Looking through Johari’s Window
Interpreters and educators must first uncover their own expectations, obstacles and biases in order to help others find and overcome theirs. This knowledge of self or “emotional intelligence” has several distinct and increasingly important aspects:
- Awareness of self involves ongoing examination to identify conscious and unconscious bias which results from personal experience and perspectives.
- Self-monitoring helps interpreters and educators be aware of and express their own thoughts, feelings and behaviors in constructive and professional ways
- Facilitating social interactions involves understanding and respecting the thoughts, emotions, needs and concerns of others, and reading emotional, behavioral and social cues to help people engage and interact respectfully, even when they disagree.
Johari’s window is a tool for gaining awareness of self through self disclosure and seeking feedback. By “opening” your Johari’s window, you become more effective and productive in your life, and can help others do the same.
Looking for more on Reducing Bias?
- Check out the lesson plan-recognizing and reducing bias
Looking For More on Audience Centered Experiences?
You can find much more self-guided learning and all of the materials for making yourself an ACE in the Audience Centered Experience Interpretation workbook.
You can find links to seasonal lesson plans which support this emerging skill set in the Audience Centered Experience Trainers’ Guide.