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Gestures Reinforce your Message!
Researchers continue to add to our knowledge of nonverbal communication. Today, we know that body language is an intricate form of communication that works in conjunction with the spoken word.
Nonverbal signals are used in communication to perform one of six functions – to reinforce, contradict, complement, substitute, accent, or regulate our verbal messages.
We’ll take a look at each of those operations individually over the next couple of weeks.
So let’s begin with the first one.
Nonverbal behavior often serves to repeat or reinforce what is being said verbally. We do this all the time without even realizing it.
Have you ever given someone directions to anywhere – the nearest gas station, the airport, the men’s room? Sure.
Have you ever given someone directions without using your hands? Try it sometime – you’ll probably feel a little silly. Better question: would you trust directions from someone who doesn’t use their hands?
"Oh yes, go west, down two blocks, until you see a large brick building on the left. Turn right, and then left. You’ll see the hospital straight ahead. Good luck, take care, bye!"
Strange isn’t it? It’s almost impossible to direct someone verbally, without reinforcing our message with gestures like pointing or facing the right direction. And it’s also just a little weird.
Here’s a little fun you can have in a 10 minute conversation with someone today.
In the first 5 minutes, discretely, pay attention to how many reinforcing gestures are conveyed to you. Note the use of their hand and body movements as well as the use of facial expressions when they communicate.
Then, in the next 5 minutes, try not to use any non verbal reinforcing behavior yourself as you continue the conversation. Now, observe how the other person’s interaction with you begins to change and how ineffective your message being conveyed, has just become.
It may even begin to make you feel quite uncomfortable and incongruent.
This experiment is your first step to honing your non verbal communication skills, so for goodness sakes, have fun with it!
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