Sunday, January 3, 2016
noun: communication; plural noun: communications
the imparting or exchanging of information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium.
For my work as an educator and life coach, I have to be at the top of my game in communication. Towards the end of last school term, the "littlies" were becoming rather excited about Christmas and therefore more rambunctious than usual. I decided that we would conduct our class in silence. The result was magic. Using their imagination, the children acted out their thoughts and opinions, wrote key words on the whiteboard, drew pictures. The lesson was one of our most fun and successful ones of 2015. I will use the communication tool of silence in the future.
What other means of communication do you use? As you will see from the above definition, communication takes place using a variety of mediums. What, if any, impact has my use of colours in the heading had on you? What have the colours communicated to you?
On researching colour as a coaching tool, I came across an interesting Swiss psychologist, Professor Max Luscher, who uses colour to connect with emotions. In a nutshell he maintains that words are all well and good but it's hard to deeply feel, just as a result of a word. Colours, on the other hand, hit the body and soul.
Now we don't have to delve in deep if we don't want to. For example, I have just finished a coaching session with a client, who has a teenage daughter. We are focussing on the positives and this week she is going to put coloured post-its where her daughter will easily see them, celebrating all the wonderful things her daughter is doing.
So if you want to add a tool to your communication toolbox, add a splash of colour!