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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Power of Communication

Is there a book for every problem?

As a librarian, naturally I turn to books for help. Currently on my night stand are How to Talk So Teens Will Listen & Listen So Teens Will Talk, Staying Connected to Your Teenager, and Wonderful Ways to Love a Teen ... even when it seems impossible. Need I say more?

Librarian to Hit the Books Again

Recently I decided to apply to grad school to study communication. I became inspired to do this after reading Bruno Kahne's Lessons of Silence. In this article, he describes his approach to training corporate executives to communicate more effectively. His unique method is to employ people who are deaf as the trainers. They do not teach sign language; instead they demonstrate deaf cultural behaviors that allow them to communicate effectively. I realized then the significance of the behavioral changes I have made and continue to make as I face communication challenges on a daily basis. I began to consider how experiencing hearing loss made me become a more attentive and strategic listener. I wondered if anyone besides Kahne had studied this and thought I would like to do that type of research.

But mainly, I want to further my knowledge of communication and hone my writing and speaking skills so I can be more effective as an advocate for people with hearing loss.


Anonymous said...

I found Lessons of Silence an interesting read. You are going to be a busy girl getting back into studies.

All the best to you. I am sure you will find it all very interesting.

Jennifer said...

Love the article you reference here. So much wisdom! I am always amazed at the amount of genuine listening that DOES NOT happen with hearing folks. I always say, "I can't hear, but I can listen" Cheers to you in furthering your education - thank you in advance for helping all of us with hearing loss.