With the lockdown preventing too many people from seeing their family and friends, we need to do all we can to make tangible connections now that we are on the phone or while using our video applications. Let’s help you do just that:
1. Connect with your ears: This is the time to listen more. Are you aware that making use of deep listening techniques can make people feel totally understood? It is very true. When you give your total attention to the speaker without being judgmental in any way, they will always cherish their communication with you.
2. Connect with your eyes: Director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Prof Jeremy Bailenson had this to say, “Research shows that when we increase eye contact, others pay more attention to us.”
However, video calls could be a problem nowadays, because, on several devices, the camera is positioned at the edge of the screen. To correct this, however, just raise your laptop and it will film you at eye level.
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3. Connecting without touch: Professor of technology and communication at University College London, Carey Jewitt believes the absence of touch in online conversations will pose a bigger problem.
His words, “Touch is our first sense, we feel it in the womb and it’s key to giving and receiving information and to help us bond.”
To fix this, just feel the connection by thinking about the fact that, even if we are not meant to be close to one another during the pandemic, we are all in this together.
Post credit: BBC.com.
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