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Chapter 11. What is Effective Communicat... > Exercise 1: How Well do You Express ...

Exercise 1: How Well do You Express Yourself?

How you express yourself has an incredible impact on your professional relationships. The examples below will help you assess how effective you are in achieving effective communication. Read each of the following statements and check the appropriate column.

Examples Very descriptive of me Somewhat descriptive of me Not descriptive of me
1. In conversations with my boss, my words generally do not come out the way I want them to. ______ ______ ______
2. When I am trying to explain something, others have a tendency to put words in my mouth. ______ ______ ______
3. I usually assume my boss knows what I am trying to say without my explaining it. ______ ______ ______
4. It is difficult to express my ideas if they are different from the ideas of my boss. ______ ______ ______
5. In conversations with my boss, I do not try to be empathetic. ______ ______ ______
6. I generally talk more than my supervisor. ______ ______ ______
7. I find it difficult to express myself to my boss when I am angry. ______ ______ ______
8. I am unaware of how my tone of voice affects others. ______ ______ ______
9. I sometimes say things that hurt others or create conflict. ______ ______ ______
10. I do not disagree with my boss because I am afraid s/he will get angry. ______ ______ ______
11. I find it uncomfortable to compliment others. ______ ______ ______
12. When a problem arises between me and my manager, I cannot discuss it without becoming angry. ______ ______ ______
13. I do not try to use words that my manager will understand. ______ ______ ______
14. I ramble when I try to explain something. ______ ______ ______



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