7 Types of Non Verbal Communication Skills
- Body movements
Consider how your perceptions of people are affected by the way they sit, walk, stand, or hold their head. Body movements can be used to reinforce or emphasize what a person is saying and also offer information about the emotions and attitudes of a person. However, it is also possible for body movements to conflict with what is said.
You may wave, point, beckon, or use your hands when arguing or speaking animatedly, often expressing yourself with gestures without thinking. The meaning of some gestures can be very different across cultures. While the OK sign made with the hand, for example, conveys a positive message in English-speaking countries, it’s consider offensive in countries such as Germany, Russia, and Brazil. So, it’s important to be careful of how you use gestures to avoid misinterpretation.
- Eye contact
Eye contact is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to make a person feel recognized, understood and validated. Eye contact is an immensely powerful capability that creates better connections, keeps people honest and generally enriches relationships. With a bit of practice, you can become a master of this essential skill.
Para-language simply says – it’s not what you say but how you say it and is a big part of nonverbal communication. We use this nonverbal cue every day. Our tone of voice can reveal an underlying message. It may modify or nuance meaning, or convey emotion, such as prosody, pitch, volume, intonation etc.
- Personal space
Closeness or personal space (proxemics), which determines the level of intimacy, and which varies very much by culture; Personal space is the region into which you allow people with whom you have good rapport. Aiming to make your receiver comfortable will always improve the communication.
- Facial expressions
The human face is extremely expressive, able to convey countless emotions without saying a word. And unlike some forms of non verbal communication, facial expressions are universal. The facial expressions for happiness, sadness, anger, surprise, fear, and disgust are the same across cultures.
- Physiological changes
for example, you may sweat or blink more when you are nervous, and your heart rate is also likely to increase. These are almost impossible to control consciously and are therefore a very important indicator of mental state.
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