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Communication is no doubt one of the most difficult challenge to face for individuals, especially in an environment where communicating with others is inevitable. Communication, for me, can sometimes also brings in challenges despite my strengths.
One of the challenges is when I’m placed in an environment full of strangers. It is a struggle for me to build the courage to be the first one to speak up and introduce myself or just casually start-up a conversation. Another I discovered is that I can be too direct in my speech delivery in a certain situation or any rhetorical question thrown at me. There will be times where I had to take a step back and assess the emotions surrounding the situation or the person I am conversing with before having to deliver out my thoughts verbally. With close friends, it may not be an issue but with new friends or acquaintances, neutralising my words still produce quite a challenge.
For my strength in communication is that I can easily build up a conversation with someone. This is especially when the conversation is about a new interesting topic or a topic of my interest. Another strength of mine that I have come to realise is that I tend to be very expressive with my body language and hand gestures. For someone that is inarticulate especially in expressing inner feelings, I tend to show more non-verbal cue in my conversations that express my interest and attention to the conversation. This has helped my family and friends to be able to understand the message I’m trying to tell them with my inarticulation of my inner feelings. I remembered a time where it was during one of the game exercises my secondary school friends and I had to do for some youth programme some years ago. It was a game exercise where each pair had different scenarios to role-play for 8 minutes in front of everyone. To no surprise, mine was about a client counselling about her broken relationship. Boy, I was breaking in cold sweat and had clammy hands while I was in front of the class. Long story short, I was one of the few that had the lowest score and had a tête-à-tête with the youth leader. I may have come a long way since then but it is still a long process of improving.
Two objectives that I would like to learn in this current module is to have the confidence and ability to start a conversation with new people and in different environment settings and also being able to be more articulative in expressing myself when conversing.