Effective communication is necessary both personally and professionally, this also includes nonverbal communication. According to research, most of our communication is portrayed through nonverbal communication. Understanding nonverbal communication can help you express what you mean, build better relationships, get through challenging situations, and help you connect with others.
Nonverbal communication, or body language, is an unconscious, natural language that communicates our true feelings and intentions in any given moment, and gives us a clue as to what those around us are feeling and their intentions.
These gestures we make include the way we sit, how fast or loud we talk, how close we stand, and how much eye contact we make. The way you react tells the other person whether or not you care, it lets them know if you’re being honest, and if you are listening well. Others will consider you more trustworthy when your verbal and nonverbal signals match up. When your signals don’t match up it can cause tension, mistrust, and confusion.
Being sensitive to all forms of nonverbal cues will help you communicate better at home and at work. Remember to also be aware of what you are communication non-verbally so that you don’t send the wrong message.