My “Listening Styles Profile” results were what I expected. I came up as a “people oriented” person. My colleagues thought that was about right for me. I agree with the description that it can “interfere with proper judgement”. In my case it would not be because I am trusting, but sometimes I feel that I need to give people another chance at doing something.
The Communication Anxiety Inventory was different. I thought that I never worry too much about communicating within groups, but my sister and a colleague from my school thought otherwise. They both thought I worry and stress before engaging groups and they both felt that I was more comfortable when communicating on a one on one basis. This is what the test describes as “situational” anxiety.
I scored low on the Verbal Aggressive Scale which was right from my viewpoint and my colleagues concurred. I do not like confrontation and this results in my respecting all points of views and trying to come to a settlement that makes all the parties involved feel respected.
These test made me aware of the importance of listening more. This is a great asset to have in our profession as early childhood educators. The more we listen, the more we will understand the needs and goals of our families and that in turn will help us develop plans to help them achieve their goals. The other point was the importance of being respectful in our communications. It is easier to change people’s minds when we are respectful and mindful of their views, than when we are not.
I found this exercise very useful and insightful as it highlighted the areas of communication that I need to focus on in order for me to be a better and more effective communicator.