Diane Auten is a communications specialist and her gender communication speech discusses the different ways men and women communicate and she applies this to work-situated problems.
She begins her speech by identifying men as linear thinkers. This means that they are very goal-oriented, straightforward in their thinking and want to get to the point immediately. They view most questions as having a yes or no answer.
Women, on the other hand, are more circular in their thinking. They tend to think through things and sharing details before getting to the bottom line.
These differences often lead to misinterpreted channels of communication between men and women in a workplace. Men often become frustrated -- or simply ignore it -- when a woman begins sharing the details and thoughts she is experiencing. On the flip side, women often feel unappreciated or undervalued because of men's tendencies to get to the point in discussions -- something can be easily misinterpreted as insensitive.
Once men and women take a step back to acknowledge these differences, stronger and more effective communication can be achieved.
This gender communication speech raises points that can be applied to both business and intimate relationships.
Gender and Workplace Conversation
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