Interpersonal Communication Project_Derrick Chavis

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Interpersonal Communication Project:

Interpersonal Communication Project Derrick Chavis May 13. 2011 HSER 508 Liberty University

Defining Interpersonal Communication:

Defining Interpersonal Communication

Interpersonal Communication cont.:

Interpersonal Communication cont. An individual’s identity is shaped from their childhood, with the heaviest influence on their identity being their parents. A person’s individuality changes throughout life based on how they were reared, education, work relationships, dating relationships and friendships. Stewart (2009) defines identity as interlocking features that mark how we behave and respond to others, identities are constellations of labels that establish social expectations that we have of ourselves and others. (Stewart, 2009)

Master goal for my life:

Master goal for my life My over reaching goal is to improve communication with all people in my life and become a better listener. This includes parents, kids, wife, co-workers and peers. My focus is to be come more connected in my relationships , therefore making me a better listener and talker. As a man of God, I will allow him to help me as I go through this process. Ephesians 4:29 states, “You must let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but only what is beneficial for the building up of the one in need, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (

Background and Behavioral Blend: Positively:

Background and Behavioral Blend: Positively My behavioral blend consists of D/I/C, it positively affects my communication in the following ways: Ability to inspire others Influencing others easily Sensitive and empathetic Confident A great leader

Background and Behavioral Blend: Negatives:

Background and Behavioral Blend: Negatives In conflict management, I can be like a double edged sword (Carbonell, 2008) during conflict. You can abuse yourself and your closest relationships by being a slave driver or dictator. (Carbonell, 2008) You tend to be softhearted or care deeply for those who bring sorrows on themselves. (Carbonell. 2008)

Potential Barriers:

Potential Barriers Hearing what you want to hear This happens when I hear what I want instead of what is communicated to me. I have this problem when speaking with my wife. The Intellectual Listener: Burley-Allen ( 1995) states this listener listens only with their heads, hearing lonely what they want to hear.

Noise Pollution:

Noise Pollution Noise pollution are distractions that hinder you from listening.  Internal Pollution 1. Biased Listening 2. Hearing what I want to hear 3. Listening with emotions

Noise pollution continued:

Noise pollution continued External Pollution Time pressure, deadlines Work pressures, taking on more than I can handle. Interruptions, phone calls

Plan of action for OAG:

Plan of action for OAG My OAG is to improve communicating with everyone in my life. Spouse Children Clients Employees Co-workers Friends

Plan of action for OAG:

Plan of action for OAG To improve my communication with everyone, I have to improve my listening skills. To listen better I have to practice regularly. I plan to practice listening with a planned purpose. For example, when I meet with my clients at work. I can be more aware prior to the meeting so I can evaluate how I listen better.

Plan of action for OAG:

Plan of action for OAG Continue to pray to God for help in all aspects of my life. Focus more on others and what they are saying, instead of thinking of how to respond to what they say. Remove flat brain syndrome.

Conclusion :

Conclusion In Bridges not walls, Stewart (2009) discussed building identities. In the text Stewart (2009) discussed that when we communicate with another human we are continuously building identities. People are judged by how they look, but once you communicate with them you will learn about the person. Listening as a way to acknowledge someone often increases self-esteem. (Burley-Allen, 2005)


References: Bible. (2011). Retrieved May 10, 2011 from, Burley-Allen, Madelyn. (1995).Listening: The forgotten skill. Wiley: New York. Carbonell, M. (2008). How to solve the people puzzle: Understanding personality patterns. Uniquely You Resources: Georgia. Stewart, J. (2009). Bridges not walls: A book about interpersonal communication. McGraw Hill: New York.

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