Male And Female Communication Essay

1101 Words 5 Pages
Differences in Male and Female Communication
Shanell Smith Cappa
Barry University

General Purpose: To inform
Specific Purpose: To describe to my audience the differences in male and female communication
Thesis statement:
I. Introduction
A. Attention getter: Have you ever wondered why your friend or partner of the opposite sex took something totally different than what you meant?
B. Revealing the topic: I am going to talk about how male and female communication are different.
C. Reason to listen: Everyone in this room has had a relationship with someone of the opposite sex, whether the person you interacted with was your life-long partner or the cashier at Publix. It is imperative that everyone knows how to communicate.
D. Establish
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Preview statement: I am going to talk to you about what is communication, how male and females differentiate in verbal communication, how male and females differentiate in nonverbal communication, and how you can improve your own communication.
II. Body
A. Main Point 1
i. As defined by the Oxford Dictionary, communication is “the exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, signals, writing, or behavior”. ii. When communicating, people are influenced by the regions where they grew up, ethnicity, age, class, and gender. We are usually unaware that these and other aspects of our backgrounds influence our ways of talking. This causes us to attribute communication problems to other’s intentions. iii. The same goes for gender, we need to remember that for people, the way someone talks is natural to them and that our speech is automatic. Women and men as a group talk in particular ways.

Transition: I am going to begin by talking about the differences in male and female use of verbal
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Women’s language is usually indirect and cleverer than men’s language. Women tend to use words such as yes and no in order to make their answers sound like questions. Women use polite forms of words in order to make their responses more etiquette. iii. Authors Marry Ann Turney and Ruth L. Sitler, of Genders Patterns in Talking, published in 2012, give an example of when a woman says “Nothing is working”, men take this expression literally since male language is clearer while woman language is more abstract (Turney & Silter 2012). iv. Male communication is usually assertive and direct, which makes males seem more confident. On the other hand, women are not direct when speaking or giving instructions.
v. Dr. Tshilidzi Netshitangani, author of Gender differences in communication style, published in 2008, discusses another difference in verbal communication. She states that women apologize more than men, even for circumstances for which they are not responsible. Men interrupt more than women (Netshitangani, 2008).

Transition: Now that you know how men and women use language differently, let me talk to you about their differences in nonverbal communication.
C. Main Point

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