The paper "Overall Contribution to the Group" is a good example of a management essay. A reflective essay is an essay which will show my participation in the group discussion whereby all that I have been doing during the group discussion in preparation for group presentation will be identified and explained. I was generally being involved through attendance and communication whereby I gave out my ideas concerning the issues we were discussing in the group (George Cheney, 2010, p. 56). As an important aspect of the discussion, we managed to pass information through speeches or messages, by use of body language and also exchange of thoughts we had.
There are basic skills applied in communication such as the open questions, reflection, clarification, summarizing and also probing. However, I will use the reflection to express the way I communicated with the group members. The concepts or theories I will use in my reflective essay include; the ordinary communication medium, the experience of both the receiver and the sender of the communication and the feedback attained from both the sender and the receiver of the communication (George Cheney, 2010). The group process After our instructor announced that we are supposed to create groups for our presentation, I immediately formed a group with other students.
We sat as a group and each one of us was supposed to introduce him or her to the other group members so that we could get to know each other better. Generally, we used the English language in the group discussion so I did not have any problems with the language used (Nieto, 2009, p. 67). In addition, there were no problems regarding the communication between the group members and me and this made me be very comfortable with the group I had.
The most predictable problem in the group would have been the different accents we had of which it could not prevent us from the discussion. The challenges I experienced in the previous group was when every member had to be assigned some parts to give ideas on how to handle presentation yet some of the group members never cared about the portions they were assigned to handle since they never gave out any input for them and also did not participate in the discussions.
In the following group, I had some fear of the same happening although the members seemed to be active (Association, 1993, p. 34). We also wrote our names, email addresses and phone numbers so that we could make things easier after agreeing on when to meet for discussion whereby some of the members failed to give the correct phone number and email addresses. This was also another problem which could be predicted after the discussion started because it seemed that the members who were less willing to give their email addresses and phone numbers were not willing to participate (Rose, 2013, p.
90). Immediately after the lesson which we had been assigned to form groups for presentation, we were supposed to meet for discussion. I tried to look for my friends in the class but since I did not remember anyone in the group, I kept on looking for them. However, one of them recognized me and suggested that we go and join the other members so that we could start the discussion.
I felt like an idiot for not knowing even a single member of my own group yet we had met once and for the time I had to spend looking around yet, I could have been looking at them (Westbury, 2000). All in all, I got closer and we off we started.
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