22 May 2012
When the question, “What do you think of when you hear the word communication?” is asked, usually the first or second response is “speaking.” Of course that is an important component, but the area of nonverbal communication, research indicates, is more “telling” of our thoughts than the verbal words we speak (Clark, 2004). Communication is often expressed either verbally, nonverbally, written, or visually. The focus of this paper is to discuss and examine communication that does not involve verbal stimuli. This type of communication is commonly referred to as Demonstrative Communication. Demonstrative ...view middle of the document...
These behaviors are sometimes used as the sole channel for communicating a message. Nonverbal signals can be used without verbal communication to convey messages; when nonverbal behavior does not effectively communicate a message; verbal methods are used to enhance understanding (www.selfgrowth.com, n.d). No matter how well an individual verbally communicate, the message can be distorted if the sender’s body language or nonverbal communication reflects something other than they are trying to convey to the audience.
Communication styles can be just as different as an individual’s personality. Positive communication helps an individual connect to the sender or receiver. Benefits of positive communication can cause less stress and saying words such as ”please” and “thank you” convey respect and acknowledge others with dignity and respect. Nonverbal messages should also be positive.
Conversing with someone who has negative communication skills can be a very unpleasant experience. Negative communication can include rumors, misinformation, misinterpretation, and incomplete information. Individuals displaying negative communicative traits are normally not good listeners and tend to interrupt a conversation with their own thoughts and opinions. The display of negative body language can also leave a bad impression on the sender. Someone who slouches, cross their arms, has roaming eyes, or check their watch during communication can be perceived as being disinterested or rude to the sender of the message.
Effective communication skills will help develop business and personal relationships. Effective communication requires a person to understand the emotion behind the information (Robinson, Segal, Segal, 2012). Possessing effective communication skills is likely the key to unlocking doors as one progress through life and can also destroy a person’s life. Effective communication decreases misunderstanding and errors between the sender and the receiver and allow them to become more aware. Effective communication combines a set of skills including nonverbal communication, attentive listening, the ability to manage stress in the moment, and the capacity to recognize and understand your own emotions and those of the person you are communicating with (Robinson, Segal, Segal, 2012).
The way a message is sent and received is important when communicating to anyone.
Unclear message, bad timing, speed, and overuse of jargon are examples of poor or ineffective...