Communication Reflection Analysis

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When we communicate, we do so at various levels of difficulty. To effectively communicate, we must move up and down the ladder of abstraction. In daily communication, there are two levels of abstraction, low-level and high-level. These abstractions describe how specific our sentences and phrases are. Low-level abstractions are specific, concrete statements that refer directly to objects or events that can be observed. An excellent time to use a low-level abstraction at Menards is during a work meeting. In our work meetings, problems, issues, and guests’ relations that happened during the month are discussed in grand detail. At times, these meetings can be dragged along for extended periods of time, especially if employees do not learn from…show more content…
In other words, one’s body language and mannerisms can completely disclose what that individual is thinking. Think about that the next time you try to lie to somebody. You can speak without even speaking. In one of my most recent interactions at work, nonverbal language played a crucial role in a situation. Currently, I am taking an anti-inflammatory prescription due to an ear infection. This medication causes hot flashes and lack of energy. On this day, I began to feel bad enough that I became weak, hunched over, and had difficulty breathing. One coworker, Jim, noticed my behavior, took one look at me, cocked his head to the side and came to my rescue. Jim helped me sit down so that I would not pass out. Due to my zombie like body language and his head cocked, we both knew what was going on in each other’s minds before any words were spoken. These gestures, in my opinion sped up our communication process completely and could be beneficial in a life or death situation. Under these circumstances nonverbal messages were more important because I could not communicate verbally at the time. The nonverbal messages that I am describing are appearance, posture, and movement. My pale face and heavy breathing affected the way I looked or my appearance. This nonverbal language got Jim’s attention in the first place. By Jim cocking his head and changing the way he was standing, Jim demonstrated posture and movement nonverbal language. He communicated back to me, nonverbally, his concern for my safety. Lastly, my hunching over completely affected my posture. This nonverbal language expression communicated to Jim the severity of my condition, causing him to react and come to my

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