Situation 1: Communication in Class
The conversation between my friends and I took place on 23rd June 2015 at 10:00 am in our classroom. It was a discussion concerning a topic on economic we had just learned in the previous lesson. My colleague argued that the current economic affairs in the United States were as a result of the last global financial crisis. However, I disagreed with him on the ground that the current economic affairs of the United States are due to the implementation of unsound economic policies.
The participants in the communication, which in this case was my classmate showed the characteristics of a good economic analyst, base on the way he gave his arguments concerning the economic affairs of the United States. Besides, my classmate was well equipped with all relevant information concerning the economic trends of the United States of America.
The relationship between my classmate and I was a cordial and candid; one that revealed a professional interpersonal relationship. From my observation, it was a good form of relationship that led to a successful communication.
During the interpersonal communication, dimensions of feedback and speech acts were used to create a more successful communication. Nonverbal gestures, like shaking the head and giving a smile, were used in a situation where one was to agree with another person’s comment. To make a point clear, an account of the economic affairs of the United States was given as a means of convincing. Similarly, my classmate used reproach to give me advice on how to tackle economic problems in future.
The two strategies used in this interpersonal communication were effective because they took into consideration the participation of my friend and I. In addition, the success of these two strategies was facilitated by manner in which we understood the topic. However, paraphrasing and summarizing statements would have created a more effective interpersonal communication because it would have given a detailed account of the information needed.
Interaction during interpersonal communication usually create a conducive atmosphere for one partner talk and finish and then give a response to the issues the partner has raised. In case the context is allowed into the interaction, then the interpersonal communication will be more interactive.
Scenario 2: Interview on Television
The communication between the presenter and the interviewee who was a security officer took place after the government rolled out a massive security plan for the country. It was aired live on television on 21st June 2015 at the CNN newsrooms. The observation I made from the interview was that it was properly conducted and ended up successful.
The participants in the television were the presenter and an interviewee who displayed a lot of knowledge of good interpersonal skills and mastery of the context they were delivering on television.
A cordial relationship existed between the presenter and I. this was evident from my observation that revealed a good relationship between the presenter and me. Moreover, the presenter used the dimension of feedback to remain neutral and focused on the message that he was passing to the audience during the television interview. However, at one point the presenter became critical of the situation and gave an immediate response on that. Besides, the presenter used opened ended questions to help me understand and analyze the topic further. The second strategy used was the “You” message where the presenter focused on the audience, discussing universal issues in a directive manner while avoiding words that portray negative feelings on an individual (Wood, 15).
The strategies used in this scenario were effective because of the proper control of the audience by the presenter. However, other interpersonal communication strategies like open and closed questions could have been more effective in creating a more interactive and changing interpersonal communication.
Enough contexts are critical in realizing a successful interpersonal communication. Thus, it would be advisable for the news presenter and me to have enough content before the actual interpersonal communication begins. It will create a good interpersonal communication with both parties participating
Wood, Julia. Interpersonal Communication. Everyday encounter 7ed.