Whether you are speaking verbally or using props and body language, you want to get a message across. Every detail of your communication is being listened to and interpreted. How you read a bedtime story would be animated compared to the somber tone of an obituary. Communication projects are designed to make you aware of your style to enhance your communication.
Project to Get to the Point
One of the areas a person can develop in communication is "getting to the point," focusing on a specific purpose without going off topic. Participants interested in developing communication skills can engage in a getting-to-the-point project by selecting a topic, preparing a speech specific to the topic, and reinforcing the topic in the opening, body and conclusion while working on a sincere delivery. The timeframe for each person's project should be between five to seven minutes.
Project of Communicating with Props
A writer on the website Businessballs recommends learning to communicate with props to create an impact. Props create interest, add humor and give variety to your presentation. Props have a physical presence which can create powerful and memorable metaphors. For example, the Businessballs writer notes that chopsticks may represent trying new things. A hammer could represent impact and power themes. A magnifying glass could suggest the theme of seeking and discovering.
Project to Develop Body Language Communication
Role-playing can be an interactive project to practice using only body language with no verbal communication. For example, you could present a variety of situations -- it is 11:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve and the bus is late, or friends getting together after a funeral or family members having a fight. After each role play, the class can gain a greater understanding of the subtleties of body language as they discuss what they believe the presenter's body language was communicating.
Project to Develop Pace and Pitch
Pace and pitch are communication skills that can be learned with practice. To work on pitch, ask your participants to count up to ten starting on a comfortably low tone working the tone higher without straining, then come back down. Serious content is going to be paced more slowly than upbeat content. Have your participants practice reading stories painfully slowly, then read an obituary very quickly, then reread at an appropriate rate. This project will make participants aware of what feels right with pace and pitch.
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