Staff Reporter

Students taken on a tour of techniques

VIJAYAWADA: A lecture on “Ten commandments for successful communication” by P. Ramanujam of the department of English at the Andhra Loyola College, provided workable tips on communication techniques to students of Montessori Mahila Kalasala on Tuesday.

The one-and-a-half-hour presentation saw Dr. Ramanujam use effective anecdotes and explanations to drive home the message that successful communication was a cultivable and mindful skill.

The students were also taken on a tour of 10 master techniques that would enable them to become highly effective communicators after consistent practice.

Dr. Ramanujam stressed the importance of developing the habit of keen observation so as to understand people and strike a fruitful contract with them to reap maximum benefits out of resultant communication.

Dwelling at length on the 10 golden principles of communication, Dr. Ramanujam made an elaborate mention of how important it would be for all those involved in a situation to respect one another and show their willingness in making the communication process among them successful. The communicators should be proactive in contributing to the communication for the benefit of producing a positive result out of the tasks in which they were involved. One should honour the communication contract in letter and spirit for sending and receiving the message rightly.

He advised the students to carefully follow the principle of disagreeing with others without being disagreeable when there were differences of opinion or perceptions. The agreeable ways of disagreeing with others would be to use expressions like “I don’t think that is right” or “I do agree with you up to a point”.

Dr. Ramanujam pointed out that there were three types of people with visual, kinaesthetic and auditory perceptions predominant in their communicative approach. These factors may be overlapping, but many people show one of the three in excess.

One should identify what kind of a person the interlocutor would be and then use the language accordingly. If the other person was predominantly visual, one should use visual language. Say “I see it this way” instead of “I feel”, he suggested.