Soft skills the most important thing in molding an individual!

Learning soft skills is a natural phenomena for any individual. A sighted person just copies what others do.
However, what about an visually impaired person?
How do they get these very essential skills instilled in them, unless someone shows them personally?
Our 26th June session covers this very point.
Come join us and learn the importance of these skills!

How does a VI issue cheques independently?

On behalf of Alex Mendonca

i am facing problem of writing cheque .Signing is not problem in my case but to write the amount and the name to whom the cheque is issued i have to depend on others and this can prove dangerous some day.What should i do is there any answer to this.or is there any
provision in the printer to print the cheques Also mail to me what is this signature guide.

Summary of Voice Vision’s 24th July 2010 session.

The topic for the session conducted on 24th July 2010, was Professional Soft Skills and was conducted by Mr. Rajesh Mehta, Career Development program manager Growth Markets – HR IST Learning, IBM Global Services India pvt ltd.

Following were the points covered by him at the session

  • Time Management
  • Nuances of communication
  • Vitality of effective listening
  • Importance of Behavioral skills in daily endeavors
  • Power of positive thinking
  • Elements to be considered while preparing for an interview

He started of the session with sharing his experience during his college days, outlining the difficulties in choosing a career path in those days, especially in the situation where one used to get caught between abundance of job opportunities and an acute shortage of resources for visually impaired people. He went on to say that just being a graduate wouldn’t help any one to have a successful career, especially in today’s competitive world. He emphasized on the vitality of behavioral skills and how that is a prime requirement in an individual over and above his or her technical knowledge. It is the only thing that makes or breaks a person’s career.

Treading the path of communication and its criticality in getting any job accomplished, he dealt with the art of physical listening and the power of reflective listening. He briefed upon several tips to communicate effectively in a meeting, during one-to-one conversations and during social get-togethers. One needs to be well equipped with proper verbal and written communication, alongside delivering the message in a precise and concise manner, as ‘time’ tops the chart of scarcity.

He further went on to touch the topic of “networking”. He elaborated on the importance of networking, and why it’s essential in not only reaching out to many allied, but also be resourceful when helping others. This includes interacting and coordinating with people across the organizational structure and hierarchy.

Lastly he spoke on how one should present oneself when one is going for an interview. One needs to carry oneself well with regards to one’s body language, dressing style, attitude, gesture, facial expression in short one’s overall personality should be pleasant and positive. From an interviewer’s point of view, he stressed that he or she should make the candidate feel comfortable during the interview process.

He concluded the session by answering to questions on effective communication, professional behavior and need for qualification par excellence to survive. The audience was enthralled by the whole session, and posed questions to him post the session as well.

Comments by a few of the attendees:

“I got a lot of valuable information from this session like the importance of Developing professional relationship and social networking, and the proper way of presenting ourselves before an interview.”

“This session has helped me to understand the importance of listening and developing communication skills.”

“This session was very fruitful as it gave lot of input in helping us to develop our professional skills and we learnt how to interact with people in a healthy way.”

A brief snippet from the 28th August meeting! Part I

What happens when one knows, or attempts to know the good and bad about oneself? What happens when one strives to reach out to others with the repository of good qualities that one possesses?

It helps in the process of self-evaluation and introspection. In today’s challenging environment where the world is moving faster than you think, it is essential to know ‘oneself before taking the plunge to discover new innate qualities in others, leading to the phase of enhancing relationships which is a constant scenario.

This was exactly what happened at the very start of the meeting/workshop conducted by Voice Vision on the 28th of August 2010. Mrs. Asha Bhatia who conducted a workshop encapsulating the professional and social soft skills, started off with taking people’s introductions by asking them to point out their ‘one’ good quality. Many people pointed out their qualities of strength like “emotional understanding”, “easy social interaction”, “patience” etc. However, the exercise proved to be difficult for some as they had so many qualities to speak of, that it was difficult to select one amongst them. The vitality of this exercise can be felt in not only knowing one’s strengths which could come handy during professional interviews, but also a different way of breaking the ice during sessions and conversations.

Stay tuned to this space, post your comments & queries until next week to know more from this enlightening meet. Some tips. Some tricks. Some knowledge. Some wisdom. Till then “ponder and practice.”

Weekly snippet of our 28th August meeting! Part II

It is often said “The message is communicated effectively, not when one communicates it, but when it’s understood by the recipient in the intended manner.” Demonstrating the above statement, Ms. Asha Bhatia conducted a small activity in the meeting held on the 28th of August as a part of Voice Vision’s monthly get-togethers.

She split the overall participants into teams of two and gave them the task of speaking of a ‘thing’ by one person of the team to the other and addressing it by some other name. For example people were asked to speak about ‘parents’ by referring to them as sunflower to their other team members.

This tested the creativity, presence of one’s mind and effectiveness of one’s communication. It also demonstrated how difficult it is to have one thing in mind and use another word to describe it. The second activity further drilled into the realm of creativity, where one member of the team was asked to imagine anything in the world, and describe the same to their partners by addressing it as some random word in the English dictionary. They say “the proof of the pudding is in its eating”, which was precisely the expected outcome of the activity. The other member of the team had to guess the right thing through the references.

Communicating is not difficult, but it’s wasted when it doesn’t serve the purpose. It can be planned as well as impromptu. So why don’t you all share with us your most effective mode of communicating “effectively”? It could be tried and tested, proven and worth trying and testing. Pore in your views till we bring you more from the concluded meeting.

Till then “Absorb… Think… And Communicate!”

Weekly snippet of our 28th August meeting! Part III

After understanding the vitality of ‘communication’ and the criticality of the same in major ‘deal makers’ and ‘deal breakers’, the Voice Vision’s Meeting of August 28th took on the support systems.

Ms. Asha Bhatia then focused on the support systems that add structure to one’s communicable message. She focused on the gestures, body postures, and summed it up with some manners that would help us go a long way alongside our daily intake of food (Table Manners).

She spelt out some tricks with regards to ‘being approachable’ and how should one act when one approaches someone. Open-arms portray a person’s welcoming behavior, up-right body structure exhibits confidence, a smile resembles air of pleasant atmosphere, were just some of the tips that were harped upon by Ms. Bhatia. Then she took the audience close to the table, and advised the people to maintain some distance from the table, not dominate the table by resting both your hands on it and wait for the food when it’s served rather than reaching out for it. She also outlined the art of eating with the ‘fork’ on the left hand and the knife/spoon on the right, a complete avoidance of cell-phone-talks while eating and total control of munching sound while eating.

People had a hands-on experience through the demonstration that was performed by Ms. Bhatia. We would like to hear more dinner/lunch stories relating to approaching them from you all. Difficulties, funny incidents, innovative ways to make the waiter listen to you and many more. Let us exchange some healthy ‘food’ for thought on this virtual restaurant of ours…

Till next week, let’s eat… Feed… and spread a lot of good deeds.

Weekly snippet of our 28th August meeting Part IV

Well, after understanding the importance of one’s strengths, learning the art of communicating, and observing the right manners and postures while interacting with others, the August session then focused on the art of building a network using the very same qualities.

A network is what connects people from diverse backgrounds, religions or creeds and binds them under a common goal of being of some help to each other. At our August session, our second guest speaker, Mr. Hari Raghavan, Partner relationship manager, CSI, IBM India pvt ltd, stressed upon “Networking” being an art. For building it one needs to possess a few key qualities. After all, quality is what makes or breaks a person. The relationships one establishes depend largely upon the qualities one possesses.

So, do you think you possess the right qualities required to build a good network?

Would you like to find out?

Well then, stay tuned and you will get to know!

Letter by DGCA to CEO’s of all airlines.

Great news!

Following the case where a visually impaired passenger was denied boarding by a reputed airline, the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued a circular dated 13th June 2011.

This circular states that “no airline shall refuse to carry persons with disability or persons with reduced mobility. All the airlines are directed to formulate a detailed policy for carriage of disabled persons or persons with reduced mobility including blind and publish the same on their respective website. All the airlines are also directed to make the same available at different airports and also sensitize their employees in this regard.”

If anyone needs the original pdf copy of this circular, please feel free to contact us.

Find the text version below.

Visually impaired handling a person at the time of heart attack!

After my final exams, I went to my bachelor uncle’s house in Chennai for few days. He’s a very fun loving person and enjoys eating. He stays alone and have little acidity and indigestion problem. One night all of a sudden, I heard some noise of difficult breathing, as I am a visually impaired, I followed the voice and found uncle is having tremendous breathing problem and was perspiring too much.
He was trying to say something through indications, because he was unable to speak, I also could not make out his facial expressions. I could not understand, whether he was having convulsions or not? I tried to give him some water to drink, but he could not take it in! I was suspecting a case of choking some food stuff. Found myself helpless to be of any help, because neither the doctor’s phone number was with me nor I was in a position to go out and call the neighbours due to the language issue and lay out of the area.
I was extremely confused and tensed,, fear of something unexpected, really made me more stressful.

Friends what should be the immediate action and correct measures to deal with these kind of situations, share your thoughts from a visually impaired person’s view. Simultaneously suggest what necessary remedies, uncle could have taken to make my job easier in giving him first aid and providing him comfort fast?

How birth blind children can learn and understand their surroundings.

When children are young they are learning to identify and label the world. Blind children are no different. They need to become familiar with the world,
too. Familiarization develops orientation. For the sighted child, vision puts them in the action. For the blind child touch, sound, and movement puts them
in the action, too. You cannot label the world for a blind child by touching it for him. To be meaningful the experience must come from the child’s own action.
When there is a blind child in a family, parents and other members close to the child should give the appropriate information and concepts, that sighted children naturally acquire by visual observation. Parents are the primary educators for their child; therefore they need to give additional time and attention to their special child.
Appropriate information include- (which things are around the child, who are there in the room or house, what coloured dress is the child wearing, what type of food is been given to the child etc.
Concepts of day and night, light and darkness, different colours and difference between shapes, structures and sizes should be cleared.

For children who cannot see, sound, touch and smell are the only three ways to learn the surrounding and various objects around them.
Parents should interact much from the beginning with the child to help in understanding the environment better. Telling them about those things which they cannot see and touch, like- (sky, sun, stars, moon, trees, birds, flowers and other animals etc, can be explained by models with proper descriptions. Children spend a lot of time in playing while seeing the ceiling fans or lights or pictures, calendars on the wall, colourful toys and other objects etc, with blind child parents have to compensate that time.
Blind children recognize people or things by their voice, sense of touch and smell. Gradually they start responding to familiar voices and sounds, which they listen regularly. Smell of perfumes or few other fragrances also helps the baby to recognize familiar people and food items. Different sounds of various toys, animals etc are very easily distinguished by them, they also recognize the common voices and touch of people, who attend them regularly and They feel safe and secured with them only. They easily identify the voices of strangers handling or attending them by their touch and voice. They identify people, especially ladies by their accessories, like- watches, bangles, ear rings, finger rings etc. Males are mostly identified by watches or if they have any specific extraordinary thing. They also can recognize the familiar objects which they touch regularly, like- the common toys they play with, [ soft or hard toy it is, whether it is big or small, even the shapes also, they can easily make out the difference between a new and old objects. They recognize them by the texture, shape and size. Parents should be very alert while keeping the child on beds or chairs etc, because they would not be able to judge the edges and might fell and hurt themselves. There are several techniques to teach the child about all these. A large portion of the child’s waking time is playtime and toys are skill-enhancing instruments. During playing the child is introduced to objects in the world.
Parents have to be very careful in the toy selection, because due to many hard toys, there is a possibility for the child to get hurt. Sharp toys should be avoided.