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If you are an introverted person, it doesn’t mean that you can’t be successful in communication. Maybe you will not love it, but presenting your idea to another person or in front of a group of people can be learned. Exercise breathing before presenting your exhibition and remember, people who listen don't want to criticize you, they are here because they are interested in your idea!
Improve and exercise your communication skills. With them, it will be easier to organize and arrange an exhibition because organising one assumes communication with the various sectors that will all participate in its creation. Communications skills that will make your job easier: good presenting, giving and accepting criticism, persuasion and body language, motivating and supporting, active listening, questioning and gathering information.
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You will do a set of 4 communication exercises. You can practice them in the classroom or in the cafe whenever it suits you. You can repeat these exercises at any time and thus strengthen communication skills with your students or colleagues.
Exercise 1: Explore your local newspapers, and find a short article about migration. Have your students/ colleagues/friends/ partner try to paraphrase it. This activity is a study in how team members choose to interpret and prioritize certain information over others. After this talk about migrant issues and how they can be misinterpreted. Explore the meaning of “fake news”.
Exercise 2: Pair up and have one person discuss a hobby or passion, while the other person is instructed to ignore them. Discuss the frustration that can come with not feeling heard or acknowledged, and review good body language and verbal remarks a good listener should practice.
Exercise 3: Make a presentation. Choose a theme related to migration (education and language access and learning, workforce and vocational training, illegal immigration, children and family policy for migrants, social cohesion and identity, immigration policy and law, family reunification, integration policy etc.) then make a presentation (max 15 minutes) for your colleagues.
- Have a structure- beginning-middle and an end.
- Use short sentences.
- Consider: who is your audience/ what points do I want to get across/ what visual aids are available (powerpoint, projector, flip chart)
- Make an introduction: welcome the audience, say what your presentation will be about
- The middle should outline your argument and develop your story. Don’t try to put too much content in it, rather have 2 or 3 main points and allow everything else to support these.
- Conclusion. Briefly summarise your main points. Answer any question. Thank the audience for listening. The end should be on a strong or positive note.
After the presentation discuss the topic and and try to make an idea for your pop-up exhibition.
Exercise 4: This is an activity that begins with a series of words or ideas. It involves combining one idea with another while improvising.
- Give a word of departure to a student/colleague in the group.
- The student must speak for one minute and to approach a subject from different angles; to associate a word with other ideas or words, but in a consistent way.
- The use of the popular language must be avoided.
- This activity can also be used to get students to better control stage fright.
- Understand and apply knowledge of human communication and language processes
- Improve to communicate effectively orally and in writing
- Apply effective communication skills in a variety of public and interpersonal settings
- Develop knowledge, skills, and judgment around human communication that facilitate their ability to work collaboratively with others