The Importance of Listening

In a 500 – 750 word (2-3 page) paper, reflect on a situation in your professional or personal life where poor listening skills created a problem. Briefly describe the situation, then spend the bulk of your reflection analyzing what went wrong in terms of listening and how, specifically, effective listening would have made a difference. Be sure you incorporate terms from the text of effective listening skills as you analyze the situation and suggest ways it could have been improved.

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Scientific Communication

Instructions: Access the Canvas Assignment details to read the assigned consumer-oriented article and the related peer reviewed journal article. Consider also watching the YouTube video posted in the assignment for a 3rd perspective. Respond to the following questions and write your thoughts and ideas (2-5 sentences per question). These ideas will be used to stimulate discussion during your live workshop. Use a graduate level writing style, including full/complete sentences with APA-style citations. This worksheet will be submitted prior to your self-registered live workshop.

  1. Who is the targeted audience for each article?
  2. What is the main take-home message of each article? How do these messages compare?
  3. What do the authors report as “truth” and needs more research?
  4. What biases do you see for each article? (Refer to Davies and Logan (2022) Reading Research: Selection bias, Attrition bias, Measurement bias, Performance bias and/or Reporting bias)
  5. Is the consumer-oriented article an appropriate representation of the findings of the peer-reviewed article, or is the focus too narrow or broad? Provide examples from each article. For example, was one of the incidental findings of the peer-reviewed article blown out of proportion in the consumer-targeted message?
  6. Regarding the peer-reviewed article, is this research important? Why or why not? When choosing a scientific or health study to discuss with patients or clients, consider what’s being contributed to the research field. Does it represent a major advance? Does it change the way people think about a problem? Not all studies are important; if you think this study is not, explain why.
  7. Is the message over-generalized, or applied to a greater population than is reasonable? For example, did the authors conduct the study on a small sample, but the news-media article presents the findings as though they were applicable to all?
  8. Is the research statistically and/or clinically significant? Take care not to overstate the importance of the study. A finding that is statistically significant may not be clinically significant.
  9. What would you share with a client who brought the article to you? How would you respond? Consider Shared Decision Making in your response.

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Effective Communication

The Joint Commission reported that [poor] communication was the root cause of 66% of Sentinel Events between 1995-2005. Examine the communication and collaboration in your workplace. Include these aspects:

The components necessary for effective interpersonal communication.
Discuss the importance of interprofessional collaboration.
Apply components of interpersonal communication to interprofessional collaboration.
Discuss strategies to promote interprofessional collaboration.
Describe effective strategies to build interprofessional teams.

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Enhanced communication

Enhanced communication has allowed for the growth of “networks” of organizations. What are the pros and cons of these new actors on the international stage? Refer to both civil and uncivil networks- use specific examples that are different than the ones mentioned in the lesson notes. Support your responses with references to the course material – be sure to read and reference the articles by Arquilla and Weimann.

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Communication skills

Communication is as much art as science, and like all people, you likely have your personal strengths and weaknesses. With a growth mindset, you can always learn to improve your skills by identifying your challenges and taking steps to overcome them. In this Discussion, you identify your strengths as an online communicator, as well as areas in which you can improve.

To Prepare:

Review Video Interviews With Effective Online Instructors. Consider which communication skills addressed are most important to you, and why. Imagine that you are being interviewed for an online teaching position. You are asked by the interviewer to explain your strengths in online communication, as well as areas that you are actively working to develop.

Post your response to the interview question about your strengths as a communicator and how you are working to develop your communication skills. Share examples that include at least three areas of strength and three areas for growth in online communication. After providing your response, be sure to support your statements by citing from the literature addressing online communication skills.

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Communication

Communication is as much art as science, and like all people, you likely have your personal strengths and weaknesses. With a growth mindset, you can always learn to improve your skills by identifying your challenges and taking steps to overcome them. In this Discussion, you identify your strengths as an online communicator, as well as areas in which you can improve.

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