Verbal and Non verbal communication: role of the body language
Being an English language cum soft skills trainer I realized the importance of body language in various training program and workshop that body language matters a lot in life but a few people focus on it. People are always communicating through non verbal [body] language or their verbal language. Communication - an ongoing process of sending and receiving messages – enables us to share knowledge, express attitudes and demonstrate skills. The most effective and persuasive communication occurs when verbal and nonverbal messages are in sync, creating communication synergy.
Body language is the unspoken or non-verbal mode of communication that we use in every single aspect of our interaction with another person. It is like a mirror that tells us what the other person thinks and feels in response to our words or actions. Body language or nonverbal communication includes: Facial Expressions, Eye Contact, Touching, Tone of Voice, Dress, Posture, And Spatial Distance
Would you believe that in real life situations, 55% of the messages that we convey to other people are transmitted through body language and the actual verbal communication accounts for the other 45% - 38% in tone of voice and only 7% in the words we use?
Our ability to use body language in a positive way and to read other people's minds through their body language separates the men from the boys (or women from girls), and can be a powerful tool to our overall personality development. Imagine creating a great impression for work, business, and love by being knowledgeable in this not-so-common yet powerful field of study. It is the unspoken tool to a successful life.
Eye contact- Everybody knows that eye contact is of paramount importance in all face-to-face communication. When we look at somebody face we primarily focus on his eyes and try to understand what he means.
Gesture -The physical movement of arms, legs, hands, torso and head are known gestures. They play a very important role in conveying meaning without using words.
Posture - In any face-to-face communication or meeting or interview the way we hold our head, body shape and posture is very important.
People think all the time. But different individuals make different body movements based on the type and intensity of their thinking. The importance of good body language is every time required in job interview, presenting something, teaching and training time, flirting , mirroring , selling and dealing with clients. Your action speak louder than words
Action speaks louder than words and body language is the literal translation to this statement. If time is a factor in the delivery of a meaning, body language may be the way to communicate. This is another essence of action speaking louder than words.
Body language is made available to us naturally. It comes spontaneously. All you need to do is to know how to interpret and develop it to its full potential. Don’t deny yourself this skill. Yes, this is a skill.
Director [American Institute Of English language Pvt Ltd. Kota