The Four Key Characteristics Of Working In Groups

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Presenting information in front of an audience has never been my strong suit, but working with others towards a common goal has always been fairly easy to me. Although I consider working with other people fairly easy it doesn’t mean that there are no complications when trying to obtain our goal. Working in groups is something that I am familiar with, whether it is an academic group or an athletic team. According to the book Communicating in Groups Applications and Skills, the authors Katherine Adams and Gloria Galanes states that, “A group is three or more individuals who have a common purpose, interact with each other, influence each other and are interdependent” (Adams & Galanes, 2006). Almost all the groups I have participated in have presented …show more content…
Verbal communication has four key characteristics that one should take into account when working in a group. The first key characteristics that group members should know is to adjust to the symbolic nature of the language, meaning to guard against bypassing, be explicit, give specific example as well and quantify if possible (Adams & Galanes, 2006). At least for our first presentation I feel as if my group and I did not do a great job of being explicit to what we were planning so once we actually sat down to discuss what we were doing it surprised me on how all of us had a different approach when it came to presenting our information. Another major characteristic would be to organize the discussion, including your remarks, which basically states to make one point at a time, state your idea directly, and make sure to stay on topic (Adams & Galanes, 2006). My group and I had issues with organization and staying on track when we were doing our first presentation, but by the second presentation we made sure that it didn’t happen again. No organization also lead us to encounter groupthink which is the tendency of highly cohesive group not to evaluate thoroughly and critically all aspects of a decision or problem (Adams & Galanes, 2006). The third on would be to be sensitive to the emotions of others, so all group members should know to avoid emotive words, never name-call and respect others opinions (Adams & Galanes, 2006). Being sensitive to others emotions was never a problem in my group, everyone respected one another and if we didn’t agree with someone’s opinion we would still take it under consideration. The last key characteristic was that all group members should know and follow the group’s rules, which consist of code switching and use of standard sentence structure, vocabulary, and correct grammar (Adams & Galanes, 2006). Code switching was no issue for

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