Personal Communications Paper

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Personal Communications Paper

Over the years, I believe my communication skills have become progressively better. However, my family has very good communication skills, which I believe has placed me a step ahead of my peers in the realm of communication. From a young age, I have been taught to express my feelings and emotions. I have also learned through trial and error which persuasive communication tactics work. In the following paragraphs, I will analyze my verbal and nonverbal communication strengths and weakness, as well as discuss some goals I have for improving my oral communications.

Most of my verbal communication is strong. I normally form sentences that make sense to the person receiving my message. I have also learned tips that have assisted me in tailoring persuasive messages. In working for my father's company as a part-time sales director, I have learned how not to speak to people I am trying to influence.

One of the most valuable techniques I have attained is introducing an opposing argument to my statement, and then refuting that argument with solid evidence or logical reasoning.

Although my verbal communication skills are decent, they aren't perfect. When I become nervous or uncomfortable in a communication transaction, I have a tendency to stutter, use sentence fragments, mumble, and lose my "train-of-thought." I don't become nervous when communicating very often, but like most people, when I do, my messages become very difficult to interpret.

I am not as aware of my nonverbal communication as I am of my verbal communication. I believe this is because nonverbal communication is more involuntary than verbal communication. I assume that my nonverbal communication is sometimes effective because of the feedback I receive. When I am with a date, I will smile at her in a way that lets her know I'm...