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Nonverbal Communication

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Claire Sarfatis

on 10 September 2014

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Transcript of Nonverbal Communication

Nonverbal Communication
Body Language
Eye Contact
Eye contact
is important because insufficient or excessive eye contact can create communication barriers. In relationships, it serves to show intimacy, attention, and influence.Yet too little eye contact may also be viewed negatively, because it may convey a lack of interest, inattention, or even mistrust. Therefore "Never trust a person who doesn't look you in the eyes." In contrast however, in many other parts of the world (mainly in Asian countries), a person's lack of eye contact toward an authority figure signifies respect and deference.
Nonverbal Communication In Other Cultures
of our culture's more positive gestures could land you in a lot of trouble overseas. For Example:
Please answer on a sheet of notebook paper.
What percentage of communication does body language make up?
True or False: Facial Expressions are dependent on culture and differ around the world.
What are two signs that someone may be lying?
What is one American gesture that would not be acceptable in another country?
What does it mean when someone doesnt make a lot of eye contact when speaking?

The Basics
A "thumps up" in Arab countries
Body language
refers to the physical nonverbal signals which make up a huge part of daily communication. From our body movements, we can convey volumes of information without speaking a word.
According to various researchers,
body language is thought to account for between 50 to 70 percent of all communication. Understanding body language is important but it is also essential to remember to note other cues such as context and to look at signals as a group rather than focusing on a single action.
Patting a Buddhist on the head
Nonverbal communication
is communication without words. It includes apparent behaviors such as facial expressions, eyes, touching and tone of voice, as well as less obvious messages such as one's outfit, one's posture, and the spatial distance between two or more people.
Facial Expressions
How to Tell if Someone is Lying
Facial expressions
are a very important aspect of nonverbal communication, and are largely international. When people all around the world experience different emotions, they express each of them in the same way. Also, even when people are consciously trying to hide their true emotional reactions, they will express those emotions in micro-expressions, which appear on the face for a fraction of a second.

Because of
how important facial expressions are in communication, it is important to be able to understand and interpret their meanings, and then react to them. However, facial expressions cannot tell you what the person is reacting to and can be easily misinterpreted, and should therefore not be the only method used to interpret someone's feelings during a conversation.
There are
many nonverbal signs which indicate dishonesty- if a person is lying, they are likely to do the following-
Move their head quickly
Repeat themselves
Cover their mouth
Blink either too much or too little
Look up and to the side before speaking
Clear their throat
Fidget with their clothes or hair, or shuffle their feet
Nonverbal communication
is an integral part of everyday communication. Even without words, one can deliver a message via nonverbals. This is demonstrated extremely well by the game Charades.
Communication Applications by McCutcheon, Schaffer, and Wycoff
1. 50 to 70%
2. False
3. Touching their face, abnormal blinking, etc.
4. Giving someone a thumbs up

Tone of Voice
The way you speak
can determine the message your audience receives. Especially to little kids, the tone in one's voice can tell them if you are mad, sad, or happy.

Tips for speaking

Pause before emphasizing an important word or concept. Doing that will make you punch out what comes next, showing the audience that it is important.
Include dialogue in your speech. Narrating a conversation will cause you to vary speaking rate and volume to accommodate the different characters in your story so that your tone of voice will be more expressive.
help give one's speech more depth and emotion by highlighting the words that are being said. While you speak, hand motions help get your information out. Also, gestures project earnestness, enthusiasm, and sincerity because, when using gestures, you are making your manner and actions affirm with what you say. This makes gestures extremely effective at relaying a message out to the group you are talking too.
Posture has great significance in interpreting body language. Postulating (adopting a posture) is very general approach for adjusting – relating with and defending ourselves from various physical environments, social situations, objects and persons. Posture speaks loudly.Adopting a posture has been hard coded in our subconscious minds since millions of year as primary defense and adaptive mechanism. Our aquatic ancestors started adopting postures and we got them in genes. Unlike facial expressions or voice, posture can be observed or sensed from long distance thus it has power to convey message to many.
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