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Communication Success With Opposite Sex At Work

Are you aware that men and women communicate differently? Would you like to communicate effectively with the opposite at work to gain their respect and trust?

Miscommunication and misinterpretation at work are frustrating, annoying and unproductive. Did you recently encounter communication difficulties, especially with the opposite sex?

Men and women communicate differently: both genders have different mixes of masculine and feminine blends. By understanding the different ways men and women communicate and approach problem solving in the workplace, you will have an extra edge to be more effective than others.

Men and women may speak the same language and use the same words, but their intentions and meanings are different. Men know what they want to say before they speak; women gradually discover what they want to say as the conversations continue.

Men generally speak to make a point or to solve problems using the least words possible; women speak for a few reasons. They too, speak to make a point, but lengthen the conversations to build rapport and create consensus.

When a woman does not build rapport with a person, it means that she does not respect that person and thus rapport building is not required. That is why when a man does not bother to build rapport with a woman, she misunderstands that he does not respect her, does not like her, or is angry with her.

Women also speak to share and convey their feelings; men often misunderstand that women are seeking solutions from them. In actual fact, women merely need listening ears: when women speak, their tension and stress will be significantly reduced.

Women who attempt to express their female nature in the workplace are not respected and accepted by men. When a man hears a woman venting on her workload, he may misinterpret that she demands a helping hand and perceived her as incompetent or lazy.

Men plan internally to relieve stress and feel more confident; women seek the same confidence simply by expressing their feelings. Many times while women are speaking, they discover the solutions to their problems themselves.

With this understanding of how men and women communicate, you can make small but significant changes in the way you respond to others and experience remarkable results.

Acknowledging the communication differences empowers men and women to earn each other's respect and trust; it will not only benefit you in the workplace but in personal life as well.

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Lavena Ang is a freelance writer in Singapore. To reach her, email to

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