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"the non-verbal of communication is an important as the verbal". How far do...

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sontae23 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 10, 2008 at 9:52 AM via web

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"the non-verbal of communication is an important as the verbal". How far do you agree?

I'm not sure if the essay above is asking me to firstly explain nonverbal and verbal, then compare and contrast, and then state that in some cases nonverbal is more important, for example, in the classroom and public speaking.

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beccamarie2986 | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 10, 2008 at 10:22 AM (Answer #1)

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I entirely agree that nonverbal communication is as important as verbal communication, and will go even further to say that nonverbal communication, in many cases, can be even more important.

Facial expression, hand gestures, and posture often tell the listener what the speaker is feeling, much more than what the speaker actually says.

However, in a technological world, where much communication is done over the phone or over email, sometimes verbal communication is all there is, so speakers will not always be able to rely on nonverbal communication aiding in getting a message across.

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kayon1450 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 14, 2009 at 5:08 AM (Answer #2)

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i disagree thier are both important in public speaking as well as in the classroom

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michellevas | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 20, 2009 at 2:30 AM (Answer #3)

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Non-Verbal Versus Verbal Communication

Communication is the watchword today in an era of advanced technology, innovations and globalisation. This skill is of immense value everywhere; whether at home or at work. Most people rely on verbal communication to get their message across. However, non-verbal forms of communication are by far superior to verbal communication. Studies show that with the thousands of messages sent and received throughout the day those that are communicated the best are the non-verbal forms of communication. Research confirms that Non-Verbal Communication comprises 93% of all communication with a whopping 55% being Body Language as a means of communication and 38% being Written Communication; whether formal or informal.

In conclusion, it is not only what you say but how you say it that matters in communication. The tone of voice, body posture, poise, grace, a smile, a pleasant appearance, a good dress sense, a positive attitude among others influence how your message will be received.

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