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Non Verbal Communication Methods and Factors That Affect It

BY: Jo Justin | Category: Education | Submitted: 2010-03-03 10:09:23
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Communication is an important part of life. There are many people who have good communication skills, but are not able to use it to the maximum because of the type of work that they do, where there may be minimal communications skills required. There are other people who need communications skills, but they may have inadequate skills. There are different kinds of communication skills and the two main types are the verbal communication and non verbal communication.

The various factors that affect the non verbal communication and factors that affect them are as follows:

1. Environment:

The environment plays a important role in the communication process non verbally because it can affect the various attributes of the person. For example, when a person is trying to communicate with gestures to another person, factors like the distance between them, the presence of other people and also the place in which they are present can deter the quality and the extent of the communication. This is the main method in which the environment affects the non verbal communication.

2. Appearance:

The appearance of a person can also affect the non verbal communication. The reason for this is that only when the individual has a certain appearance will the other people be interested in the process of communication. The appearance of some people puts you off and there are many other people whose appearance makes you to want to talk to them more. Try to be in the second category for your communication to be effective.

3. Eye contact:

Eye contact is a very important aspect of communication. When a speaker talks without eye contact, then the audience will not be interested in the talk. Other than this, there is a great chance of distraction for the person who is listening and also the person who is communicating when there is no eye contact.

4. Posture:

The posture makes or breaks the communication. The main aspect of the posture is that a person can appear to be interested or disinterested in what is being said. This is a visible and highly noticeable activity. Posture is an important aspect of non verbal communication. A speaker who is leaning forward appears very interested in the audience and a speaker who sits out of the sight of the audience is rarely noticed.

5. Gestures:

Gestures are an important part of the non verbal communication and a speaker who talks with gestures appears more dramatic and there are more followers to this kind of speaker. Gestures also make the speaker look more inviting and there are more listeners to a speaker who makes gestures. Gestures should be able to make an impact on the people who are listening to you.

6. Facial expression:

The facial expression plays a major role in the non verbal communication. A person who has a great expression while talking is able to communicate more things to the audience than a person who has an expressionless face. This is a strategy that is increasingly being employed by many great speakers.

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