Nonverbal Communication: Messages Beyond Words

1. For each of the social situations below, list as many specific nonverbal behaviors as you can that you believe will achieve the stated goal. To obtain these specific nonverbal behaviors, draw from all the categories of nonverbal behavior that are discussed in your textbook, including: body movement (e.g., orientation, posture, gestures, face/eyes); voice; touch; appearance; physical space; physical environment; and time. 

Example: Initiate conversation with a stranger at a party: Make eye contact, offer hand in greeting, smile, come within four feet of other person, turn body toward other person, nod occasionally when other is talking.

A. Take control or exercise leadership in a class group.

B. Come across well in a job interview.

C. Tell an interesting joke or story.

D. Appear friendly and warm without “coming on too strong.”

E. Signal your desire to leave a conversation when the other person keeps on talking.

F. Appear confident when asking boss for a raise.

G. Appear interested in class lecture.

H. Avoid talking with a person on a plane or bus.

I. Show kindness toward an elderly relative.

J. Appear concerned about a friend’s dilemma.

2. Reflect on the behavior of yourself and others important to you. How might you change some of the nonverbal cues you display to communicate what you desire more effectively? 

***Remember that your initial post must be at least 400 words, and each of your responses to two of your group members must be at least 100-150 words.

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