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  1. 1. Developing EffectiveTechniques for SuccessfulCommunication betweenWomen and Men in the Click to edit Master subtitle styleWork PlaceJessica Yang 4/15/12
  2. 2. “Men are From Mars, Women are from Venus” 4/15/12
  3. 3. Maybe Its All in Our Heads.. Literally The brain is made primarily of two different types of tissue, called gray matter and white matter. Men think more with their gray matter, and women think more with white. In general, men have nearly 6.5 times the amount of gray matter whereas women have nearly 10 times the amount of white matter related to intelligence compared to men. - Richard Haier, Psychology professor at the University of California. (1)4/15/12
  4. 4. Gender Roles In essence, the traditional feminine gender role is a social orientation that emphasizes closeness and solidarity, whereas the traditional masculine gender role is a social orientation that emphasizes power and status (Tannen, 1987, 1990). As Tannen has been careful to note, it is not that traditionally masculine men are unconcerned about their degree of closeness or connection to others; nor is it the case that traditionally feminine women are unconcerned about their level of power or status relative to others. Rather, the difference is one of emphasis and priority: The masculine disposition is to attend to the status and power implications of a social exchange before considering its implications for solidarity and closeness, whereas the feminine disposition is to do the reverse. 4/15/12
  5. 5. Gender Miscommunication Much of the relevant theory and research on female/male miscommunication Tannen (1990) has proposed that a communicative act includes both "the message—the obvious meaning of the act" and "metamessages—that is, information about the relations among the people involved, and their attitudes toward what they are saying and doing and the people they are saying or doing it to" (p, 32), According to Tannen, female/ male miscommunication results when females and males use different frames when speaking and listening to each other. 4/15/12
  6. 6. The assumption is that males tend to frame communicative acts in terms of power and status, whereas females tend to frame them in terms of closeness and solidarity (Tannen, 1987, pp. 93-109), The reason this difference sets the stage for miscommunication is that although most communicative acts can be meaningfully interpreted within either frame (like the reversible figure of the vase and the faces), an interpretation within one frame tends to preclude, or occur at the expense of, interpretation within the otherAccording to Tannen (1987. p. 128), "a lot of trouble is caused between men and women by, of allthings, pronouns. Women often feel hurt when their partners use I or me in a situation in which they would use we or us." Presumably, men are using these pronouns within a frame that reflects their need for independence, respect, power, and status, whereas women are interpreting these pronouns within a frame in which their need for closeness and solidarity is threatened4/15/12
  7. 7. Gender CultureGenderlect: That masculine and feminine styles ofdiscourse are best viewed as two distinct culturaldialects rather than as inferior or superior waysof speaking. Deborah Tannen - cross-culturalcommunication4/15/12
  8. 8. Top Three Communication Strengths/WeaknessesMales:Females:+ Ability to read body language and pick up nonverbal cues. Physical presence.+ Good and to-the-point interactions. Direct listening skills.+ Effective display of empathy. Body language signals of power- Overly blunt and- Meandering - wont get to the point. Insensitive to audience reactions.- Not confident in own opinion. Too authoritative.4/15/12
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  10. 10. ReferencesCarey, Bjorn. Men and Women Really Do Think Differently. Livescience. 2005.,March 30, 2012. Or also NeuroImage-JournalN.A. Culture Gender. Oregon State. March 30, 2012.Goman, Carol. Men and Women and Workplace Communication. Businessanalysistimes. 30 March 2012.ImagesImage 1.,r:0,s:60,i:65&tx=96&ty=64Image 2. Hotz, Robert. Mars, Venus and the brain; Researcher finds fundamental differences between men, women. Los Angeles Times. 2005. 30 March 2012. 4/15/12