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Explain the difference between verbal and non verbal communication

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Posted January 18, 2011 at 8:26 AM via web

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Explain the difference between verbal and non verbal communication

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fernholz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 26, 2011 at 1:35 AM (Answer #1)

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Verbal communication is face-to-face conversation between people. It includes sounds, words, or speaking. Tone of voice, volume, and pitch are all ways to effectively communicate verbally.

Nonverbal communication includes gestures, facial expressions, body movement, timing, touch, and anything else done without speaking. People seem to notice nonverbal communication more than verbal. For this reason, it's important to control yourself nonverbally.

Language barriers sometimes affect communication. American gestures mean different things in different countries. It's important to be aware of these different meanings when traveling or working with people from a different culture.

Nonverbal combined with verbal communication can be interpreted in different ways. People may seemed very confused if someone is speaking politely while swearing at them. Usually people's verbal communication signals their mood. Communication can either be seen as passive or agressive depending on both verbal and nonverbal clues.

The combination of both verbal and nonverbal communication is key to effectively communciating with other people.

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