What is non-verbal communication? Non-verbal communication is communication that does not involve words.
Examples: Non-verbal communication can take many forms. For example, it might involve:
- Body language.
- Facial expressions.
- Visual images.
- Non-verbal sounds (such as laughing or sighing).
Importance of non-verbal communication.
Many of us use non-verbal communication. But, why is it so important? Read on to find out.
1. Authentic: some people argue that, no matter what we say, body language is an authentic representation of our mind.
2. Universal: even if two people speak different languages, they can still understand each other’s facial expressions and gestures.
3. Ideal for non-verbal people: some people do not communicate via language, whether due to a disability or because they prefer not to.
4. Connectedness: communicating via non-verbal language provides a sense of physical connectedness that we do not always get with words.
5. Spontaneous: non-verbal communication can be more fun and spontaneous.
6. Subtle: non-verbal communication (e.g. slightly raising an eyebrow to indicate disbelief) can also be very subtle.
7. Expressive: non-verbal communication can be just as expressive as words.
How much attention do you pay to non-verbal communication techniques?