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Running head: LETTER OF ADVICE Final Paper: Letter of Advice COM200 – Interpersonal Communication Professor-Reed Markham 4/22/2019 Hi new team member,
LETTER OF ADVICE 2 I am very excited to welcome you to the team. A warm group of colleagues will join you however; I would like to provide some tips to assist you in settling into your new department. Communication is our foundation and how we work seamlessly. When communication is not clear and concise, it disrupts our workflow. I have learned that interpersonal communication is so much more than sending emails and answering phones. There is so much that we do not recognize that influences how and what we communicate. We will go over the basic principles for effective communication and the best practices to overcome any possible obstacles that might disrupt and create a conflict. These tools are crucial to maintaining a healthy and efficient work environment. When I first started here, I had no idea how my sense of self would influence how I communicated with people. A permanent position with this institution was what I wanted, and I was going to work as hard as I can to make it happened. Now two promotions within this same department, I learned that I had to adapt to adjust to being a part of a team. I learned how to communicate competently. “Communication is a complex process, and we will never know everything there is to know about ourselves and our relationships with others. However, the more we do understand, the better we can relate to others in our world, the more we can enhance our interpersonal relationships and the more competent we can be in our interactions with others” (Bevan and Sole, 2014, Summary and Resource, para. 6). These six principles will not only help you within your new position, it something you can use in your personal life as well. The six principles are taking responsibility of your communication behavior, acknowledging that your view is not the only view, remember that communication involves mutual understanding or shared meaning, respecting one another including yourself, listening and evaluating the other
LETTER OF ADVICE 3 person’s communication before responding, and practicing being a competent communicator. Using these tools build and maintains relationships within your workgroup, and trust develops. So what do I mean when I say taking responsibility for your communication behavior? It means that you are providing only truthful, accurate and clear communication with others (Bevan and Sole, 2014, Sec. 1.4, Para. 2). This department has quite a few moving parts, and when someone from the team does not fulfill their obligation to the team, it can cause breaches of trust. Breaches with confidence for us causes people to have to do double work and ill feelings and creates a negative environment. Even something as simple as body language can affect how people communicate with you. You are responsible for being welcoming when receiving clients calls, and our when you are reaching out to clients or other labs within our institutions. People may be less inclined to ask you for help because you answer them what sharply. That

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