A workshop was conducted for VSM students by Dr. Archana Damle on 10th Dec. 2017 at Nagpur, on “Effective Communication”. Contents were developed by Ashwini Joglekar & Archana Damle.
VSM students, volunteers & guests participated in the workshop.
The workshop began with self – introduction by students, who were then asked to narrate two situations in their life:
These were written on different colour post its viz. green & pink respectively & stuck on the board for future use in the workshop.
The Basics of communication were then explained in detail which included verbal/non- verbal & spoken/written communication. Importance & use of body language, gestures, facial expression, touch, eye contact, voice modulation, fluency of language etc was described with the help of examples & short stories.How to use these in making the communication effective was conveyed through the examples.
Effective communication by visually impaired(using Braille script), use of Sign language (in hearing & speech deficiencies), communication by non-living objects (traffic signals, ambulance) was narrated. Examples of use of Morse code in earlier days use of creative lyrics/poems (with hidden messages) etc were also discussed giving interesting examples.
It was emphasized that to be an effective communicator, one has to first be a patient listener.
Communication barriers especially the Psychological & language barriers were elaborated on & some simple ways to overcome these were also suggested.
At the end of the workshop, the inputs written on the post its were read, analyzed & discussed freely. It was found that most of the students communicated freely with family members (especially siblings & mothers), VSM mentors & friends.
Some were hesitant interacting with teaches, asking doubts in class or individually, felt nervous talking on stage or in front of a crowd& some feared the oral exams/vivas.
All these problems in communication were discussed & the students were asked to think & find the cause/role of various barriers which prevent them to communicate effectively in different situations.
How to gradually work on shortcomings, lessen the fears, improve the language & to minimize the effect various barriers was explained to them.
The workshop concluded with the feedback from all.
“Workshop was very nice, got to know how to communicate effectively at student level & how to reduce the barriers of communication.This workshop will help me & I will try to improve my communication abilities”
“Workshop was good, more activities & role plays would have made it more enjoyable”
“Sessions were interesting, as a mentor I will work on some areas which were explained simply but effectively & we together will work for the betterment of VSM.