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Tips for Honing Your Non Verbal Communication Messages

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A substantial amount of our communication is nonverbal. Every day, we display and respond to thousands on nonverbal cues and behaviors including postures, facial expression, eye movement, hand gestures, and tone of voice. From our handshakes to our posture, nonverbal details reveal a lot more about who we are than we think.

Scientific research on nonverbal communication and behavior began with Charles Darwin's The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals published in 1872.  Since then, there has been quite a bit of research on the types, effects and expressions of unspoken communication and behavior. While these signals are often so subtle that we are not consciously aware of them, understanding what subconscious messages you unknowingly send to others, will help you understand how and why others perceive you as they do.

If you are wondering how others perceive you; think about the non-verbal messages you send.   If you are not sure, ask a trusted friend to give you honest feedback.   Small changes in your posture, facial expressions, and hand/arm gestures can have a huge impact on your relationships.

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1. Your Facial Expressions

Facial expressions are responsible for a huge proportion of nonverbal communication. Most of us have a “default” setting.   This is the facial expression we default to when we don’t think others are watching us.   Is your expression open and inviting or is it closed and guarded?   A closed and guarded expression will discourage people from approaching you. While an open, inviting expression will encourage interaction.  What is your default expression?  More importantly, does it reflect that way you want to be perceived?

With some practice, you can change it.  Decide how you want to be perceived, and practice a set of expressions that reflect this perception. 

Posted by Jean M. Rowan on 15th October, 2012 | Comments | Trackbacks
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