How to become gender bilingual and get a leg up
Two basic languages underlie all the dialects on the planet: Male speech and female speech. Most boys and girls grow up learning to speak their only native gender-language, but not all. Even when you do, your communication can be derailed with others unless you are gender bilingual.
A 2006 study showed that managers spend an average of 18% of their time resolving conflicts among employees (up 9% from a decade earlier). No surprise, most conflicts involve communication glitches, often related to cross-gender miscommunication.
This seminar is designed to increase awareness of gender differences in relation to the use of language. Examples of male speech and female speech are included along with strategies for communicating more effectively with the opposite gender. Does an understanding male-female speech differences make them go away? Of course not! But knowledge is power and an increased understanding offers you more options for any given situation. It can diminish a tendency to take things personally, reduce frustration, and improve relationships. It can enhance cross-gender communication and teamwork and it can even be fun!
This seminar can be presented in one 50-minute session.
People who want to improve their communication skills with the opposite gender
Upon completion of the seminar, participants should be able to:
- List two structural differences between male brains and female brains
- List three functional differences in terms of processing information
- Describe how gender differences influence cross-gender teamwork styles
- State three benefits of becoming gender bilingual
- Identify two strategies that can be implemented immediately for enhancing cross-gender interactions
Presented by Arlene R. Taylor PhD
Brain Function Specialist, Realizations Inc