Romantic relationships are one thing, but no one talks much about how Mars and Venus fare at work. In fact, there are significant verbal and nonverbal differences in the way the two genders get their messages across in the office.
Verbal Communication Differences
In the area of verbal communication, men tend to speak more concisely while women tend to elaborate or explain their points of view. Men tend to assert their ideas as if they are fact, while women tend to phrase their ideas as questions and add disclaimers (“I might be wrong…”) or hedges (“Maybe”).
Men engage in verbal bantering and derogatory comments to establish rapport while women think a certain level of formality is more appropriate. Men make demands of the team while women try to gain consensus first. Men want to talk about plan specifics while women want to talk about needs and feelings.
Men don’t give positive feedback as frequently, whereas women think it’s important for reports to feel valued. Men more often make decisions based on careful analysis of the facts, whereas women are more likely to spot the right decision quickly, often as a result of intuition.
For nonverbal communication differences, have a look at the full post at Intuit's Fast Track blog.