So far, I have gained a lot of knowledge when it comes to communication. I am only in week three, but feel I have gotten a great introduction to the world of communication. I did not think I would enjoy this course--I am somewhat shy and communicating with others is a work in progress--but I am really enjoying this course. I see what I need to work on and what I am good at (in terms of communicating).
I do find myself communicating differently with people from different groups/cultures. I think we all do to some extent. When I talk with someone of a different sexual orientation I am more aware of what I say. I try to stay neutral in topic--as not to offend anyone. Same thing for different races. I am more aware of what I say because offending someone unintentionally would really hurt myself and others. When I go back to work, I am going to listen to my preschool families and co-workers. I am going to see if they change their type of communication when speaking with other cultures and groups.
Three strategies to help me communicate more effectively:
Becoming more aware of the different cultures and their communication strategies.
Don't assume communication styles based on appearance.
Truly listen to the person without assumptions or bias. You can learn a lot about communication when you truly listen.