17 Lab Exercise: Reflective Analysis (Communication)



For lab exercise you will:

  1. Increase knowledge of how voice and body language components contribute to effective interprofessional communication.
  2. Embrace a willingness to critique own communication weaknesses.
  3. Display the motivation to improve interprofessional communication skills.


Part I.

  1. TAKE THE QUIZ on communication skill that is provided by your instructor.
  2. TAKE THE QUIZ on communication styles that is provided by your instructor.
  3. REVIEW AND REFLECT on the meaning of the assessment results concerning your communication skills and your predominant communication style.
  4. WRITE answers to the following questions as they relate to one of the assessments; either your communication skill or your communication style.
  • What about the quiz result surprised you?




  • What did you learn about your communication skills and/or communication style?




  • How does this new learning about yourself and/or communication connect with past/present experiences?




Part II.

  1. IDENTIFY areas of professional development concerning your communication skill and/or communication style.
  2. REVIEW the information provided here concerning SMART Goals.
  3. WRITE 1-2 SMART goals concerning your communication for interprofessional practice.
  4. SMART stands for:
    • Specific (simple, sensible, significant)
    • Measurable (meaningful, motivating)
    • Achievable (agreed, attainable)
    • Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based)
    • Time bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost imited, timely, time-sensitive).


An example SMART goal has all of the S-M-A-R-T components.  Here are 2 examples:

    • STUDENT Goal – By April 23, 20XX (by graduation), increase (my) knowledge of effective patient education concerning nutrition as demonstrated by certificate from a module; and reading relevant materials, and developing my own mock patient education handout that includes meal planning calendar and a food diary.
    • PATIENT Goal – By February 14, 20XX, increase knowledge of self-care concerning nutrition and the intake of liquids as demonstrated by 2-week food and activity diary that is shared with primary care provider at the February 14, 20XX outpatient appointment.
  • How will you apply this new learning to your healthcare profession-related practice and/or your role as an interprofessional team member (WRITE a SMART goal)?



RUBRIC – SMART Goal(s) for Communication

0-10 SMART goal(s) is/are written as one sentence.
0-2 SMART goal(s) is/are specific.
0-2 SMART goal(s) is/are measurable.
0-2 SMART goal(s) is/are achievable.
0-2 SMART goal(s) is/are relevant.
0-2 SMART goal(s) is/are time-bound.


LeadershipIQ. (2022, January 03).  Communication styles quiz and research:  Which of these different communication styles do you use?  https://www.leadershipiq.com/

Merrihew, M.  (2017, August 4).  The importance of setting SMART goals.  Retrieved August 02, 2022, from https://www.hydratemarketing.com/

Mindtools. (2021, June 20).  How good are your communications skills?  Speaking, listening, writing, and reading effectively.   https://www.mindtools.com/



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