Team work makes the dream work, in this case the dream is a balloon.

In groups we were tasked to, as a team, inflate a balloon but the person blowing couldn’t use their hands so the teams needed to work together to inflate a balloon by holding it securely so one person could inflate it.

What do you think contributed to your team success?

I think teamwork (oddly enough) contributed to the teams success, the allocation of work was distributed well so that everyone had something to do and to contribute to the blowing of the balloon from actually blowing it to holding it while it expanded or to calling out when we were finished. Some found it silly and were reluctant to be involved but in the end had a fairly good time, or at least that’s what I noticed.

What do you think did not help your team success?

There were of course the few people not interested in drama or team building games, which I can understand since i personally never liked these kinds of things during high school and as an adult (24 years, maybe an adult) it does feel silly to be competing in such a way. The best way to get around this is to give those people some not so involved but useful things to do towards the group effort.

internationals and people not from here

This week we had some international students/people come in and talk about how communication between two different cultures and languages can present problems in the IT industries , I wasn’t there for the first talk so belma suggested that I write a blog from what I imagined a point of view of an international student would be when it comes to communication.

My first thought is the language barrier because despite how much you may know of the language actually implementing it is the hard part since native speakers tend to talk either fast or at least faster than slow with full confidence in what they are saying and from experience I have noticed that non native English speaking people tend to talk either slowly or spend time figuring out which word best fits the situation. Another issue is actually understanding some of the English words since some languages may not actually have a word that represent the same things.

My second thought is the cultural differences, for example burkas or head wraps which are a cultural or religious head wear whereas in a typical English or English colony behavior is to take your hat off when entering a house. Another thought is also how people tend to address others in a very casual way a lot of the time in New Zealand and I do understand that some cultures demand that you address certain people with a specific honorific or something like that.

Observation of body language (watching people)

This blog post is to record our findings after watching people communicate either in the workplace or just in general.

I don’t really do a lot of people watching but i notice my family does quite a bit and after trying it myself for a little while its plain to see the kinds of body language people use when they are familiar with each other, typically it’s  eye contact and smiling.

Today in class i watched some classmates taking among each other and noticed that usually instead of saying yes or no there would be minor head bobbing and kind of ‘uh’ or ‘mhm’ . They would also lean over to each other to emphasize something and often talk with the cans of drink up to their mouths.

The other day my dad and I went to MC Donald’s for lunch and he met someone he knew and had a conversation with him. My dad is a very avid user of hand gestures when he talks and what was surprising to me was that a majority of the time they weren’t looking at each other but looking towards the tv screen they have in the shop that was playing music videos. It was interesting to see them both using hand gestures usually when they were tying to emphasize something similar to the image at the top of the post.

first class reflection – what is communicating and communicating well?

this blog post is to answer a few questions to do with the first lesson in a kind of self reflection.

Who did all the work? We all did a decent amount of work towards the presentation allmost everyone gave an example of good or bad communication

who did all the writing? one person wrote down the things the group said into a list

who dominated the group? i think me and one other person did

Who didnt say anything at all? there was only one person who didnt say much during the brainstorm but he did say something during the actual presentation

who organised who spoke? we took turns with one person nominating themselves to go first

did everyone speak? yes everyone had a turn speaking because thats how we agreed to do the presentation

what would you recommend to do better next time? more thorough explanations of the points of communication we came up with

who was listening to your team? i had assumed everyone since we were the first group and i think interest waned over time

How do i know? I was looking around as the group was talking and no one in the audience  were talking

what made the presentation awesome? nothing particularly it wasnt very fancy or anything, an idea i had was to have an example good conversation and bad conversation but i didnt end up bringing it up.