1. How do you think a small margin for error affects communication on a project?

I think it can affect the communication on a project entirely. Following directions and listening carefully is imperative for communication especially on a team project. As the article states with the Ball Corp., they have such a large group of contractors involved in one project. Written specifications developed by contractors, then passed down to electrical, optical, mechanical and aerospace engineers who are designing each part of the project. Effective communication is essential.

2. In what ways do you act differently in a face-to-face meeting than you do during a telephone conference call?

Body language, actually listening instead of hearing, appearance- on the phone there can be distractions, person may not be listening and you just do not know.

3. Why is written communication essential in some situations (such as conveying specifications), while oral communication is essential in others (such as technology interchange transfers)?

Written communication is essential conveying information because it makes it easier for the receiver to follow the steps because it is all written down. While transferring technology is better to be orally distributed- it’s enhanced to capture the knowledge through hands on training.

4. What listening hurdles do you find yourself facing as you listen to others? How do you handle it when you believe someone you’re speaking to is not hearing what you say?

Mainly focusing on the topic I am being spoken to about. With work and school my mind is always racing- I have deadlines to meet for work and at the same time I’m thinking of the deadlines I need to meet with school. On the other hand is someone isn’t listening to a word I say, I make sure to keep eye contact. I don’t think I would say anything though- but I would assume they heard everything that was said considering I have been...

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