The paper "Business Communication Consultancy " is a great example of a management essay. Business communication consultancy report gave me an opportunity to experience working in a group. I came to learn that giving, receiving and using feedback are all important in group work. I was given the task of compiling the contributions of members of the group. It was a challenge trying to internalize what exactly everyone was trying to communicate and assimilating into one flowing essay. It was an opportunity of viewing people's suggestions from an unbiased perspective and keeping my mind open to divergent ideas.
I had my opinion about everyone's suggestion but I had to focus on the message without attempting to judge the presenter of the idea. My patience was trained as we waited for everyone in the group to give his own point of view without trying to be impatient with members of the group who were slow to realize the point being communicated. The final report of the group was a piece that was developed considering all suggestions from the members of the group regardless of their cultural backgrounds.
My reading skills were sharpened as I received feedback from the group members before using it in compiling the final report of the group. From time to time we had to retract and try to help a member who did not comprehend a specific point. The brainstorming session was an eye-opening event and every member had an opportunity to share his personal perspective without the interference of the group members. Nevertheless, we remained focus on the objective of the group and the task that was supposed to be completed. The influence of diverse cultural backgrounds helped us to have a variety and many interesting examples in our final report.
The international students in the group were awesome! I learned a lot when it came to answering questions or responding to contributions by other members of the group. Courtesy and general communication etiquette were perfected during the group meetings. Personal attacks were shunned as all the members tried to play by the rules of the group that encouraged addressing the point raised and not the person raising the point.
Clampitt, P.G. (2005). Communicating for Managerial Effectiveness. CA: Sage (book).
Goman, C.K. (2002). Cross-cultural Business Practice Communication World, 19:22-5 in Hargie, O., Dickson, D., Tourish, D. (2004) Communication Skills for Effective Management. Hampshire: Palgrave MacMillan (book).
Interaction with international students and online discussions as well as being a keen listener.