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How to Give Advice

            My article “10 tips to advise wisely” is pretty much exactly what it says in the title. The article discusses various tips and ways to discuss advice, to approach advice giving, to see if someone actually wants your advice, and to finally and most importantly HOW to give the actual advice. The tips range from general to very specific and most of it to me seems as though it is just trying to reiterate common sense.

            The article connects because it talks about the various ways we can give advice, why we give advice, why we should give advice, why we feel the need to give advice, and how to approach giving advice. These things are all things that we have approached and talked about in this weeks material. Two of the biggest parallels that I have noticed in these articles are those of honesty and the absence of judgment. Something that I have learned in this weeks topic is that we need to fulfill those two obligations when it comes to giving advice. We need to remain honest in that we need to give them the unadulterated truth therefore they can make their own decision that is beneficial to them. But we also need to approach situations honestly in that we need to make sure we can let them know the honest truth that benefits them, not that may benefit us. We need to also avoid judgment in our advice giving so that we can give good advice and make sure that they are not embarrassed and that they feel welcome to ask for our advice.

            I think this article at its very core is directly related to interpersonal communication in that advice is directly related to talking to other people. I think that it directly applies to this week’s lesson.


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Interpersonal Health Communication.

This article, The Importance of Interpersonal Communication Within the Healthcare Workplace, Is obviously talking about interpersonal communication within the healthcare division of work. It speaks about various things such as the relationship between healthcare professionals and their patients such as nurses, doctors, and CNA’s. This speaks about the various elements of the relationships that can be improved by good communication with your healthcare officials.

This article speaks of the ways to, lower death rates, reduce healthcare costs, reduce malpractice risks, and improve overall patient happiness. This is related to course material because we are able to see that our communication is at its most basic form one person sending a message to another person. This model is fine for many aspects in life, however, I feel as though this model is definitely not one that can be followed in terms of the medical profession. When you are talking about this particular situation, you have to realize that many people cannot abide by this model of communication because there needs to be a flow forth and back between the doctor or other professional and the patient. If you have an alergy to latex, chances are you are not going to be able to go through a surgery without telling your doctor that you have that allergy. Many people are very nervous or shy when it comes to talking to their doctor for whatever reason and that is what causes many of these problems in the health communication.

I believe that this article was extremely straight forward in terms of organization and explanation. It is a good article and I believe it was applicable to our material throughout our class as this is the perfect explanation of a situation where interpersonal communication is absolutely 100% essential. In this situation, which is one of few, Interpersonal Communication is absolutely essential and CAN be a life or death situation.

Family communication

The article that I chose is called “Building Strong Families.” The article itself focused on the various aspects of family communication and how to communicate with the various hierarchies that exist within the family domain. It speaks on the value of non-verbal communication as well as the value of listening in every relationship that one has, not just within the family. The article talks about the four ways or “four horsemen” of negative communication that create barriers within family or spousal communication: criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling. The article says that these four horsemen are the cause of emotional overwhelming. When someone becomes overwhelmed with his or her emotions such as anger, sadness, frustration, or depression. The main conclusion in my eyes is that people need to understand how important non-verbal communication is as well as the fact that communication in its most simple form is a two-way street.


This article talks at points about the differences in communication within the family and various blocks that may come in the way of effective communication. One of these blocks that I believe I experience most often is the hierarchical ceiling that exists within each family when conversation or communication is initiated. For instance, my father is the son of a Baptist reverend. He was raised with respect and to be respectful of others especially in terms of your elders and those that carry authority. My mother on the other hand was raised by one of the first Mexican union leaders in the steel mill region where I was raised. She was raised to believe if you are right, speak your mind and let it be known that your belief or your idea is superior or more correct than those above you. I was raised with a mixture of both of these beliefs and have made a talent out of walking the fine line that exists between those two worlds. When my father has an idea or a notion to do something, he does it. However, sometimes he is extremely hard headed about his ways of doing things. Sometimes, I like to shoot him a few pointers on how to save time or energy on something. Now the biggest communication barrier that exists between my father and I is that hierarchical barrier that exists. He is the chief or leader of the household and I am merely his offspring. Yet, sometimes it just makes sense to tell someone to walk straight rather than zigzag through the park. This hierarchical barrier is difficult yet not impenetrable. What is needed in this scenario is time, respect, and making sure that it is known that the person who is the “chief” within their family is still acknowledged as such.


This article, albeit a good article to read, was loosely related to the text that we were assigned. I found it extremely hard to find a related article to the topic without finding some kind of spousal therapy site or fathers rights believe it or not. However I feel as though this article did a good job of describing at least one or two aspects of family communication.

The 5 types of power!

The five types of power revisited is an article that in one sense tells us what the types of powers are within an organizational structure and also shows us what we are to do in order to grow in the business world. This articles gives information on how to use the power and which powers are the most effective in the business world.

To me this article is directly related to the readings because 1. it directly describes what powers are and which of them are applicable to the business world and 2. It talks about ways that you are able to get ahead of the curve in the business world and use the various powers within the business world to grow yourself as a professional.

I believe that this article did an interesting job telling us how to apply all of the powers in order to grow yourself as a professional. It is a short article, granted, but i believe it applies everything that we learned over the past week in a concise yet focused manner.


This article had to do with the issue of stereotyping among teenagers. The article spoke about how teenagers felt they were being associated negatively with the current pop culture trends and how it was negatively impacting their chances for jobs, education, and generally being taken seriously as a group or individually. The author ends with statistics from a survey showing that teenagers have the self perception that they are more concerned with social issues with the previous generation among other important points.

I believe that this is directly related to the part of chapter six that discusses stereotypes and schema. The book discusses the fact that people often use stereotypes to classify people into a group rather than using the experience and how they perceive people on a personal level to “judge” a person. This article directly refers to how teenagers are experiencing this on a broad level and it is an issue for the next generation.

In my opinion this article shows some things that i believe i may have to deal with as time goes by. Will i be taken seriously by employers because of my “generation? Will people judge me because i am grouped in with not only the people that watch teen mom but those that STAR in teen mom?  This article met the expectations i had in comparing to the actual book because one it perfectly reflects the books position on stereotyping and schema, but it is able to apply this particular term to me on a more personal level.

About me

My name is Jeff Webb i am 20 years old and i am currently a mass communication major in the Lamb School of Communication. i have been at Purdue for a year and a half now as i started in fall of 2012. I am a junior and i actually started at a Purdue sattelite school (Purdue North Central). I was just admitted into the major last summer after i finished my pre-requisite classes by taking COM 102 in a maymester. i personally believe that the pre req classes for the Com Major are complete BS as i do not believe they are applicable to every major within the school of communication. Sorry for the mini rant… anyway. I live with my girlfriend of almost four years out here with our 9 month old yellow lab named cooper. I have been out here as i stated earlier for almost two years and yet i still am not used to being away from my family which as you can imagine causes many problems.

I am looking forward to seeing what this class has to offer and i hope the distance learning section is just as beneficial as the in class section.