Nonverbal Communication

Scarlett Massengale

What is Nonverbal Communication?

Nonverbal communication are wordless signals that we give out unconsciously. Which allow you to provide feedback to others, support or contradict what you are saying, and say things without actually saying it.

There is different types of nonverbal communication such as facial expressions, gestures, eye contact, outward appearance, and body language. All these things can say different things about you.

Outward Appearance

One type of nonverbal communication is your outward appearance. This is how you present yourself. It can be your clothing, hairstyle, hygiene, accessories, and much more. Since these are the first thing people see it says a little about you, without having to say a word. When you first look at someone you may be able to tell their culture, mood, interests, and/or confidence level. For example, if you apply for a job you should dress for that occasion by wearing something business like instead of your comfortable pajamas. This will tell the boss that you are serious about the job.

Body Language

Body language is another type of nonverbal communication, which includes posture and gestures.

Posture is the position of a person body when standing or sitting. There are two different types; open and closed. Open posture is when your feet are spread wide and your palms are facing outward while you are standing or sitting straight. This posture is inviting and friendly. Closed posture is the opposite of open posture, it makes you seem unapproachable and hostile. This posture is when you are hunched over, have your arms across your chest, and have your palms facing downwards.

Gestures are movements of the body to express an idea. Hand and head gestures are the most noticeable. However we often do these gestures without thinking.

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