Inspiring Conversations – Social Media For Business Enhancement By Agnelorajesh Athaide
The way we communicate and express emotions has become very visible and interactive. Social media is all about creativity, competition, creation, collaboration, communication, community, connectivity and convergence. It’s a combination of various activities that integrate technology, social interaction, and the construction of words, pictures, videos and audio. It’s people having conversations online in live mode or convenient response time mode.
STUDENTS WITH ASPERGER’S DEVELOP SOCIAL SKILLS THROUGH INTERACTION WITH HORSES
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In this video clip, a social thinking instructor points out the benefits of non-mounted equine-assisted activities as her students, who are all young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome, are seen engaging in activities with semi-wild Florida Cracker horses on a 4700-acre nature preserve and then directing specially trained horses through an obstacle course utilizing appropriate non-verbal communication.
Dr. Temple Grandin, one of the leading experts on autism, has pointed out similarities between how individuals with autism and animals appear to think. The similarity lies in the fact that both groups think primarily in pictures–that is, visually. Hence, one can see that persons “on the spectrum” may be comfortable and build confidence from interaction with other visual thinkers, thereby practicing and honing non-verbal communication skills, which can later be transferred to interactions with other humans. Communicating with horses on the ground enables these individuals to focus solely on body language, eliminating the sometimes, confusing world of socially-related language skills.
Additionally, individuals with autism often experience high levels of anxiety, and therefore may easily relate to horses, which happen to be animals of prey and, therefore, operate out of a fear-based decision-making process. Individuals with autism can often identify with these animals and their emotional reactivity.
Other benefits of working with horses come from their non-judgmental nature, which allows individuals who are deemed “different,” and who may have been rejected in human social circles, to feel socially accepted and welcomed.
Horses can also provide opportunities for persons with autism to practice the art of reading intentionality. This is an important element of what is known as “social thinking,” which refers to the ability to judge what others are thinking and perceiving, so as to formulate appropriate actions and responses in social settings.
How To Optimize Social Interactions: A Lesson On Presence From Amy Cuddy
Being your true self means being present under trying circumstances, but that takes practices and a certain amount of self-knowledge. Here’s what you need to know to get started. Cuddy’s latest book is ”
Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges” (
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Transcript – Presence is the state of being attuned to, and able to comfortably express, your true self — so your best qualities, your core values, your personality — and really to do so under stressful circumstances. Because when you can do that, you’re then able to kind of let your guard down and hear what’s actually happening in the situation rather than what you fear might be happening. Presence comes from knowing your story, you know, really knowing who you are — so knowing what your core values are, what makes you you. What’s one of the things about you that can’t be changed, no matter how you perform in this negotiation or on this math test?
So it comes from knowing who you are, accepting who you are, believing your story and then being able to access those things. And sometimes people have all of that but they can’t access it. So when they get into that stressful situation they go into fight-or-flight mode, and they basically shut down, and a wall comes up, and now they can’t access the very tools that they actually possess to do well in that situations. So they can’t be present. It’s just not possible.
Everyone has these biggest challenges and they are situations that we approach with a sense of dread that we execute with anxiety and distraction. We’re thinking about what they might be thinking of us, what we should have said two minutes ago, what’s going to happen in the future. And then we leave them with a sense of regret, feel that we weren’t seen. Now these big challenges vary dramatically across people. So for some people it might be a job interview. For a lot of people it’s a job interview. For some people it might be relationship conflict at home. For other people it might be going to see the doctor and, you know, making sure that you’re getting all the information you need. So it varies dramatically but I think there are sort of two key elements. Read Full Transcript Here:
Natural Language Interaction With ISA Handling, Consequence And Basic Social Reasoning
Here we see the DIARC architecture controlling a Nao robot in a simple natural language based interaction. The robot is able to obey both literal and non-literal directives. It is also able to appropriately reject commands based on reasoning regarding action effects. In this case, it rejects commands that can possibly result in harm to itself (walking into solid objects). It also rejects directives that it is not obligated to do based on the relative social relationship between the robot and user.
Business & Basic Etiquette : Social Interaction Tips At Formal Gatherings
When at a formal gathering, begin social interactions by entering the room with confidence, making eye contact and introducing yourself to others. Offer a strong handshake to other guests with tips in this free video from an image and etiquette consultant.
Expert: Gabriela Garzon
Bio: Gabriela Garzon is the principal of G.G. Image & Etiquette Consulting in Miami, Fla., which is a full-service provider of image consulting, professional and personal etiquette.
Filmmaker: Paul Muller