SPD 120 Interpersonal Communication Term Project – Kiser
This term project asks you to apply the concepts and theories from this course to your own interpersonal communication experience. First, you will describe major influences on your communication style. Then you will pick two communication contexts/situations and describe your strengths and weaknesses in those areas and devise strategies, based on course materials, to address two of your most important weaknesses. The last part of the project asks you put these plan into effect, keep a journal of your experiences, and write up the results.
Step 1 – General Description of your interpersonal communication style
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Focus on those skills that are most relevant to your strengths and weaknesses. c. Give concrete examples of situations that illustrate your points. Describe some of the situations you were actually involved in, and where you think you were a very good communicator and/or a poor communicator. The information you provide in your papers will be held in the strictest of confidence, so please be open and honest.
This section should be 3-4 pages long. It is due _______________________
Step 3 – Developing strategies for improving communication.
For each weakness you’ve discussed, create a strategy for changing your behavior based on concepts and theories from this class. You must give a behavioral description of what’s occurring (or refer to one discussed in the previous section), create a plan of how your will change your behavior when faced with this situation, and justify it by explaining the theories/concepts that your plan is based on. For example: Weakness
"As I described more fully previously, I get really defensive and even yell at my girlfriend when she criticizes the way I express my feelings toward her." (Behavioral description) "I will use empathic listening skills (concentrate fully on what she is saying, try to put myself in her place and imagine how she feels, and respond with non-evaluative feedback to her. Also, I will try to identify why she feels that way about me." I believe that my action plan will help me improve my communication with my girlfriend because empathic listening aims at understanding the other person's feelings as she is experiencing them. At the same time, if I am not evaluative when responding to her, I should be able to create a more supportive communication climate. With these skills, I will be able to communicate with her more effectively, since I can understand her feelings better from now
This section should be 2-3 pages long. It is due _______________________
Step 4 - Putting the plans into action and discussing results
Implement your behavior changes for at least 1 ½ weeks. Keep a journal either on Angel or manually. You will be required to turn this journal in or have it available online. (No journal will be accepted of posts made at one time.) Discuss what happened and why you think it happened. Were you able to implement your behavior...