The Communication Blog: Communication Strategies: Increasing.

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 2.19.2011 Communication Strategies: Increasing Accuracy in Impression Formation Successful communication depends largely on the accuracy of the impressions you form of others. Here are a few ways to increase your accuracy in impression formation. Analyze Impressions. Subject your perceptions to logical analysis, to critical thinking. Here are two suggestions. • Recognize your own role in perception.

The Communication Blog: Communication Strategies: Guidelines for.

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 3.26.2011 Communication Strategies: Guidelines for Facilitating and Responding to Self-Disclosures When someone discloses to you, it’s usually a sign of trust and affection. In carrying out this most important receiver function, keep the following five guidelines in mind. Practice the skills of effective and active listening.

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The Communication Blog: Communication Strategies: Self-Disclosure.

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 3.07.2011 Communication Strategies: Self-Disclosure Dangers In weighing any decision to self-disclosure, consider the potential dangers: Personal Risks The more you reveal about yourself to others, the more areas of your life you expose to possible attack.

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The Communication Blog: Communication Strategies: Growing in Self.

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 2.05.2011 Communication Strategies: Growing in Self-Awareness Because self-awareness is so important in communication, try to increase awareness of your own needs, desires, habits, beliefs, and attitudes. You can do this in various ways. Listen to others. Conveniently, others are constantly giving you the very feedback you need to increase self-awareness.

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The Communication Blog: Communication Strategies: Guidelines for.

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 4.07.2011 Communication Strategies: Guidelines for Resisting Pressure to Self-Disclose You may, on occasion, find yourself in a position where a friend, colleague, or romantic partner pressures you to self-disclose. In such situations, you may wish to weigh the pros and cons of self-disclosure and then make your decision as to whether and what you’ll disclose.

The Communication Blog: College Rankings

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 2.19.2011 College Rankings If you’re concerned with college rankings (or Car and Drivers comparisons), take a look at Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Order of Things&# ( New Yorker , February 14 & 21, 2011, pp. 68-75). I think he successfully demonstrates, as he concludes: “Who comes out on top, in any ranking system, is really about who is doing the ranking.&#

New Communication Words

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 12.20.2010 New Communication Words Here is a great article on new words introduced in 2010. The words in the communication section are: coffice, halfalogue, sofalize, mansplainer, and social graph. I won’t spoil the fun of guessing what these words mean by giving their definitions here. They’re given in the article.

The Communication Blog: Feedforward

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 11.25.2010 Feedforward I want to broaden The Communication Blog to include items that the general reader who has a casual interest in communication might want to read.

Nonverbal Cues

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 9.24.2009 Perceiving Nonverbal Cues Here is an interesting article--something quite different from what we normally see about nonverbal communication. The article (in the October issue of Smithsonian ) discusses a course given to police brass to help them analyze crime scenes.

Intercultural Communication

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 8.31.2009 Intercultural Communication: Gaining Weight? Heres an interesting example of the differences in meaning for a simple comment about gaining weight between English and Japanese. This example can easily be related to bypassing and the differences between connotation and denotation.

The Communication Blog: Communication Strategies: Reduce Your.

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 1.15.2011 Communication Strategies: Reduce Your Ethnocentrism Ethnocentrism is the tendency to evaluate the values, beliefs, and behaviors of your own culture as being more positive, logical, and natural than those of other cultures. Although normally thought of negatively, ethnocentrism has its positive aspects. For example, if a group is under attack, ethnocentrism will help create cohesiveness.

The Communication Blog: Introducing People

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 3.29.2011 Introducing People Here is a brief section on Introducing People that I wrote for Interpersonal Messages 2/e and Essentials of Human Communication 7/e but I thought it would also be of interest to readers of The Interpersonal Communication Book. One of the interpersonal communication situations that often creates difficulties is the introduction of one person to another person.

The Communication Blog: Communication Strategies: Self-Esteem

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 2.12.2011 Communication Strategies: Self-Esteem Self-esteem is a measure of how valuable you think you are; people with high self-esteem think very highly of themselves, whereas people with low self-esteem view themselves negatively. The basic idea behind building self-esteem is that when you feel good about yourself—about who you are and what you’re capable of doing—you will perform better.

Mmmmmmmm: Emerson College seeks tech-savvy journalism teacher, demands application sent SNAIL MAIL

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Here it is: "Send a cover letter, curriculum vita, and a list of at least three references to : Chair of Journalist-in-Residence Search Committee, Department of Journalism, Emerson College, 120 Boylston St., To me this seems right off the front page of those supermarket tabloids in the 1970s.    The Headline would have read: EMERSON COLLEGE WANTS JOURNALISM PROFESSOR FOR TECHNOLOGY TO APPLY NOT USING TECHNOLOGY.

The Communication Blog: Alexithymia

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 3.08.2011 Alexithymia Most interpersonal communication textbooks list the major emotions, talk about the need to be able to describe what you’re feeling, and provide a variety of terms to describe the basic or primary emotions. It’s part of emotional communication competence.

Guns in Colleges

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 2.20.2011 Guns in Colleges Is this insane or is this insane? Categories: guns and colleges , guns on campus 1 comments: Anonymoussaid.

Emotional Checker

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 12.20.2010 Emotional Checker Take a look at this website for an emotional message checker. Much like a spell checker alerts you to words that are not in the software’s dictionary and that therefore are probably spelled incorrectly, this tone-check reviews your e-mail messages for highly emotional words and alerts you to the possibility that the use of these words might violate the tone you want to use.

Cyberflirting etc

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 12.20.2010 Cyberflirting etc Here is a startling statistic from a survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and reported in The Week magazine (December 17, 2010, p. 8): 20 percent of divorces filed involved cyber flirting and affairs arising from Facebook messages.

$5 Off

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 11.29.2010 $5 Off $5 Off The $5 off coupon and the large percentage reductions provide good examples of media literacy and its relevance to everyday living. Increasingly we see coupons for saving money at the various stores. One such one is Bed Bath & Beyond. The coupon says “$5 off any purchase of $15 or more.&# Not a bad deal or so you’d think.

Facial Attraction

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 10.16.2010 Facial Attraction Heres an interesting article on facial attraction that is likely to stimulate some interesting class discussion. The basic finding is that women who are in their fertile period prefer masculine facial features (George Clooney, rather than Pee Wee Herman--examples from Steven Gangestad, the author of the study).

Online Politeness

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 10.10.2010 Online Politeness Heres an intresting take on politeness (Int. of Virtual Communities and Social Networking, 1(2), 65-84, April-June 2009), a topic we address in our textbooks but never fully enough. Categories: online politeness 2comments: Karen said. I was wondering where the link to the article was? Thanks! 10:48 AM Joesaid. There wasn't a link, just the reference.

Virtual and face-to-face meetings

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 9.26.2010 Virtual and face-to-face meetings Here is a great little interview on virtual meetings and how they differ from the face to face groups that we emphasize in our small group chapters. Among the issues considered are how to dress for videoconferences, how to deal with the delays in teleconferences, and how a presentation in a virtual group should differ from one given in a face-to-face group.

Social Media Warnings

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 9.24.2010 Social Media Warnings Here is a particularly useful set of guidelines for avoiding problems with social media messages. The examples are especially revealing and serve as warnings to all social media users but especially to those looking for a job. As youll see, its all pretty much common sense and yet you see violations every day--and theyre costly.

College and its Benefits

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 9.22.2010 College and its Benefits Heres an interesting article on the value of a college degree--especially appropriate today when there is so much talk about college not necessarily being a good investment. This report shows that college and advanced degrees mean higher income. College also seems associated with a variety of social benefits, tho college is not necessarily the causal factor here.

Accents and Credibility

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 8.30.2010 Accents and Credibility Here is an interesting article that provides some evidence suggesting that messages spoken with an accent are perceived as less credible than messages spoken without an accent. Im wondering, however, if there are occasions when accents increase the perception of credibility.

Interpersonal Communication throughout the World

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 8.09.2010 Interpersonal Communication throughout the World Here again, in the second edition of an interpersonal communication text--the name of which I wont mention since my own books compete with this one--is the claim that the "formal study of interpersonal communication occurs almost exclusively in the United States."

Tweets

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 7.26.2010 Tweets Here are some interesting findings about tweets (reported in the NYTimes 7/25/10, p. 4 Weekend). From an analysis of 300 million tweets, researchers at Harvard and Northeastern University found that morning tweets are happier than those posted in the afternoon. Thursdays tweets seem to be the saddest and Sunday the happiest.

Social Networking Cautions

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 7.06.2010 Social Networking Cautions Heres another reason for being cautious about what you write on your social networking pages. According to Main Street, 81% of the top divorce lawyers (from a survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers) used or faced evidence gathered from social networking pages.

Social Networking and Getting a Job

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 7.02.2010 Social Networking and Getting a Job Heres an article from CareerBuilder that makes a strong case for being cautious about what goes on your Facebook or MySpace site. Their survey reports that 77% of the recruiters run searches of job candidates social network pages and 35% said they rejected a candidate based on the information on a social network page.

Talking about Relationships

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 5.07.2010 Talking about Relationships The cover story in yesterdays AM New York was titled "Oh Boy!" and reports on a Florida Baptist minister, George Alan Rekers, an outspoken anti-gay activist who wants to "cure" homosexuals. Well, it seems, Rekers "solicited a 20-year old male hooker online from the website.then reportedly took his escort for a 10-day romp through Europe last month."

Intercultural communication

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 5.02.2010 Intercultural communication Take a look at "What Not to Say" by Sam Sommers in Psychology Today (June 2010)--it doesnt seem to be online yet; its a different take on intercultural communication from that which appears in most of our textbooks. Along with the article is a sidebar by blogger Kristin J. Anderson who offers some suggestions on intercultural conversations.

Relationships and Relationship Conflict

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 4.24.2010 Relationships and Relationship Conflict If you havent seen it, take a look at Is Marriage Good for Your Health? by Tara Parker-Pope in the New York Times Magazine (April 18, 2010). Among other things, its a clarification of the frequently expressed thought that marriage (its in just about all our interpersonal communication textbooks)--and long-term relationships generally--are good for your health.

Interviewing Mistakes

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 4.14.2010 Interviewing Mistakes Here is a great little article on mistakes to avoid in the employment interview. Categories: Interviewing , interviewing mistakes 0comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Loading.

Romance in the Workplace

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 4.12.2010 Romance in the Workplace Heres an interesting Q&A that updates some of the thinking on office romance. Each of the questions will, I suspect, make for great class discussion. Categories: romance in the workplace , workplace romance 1 comments: Anonymoussaid. This quiz doesn't seem to be available? Can it be posted again?

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Gender Differences

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 4.08.2010 Gender Differences Heres a brief article on gender differences in verbal communication. It can serve as an interesting stimulus for class discussion. Categories: gender differences , verbal communication 0comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Loading.

Free Speech

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 2.17.2010 Free Speech Student’s Facebook Tirade Against Teacher Is Protected Speech | Threat Level | Wired.com Heres an interesting summary of cases involving students and teachers and free speech and would make for an interesting class discussion of what constitutes free speech and what are its limits.

Stopping Unwanted Behavior

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 2.15.2010 Stopping Unwanted Behavior A recent letter to Dear Abby is from a woman whose husband slaps her on the bottom which he refers to as a "love tap" and she as "degrading and frustrating." Although she has told him repeatedly to stop, he doesnt. What to do? The answer to "Dear Soar" was "Its one in which there is a serious communication problem. Hardly a satisfactory answer.

Body Language

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 2.10.2010 Body Language, Dating, and Courtship Just in time for Valentines Day-- suggestions for body language youll want to avoid. Categories: body language 0comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Loading.

Relevant education

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If youd like more information, click on "Authors Vita" for an academic overview. 1.04.2010 Relevant education Heres an interesting article on making education relevant--especially interesting is the comment--last para on page 2--that 89 percent of employers surveyed wanted workers who had "the ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing."

Buzzwords of 2009

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