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Gender Communication

Presented by: Drucker's Half Dozen

Josie Wittwer

on 7 April 2013

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Transcript of Gender Communication

Drucker's Half Dozen Gender Communication Clint Grizovic Tobin Huebner Barry Blevins Kathy Wagoner Penny Rhoads Josie Wittwer Introduction Different genetics Brains develop differently Brains develop at different speeds Different social experiences Changing roles, communication, difficulties What is said, what is heard Traditional Gender
Roles Changing Removal of gender specific obstacles

More women receiving college degrees

Percentage of women in workforce is growing

Increase in stay-at-home fathers (Reece, Brandt and Howie; Effective Human Relations, 2011) (Leavell, Mendell, Sigmar; Review of Business Research Journal, 2012) Effects of Gender Role Changes Increase in number of lawsuits against companies

Restructuring of company benefits and policies

Affecting marital satisfaction

Unfair stigma due to role changes Less networking in community
Less involved with activities outside of the home
Fewer volunteers in community
Less interaction with other stay-at-home parents (Perrone, Wright and Jackson; Journal for Career Development, 2009) Challenges & Opportunities Flex-Time

Compressed Workweek

Other Options:
Job Sharing
Work from Home
ROWE The Communication Model Gender Communication Characteristics Focus on status
Talk about things
Focus on facts, reasons, logic
Thrive on competition
“Know” by analyzing and figuring out Male Focus on relationships
Talk about people
Focus on feelings, senses, meaning
Thrive on harmony
“Know” by intuiting Female Gender Communication Characteristics More Assertive
At ease with order, rules, structure
Immediately want to work on project
Want to think Male More cooperative
Smooth and flowing
Tend to ask questions starting a project
Want to feel Female Oral Communication Differences Providing feedback
Men do not require feedback
Women use feedback to adjust
Giving direction
Men are direct; results motivated
Women are indirect; relationship motivated Asking Questions Men ask questions to:
Gather information
Women ask questions to:
Cultivate relationships
Verify what they already know
Introduce another viewpoint Men are afraid to ask... Sign of weakness Women are glad to ask... Get the answer and move forward Gender Differences in Written Communication Changing gender roles and effects of changes

Challenges/opportunities for working men/women

Gender communication characteristics

Oral communication differences

Gender differences in written messages Presentation Outline Polite
Lengthier and more detailed
Supportive in tone Assertive
Unapologetic (Susan Herring, E-Mail Can Reveal Gender) Men Jokes and politics Women Catch up with friends and family
Social arrangements (Barrett and Davidson, Gender and Communication at Work) We are different, in all aspects
Management process
Decision Making
How we relax
Embrace and respect differences Summary “To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” Tony Robbins, Life Success Coach and Self-Help Author Women Men 4/10 Flex Time 9/80 Job Sharing Embrace Communication Differences Give others the benefit
Perceive what influences their communication style
Avoid jumping to conclusions
Learn from experience The different communication styles between the genders are: Strengths to be recognized
Strengths to be utilized
Strengths to model in our own communication
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