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Non-Verbal Communication

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Hello friends, today I am posting about non-verbal communication. Nonverbal communication is the process of relaying messages and meanings without the use of words. 93 percent communicated meaning comes from nonverbal communication according to Albert Mehrabian, currently Professor Emeritus of Psychology, UCLA. Like verbal communication, non-verbal communication is guided by rules and influenced by culture. However, nonverbal communication is more honest way of communication. Though not as sophisticated as our vocal language, nonverbal communication is a better way of communicating sometimes. I found this interesting video on Nonverbal communication. The video is titled “A Fun Guide to Nonverbal Communication and Body Language“.

Sample Blog Posts & Resources

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Brainstorming: How to Write a Good Blog Post

Read the following sample blog posts and answer the following questions:

What is each post about?

How is the post structured?

In your opinion, what is a good blog post?

Comment: 

In the post about 18 benefits of educational blogging, which entries stood out to you? Why?

How would you like to use the blog as your learning tool this semester?

(1) “The 12 Dos and Don’ts of Writing a Blog”

The 12 Dos and Don’ts of Writing a Blog

(2) “Why Teachers and Students Should Blog: 18 Benefits of Educational Blogging”

Why Teachers And Students Should Blog: 18 Benefits of Educational Blogging

Additional Resources


Blogging Checklist

Student Blogs: Learning to Write in Digital Spaces

Free Graphic Design Tool

(1) www.canva.com

Tutorial Videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/canvadesign/videos

(2) piktochart.com

Tutorial Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0miFingOVhM_gPGPb-rEkA

Blogging Ideas

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One of my aims this semester is to develop a course blog with you. I believe it will provide a platform for us to learn to use digital tools as well as create and extend a learning community. I want this semester’s blogging to be a rewarding and enriching experience for everyone.

I know that everyone found the blog assignments to be unclear. Admittedly, the idea of blog posting was a little too open, but part of the reason for openness is that I want you to use the blog flexibly. To help you narrow down what you want to work on, here are my suggestions/tips for writing a blog post and using it as a learning tool.

 

Use the blog to improve your writing.

 

When I prompted you to discuss your anxieties about public speaking, some of you spoke about having difficulties structuring your speeches/presentations clearly and coherently.

How about using the blog post to develop your ideas and practice writing? The modes of delivery may be different because public speaking is an oral communication and a blog post is written. However, in essence, a speech and a blog post share a crucial commonality: delivering your message to the audience effectively.

Think of your blog post as an online presentation that you’re giving. Do your research, organize your thoughts, and present your information to the audience.

But also take advantage of what a blog allows you to do: you can be more informal and creative. Include multimedia sources such as images, videos, and links to other websites. Make it a fun experience for yourself and for your readers.

 

Prepare for the project with these tips:

 

WHAT

Think about a topic. What is it that you think is important for you and the reader/audience to know? What are you interested in? It has to be something worthy of sharing and worthy of your audience’s time and attention.

Who is your audience? People who are interested in communications!

Share what you have learned, in and outside the classroom.

HOW

Once you have decided on a topic, think about how it can be delivered for maximum effect. We talked in class about informative and persuasive speech. What is the purpose of your writing?

Do you want to inform your audience on how to insert an image in a blog post? Then perhaps the best structure for your post would be breaking down the process step by step. To help your audience follow your instructions, you can insert screen images for each step.

Or do you want to introduce your readers to the five best online sources where they can find good public speaking examples? Then you can list them in a certain order and compare the five websites. How are they different? One source may provide great speeches in history, and another source may specialize in more current topics. Which source would your audience find helpful? Why?

Or do you want to persuade your audience to take an action? It doesn’t have to be something big. For instance, if you find a particular source helpful and useful—let’s say TED Talks—and want to tell others to use it as a learning tool, you can write an interesting blog post about it. Tell your readers why you found it helpful. Insert a couple of videos to back up your point and to give your audience a snippet of what it is like.

In the process of writing, you will learn how to organize your thoughts. Knowing is one thing, and explaining is another. As you write a post to share your knowledge with others, you will find yourself growing too in your writing and in your thoughts.

 

Finally, one advantage that digital technology affords us is that we can always go back to the writing and edit it. You can start with a draft and gradually develop it into a full-fledged piece of writing. You can insert relevant images, videos, and links to other valuable sources to make your writing more informative and interesting. You will get feedback from me and your peers, which will help you fine-tune your writing further.

I hope you think of creating blog posts as an interesting and exciting project. I look forward to a fruitful semester, and hopefully, our blog will be an archive of our growth and achievement!

 

Active listening

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Hello class today I would like to talk to you all about active listening. The definition of active listening would be not just hearing what the other person / persons is saying, but also being more attentive and giving the correct feedback when it’s due. An example that I would like to use is one that I feel everyone can relate to that being when your parents or Guardians tell you to do something you don’t wanna do. Now you’re not going to actively listen at first, especially if you feel like they’re telling you to do something in a nagging manner the first thing you’re going to do is be like “yeah, yeah I heard you” And kind of brush it off but then when they get mad that you didn’t do what they asked because they were specific and direct with what they wanted to be done, and you weren’t listening at first then thats when the parents say ” See?thats what happens when you don’t listen to me!” In which your response would be “I heard you” and then the parent would say “you HEARD me but did you LISTEN to me” and that I feel is where a lot of people get confused with listening and actively listening. I truly believe that there are solutions to this problem of people not actively listening in conversations. the first solution I would say is to for starters, actually be interested in having a conversation with that person, if you’re more interested and actually more attentive while you’re having conversation with that person you won’t have to struggle with actively listening or trying to find the right thing to say back in the conversation. since you already are listening and actually into the conversation, you’ll have something to say back and it won’t come off as halfway listening or halfway giving the feedback that the other person may need at the time. second thing I would say is to not be distracted don’t have anything else you’re doing in that moment with the other person you’re trying to have a conversation with just because one, it’s a little rude especially when the person trying to have a serious conversation with you and you’re either on your phone or your doing anything that’s not being attentive to the other person’s needs and two, it just shows the person you actually really don’t care about what they’re saying so it’s just not going to be a good conversation after that point. So to sum up this long comment about actively listening, I think practicing more active listening skills like, like giving your undivided attention, collecting all the data that you receiving from the person,thinking about what you’re going to stay instead of having an automated response, and actually show more emotion in that moment with that person and I feel that will really help people become more successful in the active listening front. Thanks guys! Enjoy your evening! 😊

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