Tiruchirapalli

Actions speak louder than words

Students of Samadh Higher Secondary School, at a Newspaper In Education (NIE) session in Tiruchi on Tuesday. Photo: M. Moorthy

Students of Samadh Higher Secondary School, at a Newspaper In Education (NIE) session in Tiruchi on Tuesday. Photo: M. Moorthy   | Photo Credit: M_Moorthy

Communication is much more than words. Body language, gestures, and intonation are all part of effective communication.

The recent NIE session under the theme – Life skills training – stressed that communication skills that are vital for success in personal and professional life .

NIE Coordinator, Radhika Vijay, assured the standard VIII students of Samadh Higher Secondary School, that communication fortunately was an acquired skill.

In the first activity, the resource person replicated actions of a robot that could follow only simple commands. Students were compelled to break up complex commands into simple step-by-step instructions. Setting up a makeshift kitchen with school supplies doubling up as kitchenware, students instructed the robot to prepare a cup of tea.

The second activity demonstrated that distortion can creep in when a message is conveyed through various channels. Students played a game of Chinese whispers with a headline selected from the paper.

“Communication is a two-way process. It is complete only when the receiver gives feedback that he or she has understood the message. It is the responsibility of the sender to ensure the receiver has understood the message sans ambiguity.”

The last two activities underlined importance of non-verbal communication. With one student playing the role of passenger in a bus, other students had to convince the passenger to give up her seat using only actions.

Conveying emotions

In the fourth activity students attempted to convey emotions through facial expressions, gestures, and words. The activities stressed that unless there is a coincidence between actions and words, the message can be interpreted wrongly.

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