Non-verbal Communication

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Non-verbal Communication

Communication is not limited to speaking. Communication includes body language, eye contact, facial expressions, and more. These aspects of communication are referred to as non-verbal communication. Non-verbal communication contributes to the way we perceive someone and also the way they perceive us.
There are five major parts to non-verbal communication:
1. Posture

How we sit or stand says a lot about how interested we are in a conversation. Leaning forward usually means that we are interested. Slouching or leaning another way can suggest boredom.

2. Gestures
Hand gestures can help enhance a message and also help translate meaning. Make sure your hand gestures are appropriate as fidgeting can express nervousness. A clenched fist can enhance power; a pointed finger can enhance an important point.
3. Eye Contact
Eye contact also says a lot about your interest in the conversation. If you constantly look away, that shows disinterest. If you look down, you may show shame or discomfort. Looking at the person who you are talking to shows confidence and looking at who is talking to you shows them that you are interested in what they have to say.
4. Facial Expressions
Facial expressions can enhance what you are saying or show that you are enjoying the conversation. Frowning can show disagreement, smiling can show excitement and a blank facial expression can show disinterest.
5. Vocal Qualities
What we say can dramatically be enhanced by how we project our voice when speaking. The qualities include volume (how loud), pitch (how high), and articulation (how clear). These qualities can make a conversation more interesting and exciting if used properly.
The best leaders can use non-verbal communication to increase the energy of an audience. This, in turn, motivates others to listen and learn. Your goal is to constantly think about how you can improve communication non-verbally.

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