My team and I collected all the items on this list. We were told we can only use one word each to start and finish our sentences. Our team came up with using hand signs for yes and no. Our team straggled at first because it was a very complicated to understand each other, using one word sentences. Thought out the process of finding the items we follow each other using the signs because we think if anyone look somewhere in the building they may have an idea.
information should come from the book Communicating in Groups 3rd ed chapter 2. And this prezi.
1. Do not use contractions. E.g., Don’t, Can’t, Won’t
2. Do not use words like “everything”, ” “anything”, “thing”, “really”, “very”, or “stuff”. “Everything about the activity was challenging” v “The most challenging aspect of the group activity was breaking the initial tension.” “Getting all group members to attend meetings is very challenging” v “Getting all group members to attend meetings is challenging” or “Full group attendance in meetings is challenging”
3. Do not use slang.
4. Do not begin a sentence with an undefined pronoun: This, They, That “I am passive aggressive in stressful situations and so to avoid conflict I try to become an agreeable person. This is a weakness.” (This sentence suggests that being an agreeable person is a weakness.) “I am passive aggressive in stressful situations and so to avoid conflict I try to become an agreeable person. Being agreeable, rather than speaking up for myself is a weakness.” “They believe” versus “My group believes” “This is a process.” versus “This way of communicating is a process.”
5. Avoid the word “It” at all costs
“It is important to understand how to communicate as a team.” v “Communication in a team is an important skill to master.”
“In business, it is an easy concept to grasp.” v “Rapport building is an easy business concept to grasp.”
6. Preview and review explicitly. “In the following paragraphs, I explain(ed) . . .” and ” In the previous paragraphs, I covered the topics of…”
7. Do not end sentences in prepositions. “When can I turn it in?” “Where are you at?”
8. Use second-person purposefully. “You want to make sure that you get to know each other before beginning.” v Group members that get to know each other prior to starting the task work better overall.”
9. Be Concise
10. Revise, Revise, Revise
Sample: “On the first day of class, we were instructed to get into groups of six or seven people. One of the first things that we were assigned to do was talk to each other. This is important because you can get to know each other as people before working on a task. We were told to create a story one sentence at a time. We did that and the story came out well. It was a very good first activity.”