Week 4 Discussion

Heath Nicholson

In organizations you have been part of, what communication have you experienced that was particularly effective – be specific. What was the communication and how did it persuade you?

Last semester I joined Beta Upsilon Sigma (B.U.S.). B.U.S. is a student organization that was created to provide students like myself experience in a few areas we might be seeing in our careers, as well as a lot of other great volunteer opportunities. We communicate in several ways, such as a presentation to the entire organization or a mass email.  In my opinion, the most effective means of communication is interpersonal communication. Not only does interpersonal communication allows the sender to tailor a much more specific message to the receiver; but the sender can consider the receiver’s feedback to adjust her/his message while sending it. The best example I can think of for this situation is the always reliable guilt trip. Although I help people out when I can, I find myself giving into a guilt trip via interpersonal communication much more often than I am persuaded by an email or a presentation.


Week 4 Discussion Question

Breanna I

I am a part of the Blugold Marching Band (BMB) and have been for four years now.  It has been quite an experience to be a part of this group.  Communication within the group can be complicated because each individual person has their own positions on the field.  No two people have the same spot on the field.  So three hundred unique drill position to learn for a 10 minute show so quite an accomplishment.  I think the most effective part of our communication occurs during our preseason camp.  We all meet for a week before the beginning of the school to quickly put together a show.  Our communication during this week works so well because we all want to be their and their is a great atmosphere that encourages everyone to participate.  This group is task oriented but I personally feel that it is a social group in my opinion.  The social aspect and the atmosphere and people that are in this group are the reason I love being a part of the BMB.


Week 4 Discussion

In organizations you have been part of, what communication have you experienced that was particularly effective – be specific. What was the communication and how did it persuade you?

A few years ago I was a member of the Chippewa Valley Girls Choir.  The point of being in the choir was to learn how to blend with the other voices in the group in order to become one voice in the music.  Much like it states on U.S. currency: E Pluribus Unum.  In order to achieve that end our director had us go through the octaves and practice each song until we had it pitch perfect.  That took months of us meeting in two hour sessions two or three days a week.  The meetings encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone and try something new.  I made quite a few friends there.  I think that it was just being a member of a Social group which was doing something that I once enjoyed that persuaded me to continue the association for as long as I did.  Music is a form of art and very few are perfect right out of the gate.


Week 4 Discussion

Rochelle M

I joined UWEC’s WisPIRG Energy Service Corps a few semesters ago and had surprisingly great communication with the group for it being on campus. Our group met once a week on campus and we were all constantly emailing each other to keep in the loop.

I would say we were a “Social group” with a  purpose to educate and engage communities around energy efficiency.

We stayed in close communication with the entire group. We were either working on projects together or meeting about a new project we would like to accomplish together. The group wasn’t very big only consisting of maybe 10 members.

What I find was effective though through our communication was how informed we all were. By having meetings and sending emails about our meeting and about our new projects, everyone was aware of what was happening or going to be happening. Also because of our great communication it drove me to continue on with the group. We’ve all been in a group where there is horrible communication and you can’t get out fast enough. But with good communication throughout the group we all were connected and involved, which kept us motivated.

Week 3 Discussion

by Heath Nicholson

How do groups communicate verbally and nonverbally?

Whether it be a for sports, a school project, or simply going out to dinner we have all been a part of a group. In groups we communicate both verbally and nonverbally. Verbal communication can be defined as using spoken or written words to send a message. In nonverbal communication, messages are sent by eye contact, gestures, and other forms of body language. The picture below shows a group of students using verbal and nonverbal communication to complete a project.

Verbally, this group is communicating by way of their computers, notebooks, and conversation. While this is going on, they are communicating nonverbally as well. The girl with her head down may be suggesting that they continue to work rather than chat. The man on the left is pointing to his paper and without saying a word, he has communicated that he has a question. While the nonverbal communication in this group may not be as important as another group, say the Green Bay Packers, it is still an efficient way of communication.

Week 3 Discussion

By: Shelly F.

How do groups communicate verbally and non-verbally?

Verbal communication- written, spoken, or signed messages sent directly to the members of a group.  An example of this would be a group discussion or family meeting.  Non-verbal communication- symbols or signs sent unconsciously through personal demeanor to the rest of the group.  The brunette in the photograph above is curious because she is trying to read a card over the shoulder of the other lady.  Another example of this would go as follows:

Tom, a member of a political study group, walks up to the rest of his group and begins talking about the topic that the group is researching.  As he speaks the group notices a few things.  He is slurring his speech, his eyes are bloodshot, he sways while he speaks, he has some difficulty keeping his eyes open, and he keeps wincing when someone speaks loudly.  Conclusion: either Tom has a hangover or he hasn’t slept in a few days.









(I am responsible for the first image.  The second image was courtesy of http://article.wn.com/view/2012/06/22/Adult_Swim_Comic_Con_Panels_Include_Robot_Chicken_NTSFSDSUV_/.)

Week 3 Discussion

Rochelle Miller

How do groups communicate verbally and non-verbally?

First i’d like to define

Verbal communication- is a form involving words, spoken, written or signed.
Nonverbal communication – includes body language, like gestures, facial expressions, eye contact and posture.

For example in this photo I took at a water park shows a lot of non-verbal communication going on. Not to mention all the verbal communication a.k.a yelling and screaming.

Non-verbally you can see the young girl to the left holding onto the women’s hand screaming and running away. We can see without being there that she is trying to get out-of-the-way of the huge wave coming. Which is a another good example of non-verbal communication that she determined; she could tell the wave was aggressive and fast by hearing and seeing the reactions of the people in-front of her.

Groups like this at a water park consisting of people who most-likely do not know each other and they have a lot of verbal and non-verbal communication happening between them.

You can determine how scary a ride is by looking at the faces of the riders as you walk by the attractions. You can hear people screaming because of rides or even at each other in the parking lot.

I believe this is a good example of Verbal and Non-verbal communication because it makes you step back and realize how many “conversations” you may be having throughout a day.