In-class activity for interpersonal comm: gender differences

After going over the observed differences between male and female communicators I ask the students to write a brief situation where a male and female have a misunderstanding based on these differences (real examples are allowed). I collect their examples and choose one or two to create a conversation that highlights the differences and include it as a test question: “In the following example, identify five differences in how males and females communicate that are causing this misunderstanding.”

Note: I have four such conversations targeted at college students already completed and posted here:


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About teachingpublicspeaking

I believe public speaking can go from most dreaded class to favorite class. I'm a former public speaking college instructor who spent years seeking out activities, assignments and examples to make the class interactive as well as educational -- they are collected here. I welcome suggestions for additions.

4 responses to “In-class activity for interpersonal comm: gender differences”

  1. Colette says :

    I would sincerely appreciate viewing the four conversations you refer to above. I’m working with a team of men and looking for awareness activities. Thank you.

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