My progression in this class has honestly not been that much. I feel that for the most part my speeches have remained the same as before this class.
This class showed me that I am a better speaker when it s based on a subject I know a lot about. I however still get nervous when having to do a speech, and I credit this mostly to fear of messing up in front of a crowd. I realized through this class that I do not have a problem with meeting time requirements though I did have to slow down my speech a little as to properly fill the time and to allow for better understanding.
One of my biggest communication challenges is in with dealing with people that have a closed mind, superior attitudes, cannot take constructive criticism and think that because they read a book, magazine or saw something online that it makes them an expert in that particular area. Trying to have an informed and intelligent conversation with individuals that have those traits is a difficult task in person and attempting to do so is almost impossible.
For skills progression in small groups I wouldn’t say I approved any, as I am use to using forums on a day-to-day basis so the forum like discussion was nothing new to me.
With regard to non-verbal communications, this course focused on western views. I believe it should have ventured out to the Far East and Europe. I believe this because some non-verbal communication is fine in the eyes of western viewers but viewers from the Far East may find it very offensive.
I feel like my understanding of communication diversity with regard to gender and ethnicity has only been justified and reinforced. I grew up in the NE corner of Florida where the social-economic factor as well as generational, gender and ethnic diversity played a vital role in communications. If you were perceived as being disrespectful in the way you communicated with people, you would get an immediate lesson on what was socially acceptable.
Living in a different society forces you to