What Is The Importance Of Non-verbal Communication?


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Nouman Umar Profile
Nouman Umar answered
It is any message you give other than the literal interpretation of your words. The way you move, speak and appear. Our words make up only a portion of what we communicate and what we do not say is sometimes more important than what we do say. A noted anthropologist with the unforgettable name of Ray Birdwhistell estimates that the non-verbal element accounts for 65 percent of what gets communicated when you speak.

Another expert Albert Mehrabian estimates the non-verbal share at as high as98 percent. Using such precise percentages to describe something as imprecise as communication may seem a bit ridiculous, but nonetheless most people today are aware of and know the importance of non-verbal communication. In-fact, for a concept so important, it is hard to believe that the idea of non verbal communication is so new. The word non verbal first appeared in a book title as recently as 1956 the term body language was invented in 1970.

Non verbal communication is so important because most people believe how you say it more then what you say. If you say, "yeah that is a great idea" in a sarcastic tone of voice the person to whom you are talking will probably believe your tone no the meaning of your words.
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Joan answered
A child first learns to communicate with those around him by using his non-verbal skills...pointing, clenching his fist, clapping his hands when excited, slapping away objects he does not want, etc.  Therefore,  those sills are more highly developed in the beginning than is his speech. By combining non-verbal and verbal when trying to reach the children you have a better chance to "make the connection".  The attention factor is another reason to use non-verbal communication.  Listening and concentrating have not yet devolved into a perfected stage in the primary level.  Movement (the non-verbal communication) of any type is retained at that level better than listening.  An example:  If you have a child misbehaving and you say STOP, he may not even slow down.  But, if you say STOP and put up your hand in the stop sign mode, it is much more likely to get the desired results.
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Anonymous answered
Broadly speaking, there are two basic categories of non-verbal language:
Nonverbal messages produced by the body;
nonverbal messages produced by the broad setting (time, space, silence)

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