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IbelieveIhavefulfilledmygoalsintakingthisclassbecauseIlearneddifferentwaysto

communicatewithpeople.OtherthanlearningaboutthedifferentwaysIcaneffectively

communicatewithothers,Ialsolearnedwaysofbecomingabetterlistener.Takingthisclasshas

thoughtmehowtoexercisecommunicationskillsthatinvestsinpositivecommunication

outcomes.

Takingthisclasshastaughtmehowtospeakmymindandshowedmehowtoexpress

myfeelingsinanaccommodatingmanner.IlearnedthatIcansharethewayIfeelwithsomeone

withoutbeingafraidtovoicemyfeelingsoropinionsinapositiveway.Italsohelpedme

developselfawarenessskillsandcriticalthinkingskills.Ilearnednottakethingssopersonal,

especiallywhenitcomesfromsomeonewhoisjusttryingtogiveconstructivecriticism.Whileit

isnaturaltohaveemotionsandreactions,IlearnedtobeawareofthethingsIsaybythinking

aboutwhatistherightthingtosaybeforereactinginamannerthatwilljustescalatethechances

offailingtosolvetheproblem.

Ihavelearnednewcommunicatingtechniquesbecauseofthisclass.Ilearnedtogive

peopleachancetospeakandtogenuinelylistentothewordsthattheyaresayinginsteadof

thinkingaboutwhatIshouldsaybackorthinkingabouthowIcancontradicttheiranswer.I

reallylikedthebookthatwasassignedtoustoreadMessagesbecauseIfeelthateachchapter

touchedaveryimportantaspectofpositivecommunication.IdevelopedtheIfeel..skillthat

wasmentionedinthebook.IlearnedtousewordslikeIfeelthatyouareupsetbecause.It

soundslikeyourmadbecause.Etc.IreplacedmywordswithyousandIsto

communicatemystatementinawaywherethepersonIamcommunicatingwithdoesntfeel
attackedorbeingaccusedofsomethingthatmaybeuntrue.IfeelthattheItechniquehasbeen

verybeneficialtomeandhaschangedmycommunicationwithothersinapositiveway.

IfeelthatImademanycontributionstoothersinthisclassbybeingrespectfuland

supportivewhensupportorinputwasneeded.Myclassmatescontributedthesamethingstome

aswell.Sharingourcommunicatingweaknessandstoriesandcriticallythinkingabout

alternativesthatcouldreplacenegativecommunicationwasverybeneficialformetohearfrom

myclassmates.Ifeelthatweallequallyparticipatedandthegreatthingaboutthisclasswasthat

therewasntonlyonewaytoproblemsolvewhencommunicating,especiallybecauseweall

learnedaboutthedifferenttypesofcommunicatorswewerebasedonthebookMessages.

Reflectingonmypast,Ididlearnalotfromthisclassandevenlearnedafewthings

aboutthewayIwas.Ilearnedthenotionsofactivelistening.Ilearnedtogivepeopleachanceto

speakandtoactuallybeconsiderateofpeoplesfeelingsinsteadofjustforcefullylisteningso

theywontsayIdontlistenwhichtheforcefullisteningwasdoneunintentionally.Ilearnedthat

inthepastIalwayswantedtoberightandwouldntwanttolistenwhatpeoplehadtosaywhen

itcametocommunicatingaboutaproblemorwouldntcommunicateatallandrefusedtolisten.

Mycommunicatingskillshaveimprovedsomuch.Ifeelthatthisclassmademeopenmyeyes

andhelpedmerecognizeproblemsIhadwithcommunicatingwhenIfeltupset.Iamaveryeasy

goingpersonthatneverhasaproblemcommunicatingandsocializingwithothers,butwhenI

facedconfrontationsorsituationsthatmademefeelnegativeemotions,thatiswhereI

discoveredmyselfhavingweakcommunicationskills.Thisclasswassobeneficialtomebecause

IgottotakeastepbacktolookatmyselfandthewayIhandledsituations.Ithelpedbuild
communicationandactivelisteningskillsandfeelveryproudtobeabletohandlesituations

moresuccessfully.