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Myself as a Communicator Part 2

Myself as a Communicator Part Two

Hannah Kuhnhausen

Salt Lake Community College

Introduction

For this part of the assignment, I interviewed my best friend, Bethany, dad, Steve, and boyfriend, Danny. These are some of the closest people in my life, however they have known me at very different stages and in different environments so I hoped they could give me a broad sense of my communication skills. My biggest take away from this assignment is that I am a good communicator in aspects that I have recognized myself, however I can work on a few things to make myself even better.

Articulating needs, opinions, views, or concerns

All three of the people I interviewed agreed that I am great at communicating my opinions and views, however I struggle with communicating my needs. My best friend, Bethany Katz, expressed that I am often unsure of my needs so it is hard for me to express them (B. Katz, personal communication, February 1 2019). My father, Steve Kuhnhausen, remarked that when it comes to communicating my opinions, I am not very subtle (S. Kuhnhausen, personal communication, February 2 2019). However, my boyfriend, Danny Uribe, stated “You are great at communicating your opinions and views when you find them interesting,” (D. Uribe, personal communication, February 4 2019).

These statements mirror how I perceive myself. I often feel strongly about my opinions and views and I express them often. It makes me feel great that my perception matches the way others see me, but I know there are things I can work on. I would like to be better at expressing my needs and learn how to communicate them clearly.

Listening

My father had a lot to say about my listening skills. Kuhnhausen stated that I am a decent listener, but a better talker. He said that when I am listening I interject my own opinions, and when I am finished I listen better. Uribe said that I am better than most at listening, I tend to remember details and recall them in conversation. Katz expressed that I am good at listening and understanding whether an opinion or just an ear is wanted by the person communicating.

These things also mirror my perceptions. I had stated “I use small details like repeating back what the person had said and using eye contact in order to show that I am really listening,” in my first paper. I was surprised to hear that I interject, it isn’t something I would have noticed without it being pointed out. That is definitely something I can work on.

Nonverbal communication

Two of my interviewees, Katz and Uribe, agreed that I am a big eye roller. They also said that I use a lot of nonverbal communication, such as facial expression and eye contact. Katz stated that I am very emotional with my face so if my verbal communication does not match it’s easy to tell

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I am not being honest. Kuhnhausen stated that I am very warm with my nonverbal communication. Uribe said “You use body language more than anyone I’ve ever met!”

I found it interesting that my interviewees noted how much body language I tend to use. I had noted my eye rolling and know that it is something I can work on. Most of my perceptions were the same with this question, which feels positive.

Communication strengths

Kuhnhausen feels that I am a very good communicator, and that I can articulate what I am saying clearly. He also feels I can be critical and serious without being rude. Uribe believes I am good at telling others what to do, as well as great at customer service communication. Katz felt I communicate in an informative and factual way.

My perceptions were a little different here, I believe I am very empathetic and none of my interviewees mentioned that. However, they agreed with me that I can articulate things clearly. I think I can work on being a better listener, however I am glad they all felt I am a good communicator.

Communication weaknesses

Uribe stated that sometimes I can be too forward or blunt in my communication. Katz noted my eye rolling, again. Kuhnhausen said that I need to take a breath sometimes, and pause before I continue.

Eye rolling seems to be a common theme here, and one I really need to work on and address in order to better my communication. I am aware I tend to speak very fast, and my pace means that I need to slow down and take a breath like my father said. I also am surprised no one mentioned my tone, I felt like this is a problem I can work on.

Having a conversation with me

Katz, being my best friend who lives on the other side of the country, only gets to communicate with me via telephone. She stated that our conversations balance well between listening and speaking. Katz said that I am engaging and easy to talk to. Uribe said that our conversations always flow well, and that I am informative and easy to talk to. Kuhnhausen stated that having a conversation with me is good, once I begin listening.

My perceptions of conversations with me seem to match what my interviewees had to say. I feel that it is easy, and the conversations I carry tend to flow well. I feel that I listen well and try to really understand who I am talking to and what they have to say. However, I will be working on listening even more and not rolling my eyes as much.

Summary

This assignment has reinforced a lot of my perceptions of how I communicate. I am very self-aware of how I come across to others in conversation, and I am glad to know that overall I am a good communicator. I am excited to know more about myself in this aspect, and to learn what I do well in order to master those skills.

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There are things I can work on, such as not rolling my eyes and allowing others to speak before I interject my opinions. I will work on these things in conversation, and hope to become a better communicator in the future.