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Differences in the Ways Men and Women Communicate. • May stem in part from traditional differences in power within organizations • May be tied to genetic differences • May result in advantages and disadvantages to both men and women as well as their companies.

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differences in the ways men and women communicate
Differences in the Ways Men and Women Communicate

• May stem in part from traditional differences

in power within organizations

• May be tied to genetic differences

• May result in advantages and disadvantages

to both men and women as well as their

companies

characteristics of gender communication patterns
Characteristics of Gender Communication Patterns

• Men dislike asking for directions

• Women prefer discussion and negotiation

• Women misunderstand men’s ultimatums

• Women downplay certainty, men downplay doubt

• Women lead by suggestion, men lead by orders

characteristics of gender communication patterns continued
Characteristics of Gender Communication Patterns (continued)

• Women apologize needlessly, men avoid apology

• Women accept blame, men ignore blame or place it

elsewhere

• Women use positive buffers, men give criticism

directly

• Women say "thank you" too often, men too seldom

• Women invite consensus, men seek dominance

characteristics of gender communication patterns continued4
Characteristics of Gender Communication Patterns (continued)

• Women discuss personal lives, men don't

• Women want to know what they're doing right; men

want to know what they're doing wrong

• Women complain to arouse sympathy, men complain to

find solutions

• Women use self-mocking humor, men use humor to

mock others

• Women give indirect directions, men want clear direction

characteristics of gender communication patterns continued5
Characteristics of Gender Communication Patterns (continued)

• In groups, women tend to adapt to men; men tend to

ignore or minimize women

• Women dislike dealing with conflict, men are more

accepting of conflict

• Women are referred to by first names, men by last

names

• Men are less comfortable with female peers than

female peers are with male peers

• Women describe disappointment in personal terms,

men in terms of fair play or blame

characteristics of gender communication patterns continued6
Characteristics of Gender Communication Patterns (continued)

• Men interrupt women more than women interrupt men

• Men steal women's ideas, women tend not to protest

such theft

• Men hate losing to a woman more than a woman

hates losing to a man

• Women converse for relationship, men converse for

information

• Women use tag questions for permission-seeking more

than do men