Effective communication

We can all benefit from pertinent verbal descriptions of presentation slides and visual meeting information. Here’s why.

Have you ever attended a meeting via conference call while other attendees were there in person? If so, you likely understand how difficult it can be to follow along with pertinent slide information that you can’t see, or to know who’s speaking during the discussion period. The same holds true when your view is obstructed by taller audience members at an event, or for anyone who is blind or partially sighted.

A recent talk by a Described Video Specialist highlighted how a few, well-chosen, descriptive words can significantly increase message clarity for those who can’t see pertinent visual information. For example, instead of saying “As you can see in this chart…”, a more effective approach would be to say, “As you can see in this population chart…”. When someone asks a question, addressing that person by name will provide additional context to the question. You could begin your reply with, “That’s a good question, Lisa.”

A few additional words can make a significant difference to those who are blind or partially sighted, or even to those who are sighted. Effective communication is about reaching everyone, isn’t it?