SMC Sample Communication Improvement Plan Reflection Paper
This Reflection assignment requires you to work with another person (not a classmate). Ask a friend or family member (or more than one person) to give you feedback about your nonverbal behaviors. Does this person notice things about you that he/she thinks you should know about? Does this person like or dislike certain nonverbal behaviors that you engage in during conversations?
Ask him/her to be totally honest, and to think about it before giving you the observations. If he/she feels compelled to answer right away, the comments are more likely to be just positive observations, which would result in a less valuable class experience for you. For full credit, you need to find a partner(s) who can give you some constructive criticism about your nonverbal behaviors.
Don’t let this exercise turn into a conflict. Don’t defend yourself. Don’t argue with your partner. Promise him/her that you will not argue or get defensive. Ask sincerely for your partner to give some constructive feedback about what nonverbal behaviors you exhibit that are annoying or that just need some improvement. You may want to show Ch. 5 to your partner so that s/he knows the full range of what nonverbal behaviors are.
The only thing that matters here is what the other person perceives and thinks about your nonverbal behaviors, even if you feel that person is wrong. When your partner is done, thank him/her for helping in this assignment.
Your Reflection should have four distinct sections.  First, write about whom you chose and why.  Second write about what the other person said about your nonverbal behaviors.  Third, write about what you think about the comments and what you learned.  And fourth, write a CIP for how you can improve on one the behaviors that was brought up.
Use the vocabulary from the chapter, and put those words in bold font in your CIP.
If the first person you choose doesn’t have anything to say about what he/she observes or dislikes about your nonverbal behaviors, then find another partner, or use more than one person to help you complete a good assignment. For this exercise to be a good use of your time, you need to get some constructive feedback. Thorough work on this assignment tends to be at least 700 words including the CIP.