One of the most frustrating challenges at work is communication apprehension. However, there are ways to overcome this challenge.

Communication Apprehension Discussion 1
One of the most frustrating challenges at work is communication apprehension. However, there are ways to overcome this challenge.
Prepare Icon Prepare: As you prepare to write this discussion post, take a few moments to do the following:

  • Read the writing prompt below in its entirety. Notice that there are three tasks to complete:
    • Identify one or two forms of communication apprehension you have experienced on the job.
    • Explain at least two strategies to overcome the communication apprehension.
    • Discuss the role of communication in being a professional.
  • Review your notes on Chapter 5: Developing Confidence: Coping with Insecurities about Interpersonal Communication.
  • Read Chapter 6: Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace.
  • Review the Save icon grading rubric.
Reflect Icon Reflect: Take time to reflect on a specific experience you had in the workplace where you faced the challenge of communication apprehension. Think about how to overcome this challenge. What changes can you make to improve how you communicate at work? Reflect on communication as both the problem and solution.
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  • Describe a time you found yourself in a situation where you faced a specific form of communication apprehension in the workplace described by Bevan and Sole. Be sure to explain the apprehension itself and how you experienced it. If your work experience is limited, consider a time when you were working with others in a different context, such as school or a club.
  • Based on what you have learned from class this week, explain some specific strategies you can use to overcome the communication apprehension(s) you listed and make yourself a more competent communicator.
  • Use the text to discuss the role of communication in being a professional.

Thoroughly address all three elements of this prompt by writing at least two to three sentences on each element. Use the course readings at least once to help you make your points. Consider copying and pasting these tasks into a word file and addressing each of them separately.

Your initial response should be 200 to 300 words in length

 

Self-Disclosure on Social Networking Websites Discussion 2
Summarize different models of self-disclosure and their uses in interpersonal communication to strengthen, distance, or manage relationships.

In Bevan and Sole (2014), Chapter 7 addresses the concept of “self-disclosure” and links its relationship formation and psychological health. In this discussion, you will take on the importance, and potential risk, of disclosing information on social network sites.

Prepare Icon Prepare: As you prepare to write this discussion post, take a few moments to do the following:

Reflect Icon Reflect: Take time to reflect on what you deem to be the role of self-disclosure and how norms of when it is appropriate can change over time or in various contexts.
Write Icon Write: Based on what you have learned in class this week, address the following:

  • Why is self-disclosure important in both forming bonds and becoming more self-aware?
  • Where and when should social disclosure occur?
  • Share an experience you have had, or heard about, that involved self-disclosure on social networking websites. Relate your experience to what you have learned in class this week about social penetration theory or other aspects of communication.

Thoroughly address all three elements of this prompt by writing at least two to three sentences on each element. Use the course readings at least once to help you make your points. Consider copying and pasting these tasks into a word file and addressing each of them separately.

Your initial response should be 200 to 300 words in length

Required Resources

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  • Bevan, J. L., & Sole, K. (2014). Making connections: Understanding interpersonal communication (2nd ed.) [Electronic version]. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu/
    • Chapter 5: Developing Confidence: Coping with Insecurities about Interpersonal Communication
      • Review notes you have taken in Week Two.
    • Chapter 6: Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace
    • Chapter 7: Beginning Interpersonal Relationships

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    • Jung, H. Y., & McCroskey, J. (2004). Communication apprehension in a first language and self-perceived competence as predictors of communication apprehension in a second language: A study of speakers of English as a second language. Communication Quarterly, 52(2), 170-181.
      • The full-text version of this article can be accessed through the Communication & Mass Media Complete (EBSCOhost) database in the Ashford University Library. This article examines how communication apprehension unfolds among English as a Second Language (ESL) speakers in the United States and whether or not there is a genetic explanation for variation in how ESL communicators experience apprehension. The research illustrates the importance of overcoming various apprehensions in order to achieve communicative goals.
    • Mottet, T. P. (2000). The role of sexual orientation in predicting outcome value and anticipated communication behaviors. Communication Quarterly, 48(3), 223-239.
      • The full-text version of this article can be accessed through the Communication & Mass Media Complete (EBSCOhost) database in the Ashford University Library. This article analyzes the role of perceived sexual orientation and its prediction about how much they will gain from the relationship. It found that if one knew another person’s sexual orientation, they had a more negative prediction of their satisfaction. Reading this essay will help students understand the importance of appropriate self-disclosure and how disclosure can create both connections and divisions.