• Purpose of the Paper

    All of us, no matter how learned or skilled in the field of communication, still experience problems communicating interpersonally with others to some degree, so we need to find ways to increase our competence as communicators. By completing this paper I hope you will gain both confidence and ability to more effectively deal with interpersonal communication problems in the future.

    Specifics of the Paper

    In this paper, you will: (1) describe an aspect of interpersonal communication that you recognize as being an area of needed improvement for yourself, (2) apply 3 theories (no more no less – bold type the names of the theories or lose points) and concepts from our textbook and/or class Power Points to analyze why you might encounter some of the communication problems that you experience, (3) again, using theories and concepts from text reading and/or online lectures or class information, describe an action plan for improving communication competence in that area you’ve discussed.In selecting the theories or theoretical concepts, be as specific as possible, for example “trust” won’t work; “human communication” won’t work; “friendship” won’t work. Dig into the topic and find the theory that explains how it operates. at this point in the class I expect 3 unique views of the learning statement. Do not select, for example, active listening, shared listening, and competent listening. They are all listening. Go into the theory to describe what you learning about listening.Finally, the Plan of Action NEEDS to be the final paragraph and type Plan of Action in bold type so I know, you know.This paper should be written in first person, “I,” not “you” or “they.”Check your grammar, mechanics, etc. This is your last shot to show me what you learned. It should be your best shot.

    Selecting a Topic Area

    One way to proceed with this paper is to think of situations where you find it difficult to engage in communication or to achieve your communication goals. For example, maybe you find it difficult not to compete during interpersonal conflict, maybe you’re just not sure how to disclose feelings in a relationship that is important to you, or maybe you don’t know how to effectively listen to a child or parent.Another suggestion is to make notes of topics discussed in your text with which you can personally identify. For example, after reading the text you may realize that you use language in unconventional ways, possibly in detrimental ways. Or, after reading about nonverbal communication, you realize that you misinterpret a friend’s facial expressions a great deal.

    Format of the paper

    • The paper should be 500 – 750 words. No fluff. Headings, title pages, and works cited pages do NOT count toward your word count. The greatest part of the paper should be devoted to how the 3 theories or concepts will help you improve. Spend your words carefully.
    • The paper should include documentation of your source(s) – at a minimum, you should cite our textbook in a works cited page.
    • The paper should be double-spaced the paper with 12 point Time New Roman font.
    • DO NOT define the theory. By now I know you know the definition and if you apply it incorrectly in the paper, it will be obvious. Use your limited words for a deep learning statement, not definitions.
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    Organizational Guide

    You do not submit this outline. I am providing the guide to help you organize your writing.Introduction (usually 1-2 paragraphs)

    I. Statement to get reader’s attentionII. Identify importance of communication to relationshipsIII. Thesis statement

    Body (majority of paper – usually 3 to 8 paragraphs)

    I. Describe an aspect of communication that you recognize as being an area of needed improvement for yourself.

    • Provide at least one detailed illustration of how this aspect of communication impacts your ability to achieve communication goals.

    II. Analyze why you might experience the problems that you do.

    • In this section, it’s critical that you use theories and concepts from your textbook and/or class lecture as a basis for your analysis.
    • Please be very specific about how a theory/concept relates to the analysis you’re making.

    III. Describe an action plan for improving communication in the area that you’ve discussed.

    • Prepare and detail a plan for improving your communication competence.
    • Again, use theories and concepts from reading and lectures as a basis for your plan.
    • Also, explain how your plan will help you attain your goals.


    I. Summarize the paperII. Wrap up the paper with a statement of significance

    • I call this the “So What?” statement. You should tell your readers why this experience and/or concept/principle is important for you, for them, and/or for everyone to know

    Works CitedYour works cited list will follow MLA or APA format. Visit the Purdue OWL to learn more about MLA or APA format.