Communication Strategies

Communication Strategies



Communication Strategies

The talk show, which was held at the Mc Laughlin group premises was taped on Friday 12th June, 2015, and broadcasted between 12th and 15th June 2015. There were four invited guests, who were deliberating on issues affecting the world at large. One of the main topics discussed was G8-1. This touched on G8 meeting, in which Russia was notably absent as a result of suspension due to the alleged military action towards Ukraine. The participants were John McLaughlin, the host, Eleanor Clift, from the Daily Beast, Tim Carney, a Washington Examiner Tom Rogan, Daily Telegraph/National Review, Mort and Zuckerman, from U.S. News and World Report. The talk show portrayed experienced and intelligent team, who handled the discussion with great knowledge. Their communication skills were excellent and the intended message was delivered effectively to the audience.
Language skills

In the discussion, all the panelists are listening carefully, before responding appropriately the issues at hand. Some of the panelists, including the host, are in possession of written materials, which they skim in as they participate in the talk. There are some speakers who are taking notes as the talk continues. This shows the interrelationship of the four basic language skills, which enhance effective communication (Grindstaff, L. 2002).
Verbal strategies

The entire panelists are audible, and possess good communication skills. English either seems to be their first language, and if second, they have a good understanding of the language syntax and lexical (Hargie, O. 1997). Their masterly of spoken words is excellent and the accent blends well with American English. When any opposing view point emerges, the panelists engage in more verbal sparring, good natured ribbing and some mild cross talk, creating order in the conversation .They listening to each other before making their contributions, which avoid misunderstanding and shouts
Non-verbal strategies

The setting of the room is magnificent, with all the panelists conforming to the formal dressing code. This makes their discussion more serious and formal. They all use deliberate hand gestures while talking, which convey their confidence. Some of them are occasionally nodding their heads as a way of agreeing with the points brought forward. There is constant eye contact among the group, creating sense of friendliness, and agreement with the points brought forward.
Strengths of chairperson & panelists

Mc Laughlin, who is the host, has powerful and loud voice, which makes him sound as a good orator. He has a commanding tone, which suits his role and the host of the program. He makes outlandish predictions that portray his witty character. He sets the topic context and the conversation starts up, which gains momentum and gets hot as it approached the end. He is good at stressing on important points.
Weaknesses if any

There are no much weaknesses of the host manifesting themselves in this discussion, except his authoritative voice which at times looks intimidating.
Possible solutions

As part of solution, Mc laughing should control his tone and make it more friendly, to make the discussion sound free and friendly.

Effective listening skills

The panelists seem attentive as they face the speaker, maintaining eye contact. This reflects their concentration level on the topic. All the panelists are composed especially when talking and occasionally expound the point of others or disagree (Bonet, D. 2001).


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