things for me and inspired me to help doing the same for others and my friends. People who would come into our services, looked at us like we were crazy, but it’s because they didn’t understand the communication we used for worship. And it’s a touchy subject to talk about, so if you don’t understand it or believe it, you have to be careful how you communicate your own beliefs to others. This was my life then.

By: Sarah S.

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Communication as verbal and nonverbal

By Katherine W

Communication verbally happens on almost a daily basis and through medias including; television, radio, and interpersonal communication. Verbal communication tends to be a voiced opinion, or conversation between two or more parties. Verbal communication is very important when trying to solve problem or express your feelings.

Communication non verbally is more subtle than verbal communication and can often mean more. There is a saying “actions speak louder than words”, this in non verbal communication. Many of us do this through emotion, facial expressions, body language, and hand gestures. It also takes someone to be more intuitive to one another and they’re behavior to help decide if verbal communication is necessary or wanted.

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Primary and Social Groups

Primary and Social groups are similar and different in both their own ways.  Both are smaller groups but who is in them and the time they’re held together is what makes them different. A primary group are more close-knit and long term. Your family, you’ll have forever. This is considered a primary group, you love your family, your close, they’ll always be there for you. We create relationships and friendships that are primary. The members of these groups are very involved with each other and interact on a very regular basis.

A social group is also a smaller group but relatively somewhat larger than the primary group. These groups are considered our work groups, school groups, clubs, and congregations. Not all of these are going to be long term and last forever. Yeah there may be some friendships created along the way that become long term but the initial group  only lasts for an initial period of time. Members can leave these groups and become of other ones.


By: Sarah S.

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