Here are the 7 Great Communication Lessons you can learn from Deaf People
“Everything has its wonders, even darkness, and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.” – Helen Keller ( Blind and Deaf American Author and Educator)
- Be expressive and articulate
There are such a significant number of ways we can play with our voice when we talk: pace, tone, volume. This gives us a lot of approaches to express our feelings, sentiments, and mentality when we talk about the specific subject. Be that as it may, how regularly do we enable ourselves to be expressive? Once in awhile supposed social standards limit us from snickering excessively noisy, from raising our voice when we are energized or crying before others. Since it’s an improper activity. Deaf people are extremely well-spoken ordinarily. Their facial expressions and gestures can hypnotize you with their force and creativity. They don’t generally mind how others may see them. They simply express what they feel without really covering up or relaxing their feelings.
2. Maintain Eye Contact
You’re with your family or group of friends at a nice restaurant, where everyone is enjoying the food and conversation and someone decides to take their phone out. How many have you found yourself checking your phone for updates? But in the world of deaf people, if you stop looking at the person you are talking to, you are literally cutting the conversation. Because the only way you’ll understand the conversation is by looking at their faces.
Hence, the first great lesson to learn is the art of being present and giving your undivided attention to the person you are talking with.
3. Pay attention without interrupting
How many times did you discover yourself looking forward to somebody to end talking, so you’ll be able to say what you think?
We, humans, come to social life, where we are greedy to speak rather than listen, hungry to hear rather than listen.
When deaf people are having a conversation, it’s not possible for them to have more than one person talking at a time.
4. Don’t Hesitate, Just ask!
How regularly would you say you are hesitant to ask an inquiry when something is misty to you? Or clarify what the other person meant instead of making presumptions? We have a tendency to do it out of fear of being misunderstood or rejected.
Every deaf person has a different style of using the sign language. So it’s ordinary to ask for them to ask unfamiliar signs. There is nothing incorrect in not knowing or getting something. In such an event, simply ask!
5. Watch, Observe and Learn!
Simply imagine what number of minor yet significant details we miss out in our day to day cooperations with others? When you can’t hear you become progressively mindful of things occurring around you. You figure out how to notice even the slightest things, you figure out how to encounter your general surroundings through each one of those unimportant details which in a greater picture plays a crucial job. And what’s more important is that you figure out how to value them.
6. Cut off Distractions
The world around us has become a constant feed of entertainment, noise, and information. We have so many devices, social platforms that overwhelms us with so much information that we have lost our ability to focus. May it be cooking, reading or even listening to someone. Learn to focus on the person who is talking to you. Be present!
7. Be clear, down to the point and as compact as could be expected under the circumstances
How frequently do you communicate your thoughts and needs really without trying to make things sound better than they maybe? In sign language there are 2 different ways to state a specific word – you either utilize the letter and give an indication for each letter or you utilize one sign which represents the whole world.
The second choice is a lot quicker and therefore convenient. For pretty much every word, there is a particular sign. Would you be able to envision such a huge amount of data to remember? Not just that, you need to figure out how to compose and articulate the word yet additionally a particular sign that speaks to it.
The idea of sign language expects you to be as specific as possible and use as few words as expected to pass on your message. That is a basic exercise to learn, as so regularly we are hesitant to be immediate and clear in what we think, need and feel.