Unit 1: Assignment – Professional Communication Strengths Inventory

Unit 1: Assignment – Professional Communication Strengths Inventory

    • Due Sunday by 11:59pm
    • Points 35
    • Submitting a text entry box or a file upload

Introduction

Employers looks for both hard skills (knowledge, abilities, skill set) and soft skills when hiring employees.  Soft skills are personal characteristics that demonstrate an ability to work well with others and communicate effectively.  This assignment will assist students in identifying and describing their professional communication strengths based on the information provided in Unit 1.

Deadline

  • Submit by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday of Unit 1

Directions for Professional Communication Strengths Inventory

  1. Using the preceding categories and textbooks sections provided in the table below, identify your professional communication strengths for each category.  Prepare a list of four personal attributes for each category.  Use the textbook information provided under each category to guide the development of each attribute.

    Thinking and Problem Solving

    Chapter 1- Understanding what employers expect from you

    Chapter 1 – Committing to ethical & legal communication

    Chapter 1 – Using technology to improve business communication

    Chapter 2 – Giving & responding to constructive feedback

    Oral & Written Communication

    Chapter 1- Understanding why communication matters

    Chapter 1 – Communicating as a professional

    Chapter 1 – Exploring the communication process

    Chapter 2 – Giving & responding to constructive feedback

    Interpersonal & Teamwork

    Chapter 2 – Communicating effectively in teams

    Chapter 2 – Collaborating on communication efforts

    Chapter 2 – Developing business etiquette

    Chapter 3 – Improving intercultural communication skills

    Personal Qualities & Work Ethic

    Chapter 1- Understanding why communication matters

    Chapter 1 – Committing to ethical & legal communication

    Chapter 2 – Improving your nonverbal communication skills

    Chapter 2 – Improving your listening skills

  2. Once you have developed a list of four attributes for each category, weave the attributes into a coherent and concise summary for each category.  You will use the paragraphs as a basis for career documents later in the course.
    Example

    • Thinking and Problem Solving Attributes:
    • Communicates in an ethical manner
    • Uses technology tools productively
    • Demonstrates digital information fluency
    • Provides content focused feedback constructively

    Thinking and Problem Solving Summary:

    I use technology tools productively.  My digital information fluency is demonstrated through the effective use of resources to compile information.  In a collaborative environment, I provide constructive feedback by focusing on content and outcomes.  I believe that effective teaching is comprised of two necessary and related elements: knowledge of the content and ability to communicate it. Knowing the material is not enough to be effective in teaching it; likewise, communication skills won’t work alone. Thus, I take care to understand the concepts I expect to cover and to make them understandable to the students.

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