Review the work you completed for the Nonverbal Listening Patterns exercise. Write a 500–800 word essay on your experience with this exercise, discussing the following points:
• The steps you took to complete the Nonverbal Listening Patterns exercise
• What you learned about your own interpersonal communication behaviors or skills
• The steps you can take to improve or maintain each behavior or skill Process Step 1:
Write from your point of view using the pronoun I. Use the past tense for your verbs since you’re reporting on what has already occurred. Your first paragraph should summarize information about the exercise—the identity of the two people (supervisor, friend, relative, etc.), how well you know each person, where the exercise took place, when it occurred, and how long it took to complete it. Also, give the main topic of each conversation In your second paragraph, describe specific examples of your nonverbal listening behavior for posture, eye contact, gestures, and facial expressions with one of the people. (Be sure to indicate how comfortable you felt with that person.) Explain and analyze why you behaved in these ways during the conversation. Was your behavior appropriate for that conversation given what you have learned about proper communication skills? Why or why not? In your third paragraph, provide the same type of discussion, but with the second person. In your fourth paragraph, continue by discussing at least three nonverbal listening behaviors or skills that you discovered about yourself during these conversations. You may discuss your weak skills, your strong skills, or a combination of the two. Since this essay is a self-analysis of your skills, you’ll want to identify both your weak and your strong points. With each skill you describe, also explain how you intend to improve the weaker skills and maintain the stronger skills that you identified in the previous paragraph. Exactly what can you do to make and keep your nonverbal listening behaviors effective? Also, discuss how you can determine your status and progress toward improvement. In your final paragraph, discuss your reaction to the activity and analyze your nonverbal listening behaviors. Summarize the insights you’ve gained about your communication skills. Step 2: Read your essay aloud and listen for areas where you may have missed some words or your sentences are awkwardly constructed. You may want to ask someone to read it to you exactly as you have written it. Listen for clear, logical flow of your ideas and discussion. Edit your essay carefully according to the standard conventions for academic compositions: coherent paragraph development, varied sentence structure, correct grammar, word usage, spelling, and punctuation. Remember to use the pronouns I, me, and my, since you’re writing about your own experience from your point of view. Also, use the past tense for your verbs.