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Luthans and Doh (2012) discuss several characteristics of communication. More specifically, they discuss verbal communication styles. For this question, describe your own verbal communication style by using the major characteristics listed by Luthans and Doh (2012). Which cultures can relate to your communication-style characteristics? Approach this as a professional development piece - something you can bring to an interview to demonstrate your abilities.

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My verbal communication style is very direct and personal in nature. I tend to be very clear and explicit in my verbal communication. I like to engage in moderate level of talk and remain as focused as possible on the goal or objective of the conversation. Rather than talking too much, I tend to remain specific and to the point on the topic and clearly deliver my intent or message in a direct manner to the other party. I tend to remain as close as possible to the main ...

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Discusses verbal communication style by using major characteristics listed by Luthans and Doh.

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Ivey et al. (1997) suggest that culturally appropriate nonverbal behaviour is crucial to successful counselling outcomes. He advocates that all practicing counsellors should 'begin a lifetime of study of nonverbal communication about eye contact, posture, touching, vocal tracking and space in order to understand their patterns and variations.

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(Body Language in Patient Counselling): by Mrs. Reena, Education Department, Aravind Eye Hospital, Maduraihttp://laico.org/v2020resource/files/Body%20language.pdf. Retrieved June 15, 2011.

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