Differences in Communication

Essay by simplyjewelsCollege, UndergraduateA+, October 2009

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Men and women respond differently on the same subject. I think that some communication is best handled by women. Mothers and daughters, for instance, share certain “womanly things.” Daddy’s usually don’t know anything about the “bra” size to buy their daughters…moms do! Men and women look from different perspectives often. Given the same subject, for example, jokes, complaints, and criticism, men and women's response is far different from one another. It would be easy to generalize and say that women tend to be more emotional, while men are more macho, preferring to praise other men more quickly.

While there are some obvious differences that may very well be related to gender, the real reason for a difference is not necessarily gender-related, but the way people talk and think. A woman in a lower position in a corporation would talk differently, especially to her boss, than would a supervisor talk to his or even her employees.

CEOs talk differently to CFOs or other CEOs than they would to mid-level managers or security analysts. What is important to remember in discussing gender differences in communication styles is that women, until very recently, faced both a glass ceiling in business and a "second-sex" approach in social relationships. Consider the resistance many workers had to Affirmative Action, which gave women more opportunities to advance. Sometimes this was done at the expense of a man who had similar seniority and skills. How does a male employee talk to a female boss? Is it different than if the boss were male? At a board meeting, are female directors or company presidents talked to, or even listened to, differently than their male counterparts?Here's another look at the "second sex." Our parents' marriage vows probably contained the phrase "to love, honor, and obey" for the bride. Today,