ARTICLE: Effective Ways to Improve Non-Verbal Communication

According to experts, 80% of the communication is non-verbal because they are commonly said to be 70 to 110 words per minute, but in that same minute in the brain, there are around 800 words, so all the words that are not said are expressed through the body.

For this reason, the body language and non-verbal communication workshop reviewed the characteristic points on which body language is focused; the posture, gestures, gestures and look, with the aim of identifying what a person expresses beyond words. There are several forms of non-verbal communication.

Active listening for enhanced communication is a significant point of effective communication which you should cover to have a command on the topic.

When a person has a firm posture it means that he does not express or that he is not very flexible when showing feelings; raising the head and projecting the chin forward expresses aggression and power; supporting the chin on the hand means evaluation.

Through the dynamics of the relationship with the people around us, silence still plays a highly important role.

Some believe that only through language can we express ourselves and in reality it is not so; the body constantly communicates through postures, movements, gestures, expressions, even when we do not use a single word. Following are the forms of the type of communication.

1. Eye contact and facial expressions-

In the process of conveying the emotions, facial expressions are at the top of the list of the available elements and options. Smiling and nodding by the receiver implies that he has got the meaning. The difficulties of the handed over task result in a frowned head or a headache can be the reason for the result.

You must have heard that eyes are the windows of the soul. Communication with a person who is wearing sunglasses is difficult. When we are talking to someone, we demand the other person to be fully engaged and listens to us effectively.

2. Gestures and postures-

Attitude and feelings can be imparted through the posture and the gesture and the way in which we stand and sit. The slumped posture indicates boredom and despondency. When we are calm and unnerved, we sit in a relaxed posture. Discomfort and uneasiness posture shows that we are not comfortable and nervous. In other words, we have come to know that even the small messages which our body language shares to the other person imparts big and decisive meanings about our interest in the communication. Avoiding the eye contact and moving slightly away from the desk are the indicators of the nervousness and the lack of interest.

3. Voice-

Pauses emphasis, speech rate, pitch, articulation, the volume are the elements of paralinguistic. The non-verbal vocalizations and sighing are the other ways in the effective communication. We can impart a great deal of communication through our voice. The variation of the pitch, tone and the vocal features are some of how we communicate a sense of interest and enthusiasm.

4. Personal Space and Distance-

Breaching of space always tends us to feel uncomfortable. The time when the personal space encroaches, it does not let us feel good. An indication of power balance, being instrumental in the reflecting attitudes, the creation of the feelings are the ways through which we can save ourselves from suffering from the result of personal space breach.

The non - verbal communication can help you read people, i.e., allows you to identify what your emotions, your mood if they feel, nervous, confident, happy, comfortable, intimidated.

Obviously, by achieving better communication, you achieve a better relationship. It is an interesting challenge to learn to use non-verbal language in corporate events, in this way you will get great advantages over the other attendees, so I suggest putting the following strategies into practice:

  1. Take care of your appearance: They say that "as they see you, they treat you", I recommend you to take care of yourself in your arrangement: the cleanliness, the hairstyle and the outfit say a lot about you. In any event, no one is interested in relating or doing business with someone who looks misaligned or has an unpleasant odor.
  2. Smile: The smile is an element that we have to generate confidence and eliminate barriers with people since it improves the ability to communicate, your facial expression is more pleasant, and you soften the behavior that others have with you. Smiling gives great advantages to your body, and sadly some studies show that while children do it on average 300 or 400 times a day, adults smile only 40 or 50 times approximately. I always advise you to take with you an oral cleaning kit to the events, whether it is brush, thread and toothpaste or if you are a man and it is complicated for you not to carry a bag, at least it has pills that help to keep good breath.
  3. Maintain eye contact: When you speak, I suggest you look directly into the eyes of the people you are addressing. I understand that for introverts it can be difficult, but not doing it is a lack of education, in addition to that, experts in the field, qualify who do not do it as a person who lies and who is not reliable. It is not about you looking for forced eye contact, as it will be uncomfortable, relax and only direct your gaze towards others in a relaxed and natural way.
  4. Pay attention to the movement of your arms and your hands: Move your hands excessively is a distraction for people if you want to pay attention to what you say do not abuse the movements of your limbs; use your hands only to emphasize certain points, do not exaggerate. The arms also communicate, for example, crossing them transmits that you feel uncomfortable or that you are closed to communication; and I recommend that you control your feet and legs so that you do not make noise or oscillations that can make you and others nervous.
  5. Shake hands with determination: There are several people who, out of nerves or grief, when they meet someone and shake their hand they do it very quickly or with little firmness; "Eye" force must be controlled. Through this type of non-verbal communication, you transmit to the person in front of you that you are reliable and sure of yourself.
  6. Do not invade personal space: Getting too close to a person you do not know in a meeting is usually uncomfortable. The ideal distance is 125 cm from the other person; Do not get too far away as it will make it difficult for you to listen to others and can be interpreted as lack of interest on your part.

Finally, I invite you to learn to observe and listen to people with attention. We all have important things to say and to transmit; Diminishing the importance of the gestures, movements and expressions of others will hinder success in your personal and professional relationships.

Non-Verbal language can be your ally or enemy when you link with others; However, if you do it properly you will be able to empathize with your interlocutor, and at the same time, you will receive opportunities to generate new business.