Creating the Public Persona

Objective

The participants reflect on their personal skills, communication skills and competencies as deaf sign language users, in relation to a hearing environment.

Time

2 hours

Format & Materials

Interactive discussion, PowerPoint Presentation, Flipchart

Content

The public persona is how you present yourself to the outside world, as distinguished from the inner self.

Trainers and participants discuss:

  • linguistic and cultural differences between deaf and hearing worlds;
  • the kind of behaviour best suited to a professional or a political environment,
  • and how to nurture it and utilize these in different environments;
  • how to manage at an institutional level the relationship with different kinds of authorities;
  • how to introduce oneself effectively starting from the very first form of contact of shaking hands all the way to preparing strategies for different kinds of business & work appointments.