You will prepare and submit a term paper on Nonverbal Communication. Your paper should be a minimum of 1500 words in length. The subject of discussion is one of the course module’s project requirements which necessitate conducting research based on designing a questionnaire for a survey. Since I would be doing the observation and listening analysis, I exhibited the kind of behavior that initiated the needed conversation and at the same time, ensured that proper listening techniques are applied.
The subject of the discussion appears to be interesting to all peers given that the project is important as it forms a major part of the students’ final grade. The female peers were more conversant and expressive of their anxieties for the project. The male members were intently listening. yet, intermittently responding to the conversation. However, since all were holding their respective smartphones, these gadgets seemed to serve as tools of distractions to effective listening. The evidence of distracted listening patterns are: (1) asking peers to repeat what was said. (2) responding erroneously. (3) not responding at well when asked. (4) appearing to listen when in fact, it was evident that the person was fully intent on personal endeavors using the smartphone. I am also guilty of using the smartphone during the conversation. At one point in time, there was a joke that was relayed by the male peer and I totally did not hear. as such, I had to ask the female peer who I was seated next to and asked her to repeat what was said.
From what I have observed, it appears that the type of listener does not depend on the gender alone. but on other factors. Since male peers exhibited lesser behavior in actual verbal communication, it could appear that they are more into listening. However, it was evident that since they were looking at their smartphones and doing some personal applications, the fact is that male peers exhibited equal skills in listening, as similarly exhibited by their female counterparts. One strongly believes that the type of listener exhibits different degrees and levels of intent listening depending on the enthusiasm on the subject matter. the number of members in the group. and the need to respond.