Begin this assessment by watching or listening (or both) to people in a public space. Look for examples of gendered verbal and nonverbal communication. Remember as you observe that men may engage in feminine verbal and nonverbal communication, and women may engage in masculine verbal and nonverbal communication. Note your observations.
Then, write an analysis of the gendered dimensions of verbal and nonverbal communication that you observe in a public space. Consider the following in your analysis:
- Did men and women tend to follow traditional expectations for nonverbal communication? Explain.
- Did men and women tend to follow traditional expectations for verbal communication? Explain.
- Did you notice any other patterns in your observations (verbal or nonverbal [or both])? Explain.
- Did anyone violate a nonverbal expectation? Explain. What was the response to the violation?
- Written communication: Written communication should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
- APA formatting: Resources and in-text citations should be formatted according to APA (6th edition) style and formatting.
- Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point, double-spaced. Use Microsoft Word.
- Number of resources: 4 or more.
- Length: 3 4 pages.
Questions To Consider
To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.
For the following questions, refer to the Resources for links to the Lieberman resource and the Barr resource:
- How do women and men differ in their typical use of nonverbal communication to regulate interaction?
- What is the cause of men’s typically lower vocal pitch? Is it physiology?
- How accurately do women and men interpret others’ emotions?
- Who generally talk more, women or men?
- How do childhood games affect adult communication styles?
- What is conversational maintenance work and who generally does it?
Barr, K. R. (2013). Male and female communication styles [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.livestrong.com/article/188130-male-and-female-communication/
Lieberman, S. (n.d.). Differences in male and female communication styles. Retrieved from http://www.simmalieberman.com/articles/maleandfemale.html