Discuss the importance of nonverbal communication in the communication process

Discuss the importance of nonverbal communication in the communication process

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Nonverbal communication is very important in the communication process. Nonverbal communication replaces or compliments verbal communication, regulates conversation, reflects cultural values and establishes relational-level meanings. One reason why nonverbal communication is important is that it replaces or compliments verbal communication. This type of nonverbal communication is helpful in emphasizing parts of communication that you want your audience to pay particular attention to. If I am debating a topic I will raise my voice when I am talking about the most important point. My audience will pay greater attention to this point then the beginning points. Nonverbal communication can enhance a conversation. Saying happy birthday with straight face isn't going to get you much of a reaction from the other person. But if you wish someone with a bright smile you will get better feedback making the conversation livelier. Fourth, nonverbal messages reveal hidden meanings behind someone's words. For example, if you ask somebody to hang out and they're playing with their fingers while replying 'ummm maybe some other time, I'm busy' what they are really saying is that they don't enjoy your company. Also, nonverbal behavior replaces verbal words. Yawning during a speech tells the speaker that you think their speech is boring without having to say so. As you can see, if nonverbal communication didn't replace or compliment certain aspects of verbal communication, communication wouldn't be as meaningful. The process of communication would be more boring and wouldn't inform people of messages outside the content level. Nonverbal communication regulates conversation by starting it and ending it person to person. For example, if somebody looks at you they indicate that they want
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you to say something likewise when a person pauses after talking this indicates that they are finished and it is time for the other person to start. Nobody tells anyone else when they can start and stop talking verbally. It would be exhausting and rude always telling people to shut up or always saying when it's your turn. There would be too many arguments and too many if, ands, or buts disrupting the flow of the conversation. This way, however, conversation can run smoothly. Nonverbal communication reflects the cultural norms of communication in a culture. This is important because you know how to communicate with a certain group of people. Also, when you communicate in way the other person feels comfortable, you get farther in your conversation. For example, if you keep a distance of four feet while talking to an Arab man he might assume that you don't want to talk and you want to stay away from him. If you travel to an economic Arab country, like Dubai, to make a business deal you will get farther if you are closer to the person. This shows that you are interested in talking with the person and you are really alert to what they say. On the
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This note was uploaded on 09/10/2011 for the course SPC 74E3344 taught by Professor Pachter,marcie during the Fall '10 term at Palm Beach Community College.

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Discuss the importance of nonverbal communication in the communication process

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