I. Communicate with knowledge and using your talents and skills.
a) Define communication and identify elements involved in any communication process.
b) Define the various domains of human communication, intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group and public speaking.
c) Identify barriers to communication and ways to improve one’s own skills; and
d) Discuss the impact that multicultural differences has on communication.
II. Get an understanding of the importance of intrapersonal and interpersonal concepts which account for developing one’s self and the relationships between self and others.
a) Define self-concept, perception, self-image and describe how these issues effect communication.
b) Develop strategies for improving interpersonal relationships.
c) Describe how relationships develop and disintegrate.
d) Describe ways to improve self-esteem.
e) Define and demonstrate an understanding of appropriate self-disclosure.
f) Define and distinguish between empathy and sympathy, thinking and feeling, listening, and hearing.
g) Define and demonstrate an understanding of the different roles that each of us plays.
h) Define and demonstrate processes of conflict management; and
III. Use good listening and responding skills.
a) Demonstrate and employ appropriate listening skills (active, critical, empathic) in family, community, workplace, etc.
b) Demonstrate ability in the use of appropriate feedback and;
c) Demonstrate effective interviewing skills.
IV. Explore the principles of verbal and nonverbal communication.
a) Recognize and discuss the principles and types of nonverbal communication.
b) Discuss and illustrate how the use of language affects communications.
c) Recognize how written and spoken communication styles differ; and
d) Discuss multiculturalism and gender as they impact the way we communicate verbally and nonverbally.
V. Join and participate as a member of a small group and learn how to share ideas.
a) Summarize characteristics of a small group and situations in which a group decision is superior to individual decision-making.
b) Identify group participation roles, skills, and attitudes and their consequences.
c) Distinguish between productive and nonproductive behaviors in a small group.
d) Identify leadership styles and their application to real-world situations; and
e) Demonstrate and discuss understanding of conflict management.
VI. Learn how to arrange and present public speeches that will influence audiences.
a) Discuss, identify, and demonstrate the characteristics of an effective speaker.
b) Develop strategies for building speech confidence.
c) Demonstrate ability to gather support material for speeches, including research and data bases.
d) Identify and apply informative and persuasive speaking strategies.
e) Deliver formal speeches; and
f) Use various types of visual aids.
VII. Study, observe, and listen to great speakers.