big picture. Basic logic and over-analyzing situations override my ability to have innovativeideas, and I understand that this can be a hindrance in managerial positions. I lack in thecreativity department overall, and I know that I can work on this by self-improvement andcritical thinking classes, seminars, and books.
In any kind of setting, communicating well is a very important aspect for everyone in general.Communicating with students about classes, communicating with friends about social events,and most importantly, communicating with coworkers and bosses about jobs, are all differentsettings in which we must correspond well with each other. Communicating well involveshaving an open mind, speaking about what’s on your mind, and listening clearly to others with agreat deal of understanding.Strengths:In my opinion, I believe that I have strengths in communicating to people face-to-face or evenvia other means (email, phone…etc). I believe I am better at communicating verbally, though,since I feel that emotions, interactions, and other things can be taken up verbally rather than, for example, via email. Verbally, one can emphasize what’s being said and also change perspectivesand offer extra information more easily. An example of this would be as follows: if someoneasked me about my favorite subject in school via email, I would just type in an answer, send it in,and wait for a reply. However, if it were done verbally, I would be able to answer him withinteractions, and speak clearly about my subject if more questions were asked on the spot. Nonetheless, I tend to say what’s on my mind, no matter who the latter person is and our meansof communication, and back up my words with evidence and support. For example, if a friendand I are having a political conversation about whom we might vote for in an election, I willgladly argue my side of the spectrum. More importantly, though, I will let my friend argue hisside and listen carefully to what is being said. I try to never look down at another person and judge them because of their ideals. In addition, it is important to always communicate with asense of understanding where the other person is coming from. For instance, if I amcommunicating with a narrow-minded native from my home country who does not clearlyunderstand essentials of democracy, I will not get angry with their point of view. Incommunicating, I try to “put myself in the other person’s shoes” and at least try to understandwhere they are coming from, and hope that their ignorance is only ephemeral. This concept tiesin with the idea that communication involves having a very open mind. In fact, my
score supports this aspect. I am comfortable with how I feel incommunicating my thoughts and feelings in a setting and sharing responses about diversity. Onanother note, I also have an amazing ability to utilize appropriate communications technology. Ican use various computer softwares (such as word processors, slide show editors, and evenmessaging programs) that definitely expand my knowledge in communication. I can easilyorganize communications into these programs, especially for times when verballycommunicating is not a possibility.Weaknesses:As much as I believe that I have much strength in communicating with others, I believe that I donot communicate as strongly when talking to a group of people. Class presentations, thus, are aweakness of mine. Sometimes I assume that I am not getting the respect I deserve if I am in frontof a classroom or group of people. I think to myself, “What if someone is not listening andthinks I am boring?” which leads to me becoming nervous and jittery in communicating in front