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Lecture 5 - Male and Female Communication

by: Leslie Ogu

Lecture 5 - Male and Female Communication COMM 1041

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Males and females differ in the way they communicate. Understanding these differences will help uncover why there may be disconnect and how each gender reacts in certain situations. Some of these d...
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Dona Louise Coultice-Christian
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Interpersonal, communication, Nonverbal, body, orientation, arguments, apologize, giving, complements, problem, solving, getting, your, way, chatterbox, difference, interrupting, Email, indirect, direct, Physical, space, eye, contact, enables, conversation, stress, yell, cry, cues
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Date Created: 09/14/16
Leslie Ogu COMM 1041  09/13/2016 ­ ​Male and Female Communication    Question of the Day  The best thing about being a ______________ (pick the sex opposite from  yours) is ___________________.    Homework  ● Read Chapter 3.  ● Complete the Jung Typology Test and bring in your letters and numbers  (​ ​   ● Diversity article abstract due today  ● Movie scene needs to be selected  ● Thursday’s student’s: Ashley and Jared    Watched YouTube clip: It’s Not About the Nail    Theories About the Differences  ● Authors Who Discuss This:  ○ Tanner  ○ John Gray (​Men are from Mars, Wom ​ en are from Venus)  ○ Burman (nature v. nurture)  ● Masculine and Feminine Communication Styles  ● Biological Difference:​ the nature side of the argument  ● Socialization:​ the nurture side of the argument (how we argue)  ● Social Power:​ our societal roles affect the way we communicate    Primary Difference(s)  ● Men engage in ​report talk  ○ They are way more focused on problem­solving, determining the issues,  discussing issues, statistics  ○ Also, in terms of communication​:  ■ Use it as an instrumental tool  ■ Are clear  ■ Make broad, sweeping gestures  ■ Use more physical space  ■ Use fewer facial expressions (smile less)  ■ Enter other's’ personal space but don’t touch  ■ Stare at the opposite side in negative interactions  ■ Touch in playful interactions  ■ Move around when uncomfortable  ■ Rarely talk about personal lives  ■ Tend to change topics frequently  ■ Gossip about sports and media, not people they know  ■ Think big picture  ■ Stay on the surface of topics (broad, not deep)  ■ More direct  ■ Have trouble apologizing  ■ More assertive and authoritative  ■ Use communication to gain control of conversation  ■ Tend to be louder  ■ Use less tone variation (about 3 tones)  ■ Use volume  ■ Interrupt more  ■ Engage in concurrent speaking (constantly interrupting to gain  control of conversation)  ■ Offer solutions and do not ask for help  ■ Talks tend to be task­oriented  ■ Yell to release stress  ■ Talking defines a relationship  ■ Miss conversational cues  ■ Establish a conversation  ● Women engage in ​rapport talk  ○ They want life to be in balance  ○ When things are perceived as unbalanced, they will communicate in a way  to restore balance  ○ Also, in terms of communication:  ■ Use it as an expressive tool  ■ More questions and taglines  ■ More inwardly directed gestures  ■ Take up less physical space  ■ More facial expressions (smile more)  ■ Lean in more but don’t invade personal space  ■ Look away during negative interactions  ■ Use contact to connect  ■ Stay still when uncomfortable  ■ Talk about personal lives  ■ Change topic less often  ■ Gossip about people they know  ■ Think more about details  ■ Narrow but deep focus  ■ More indirect  ■ Apologize more  ■ More tentative and questioning  ■ Communicate to support  ■ Tend to be quieter  ■ More tonal variation  ■ Get softer to emphasize  ■ Interrupt to agree  ■ Don’t use concurrent speaking  ■ Talk through to solution  ■ Relationship­oriented  ■ Cry to relieve stress  ■ Talking is a relationship  ■ More in tune with underlying message  ■ Don’t dominate conversation    Top 10 Ways Men and Women Are Different  10. Nonverbal Communication  9. Body Orientation  8. Arguments  7. Apologize  6. Giving compliments  5. Problem Solving  4. Getting Your Way  3. Chatterbox (** Hint: No real difference **)  2. Interrupting   1. Email 


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