How far do you agree with this following statement? "The non-verbal form of communication is just as important as the verbal" Could you please explain the verbal/non-verbal, and compare and...

 How far do you agree with this following statement?

"The non-verbal form of communication is just as important as the verbal"

Could you please explain the verbal/non-verbal, and compare and contrast them as well.

Thank you in advance!

Expert Answers
mizzwillie eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I  think the above posts answer the questions you asked.  As an  eighth grade teacher, non-verbal communication had to be addressed at the beginning of the year as one of my four rules and stated as NO INAPPROPRIATE LANGUAGE.  I had to clearly explain that of course that included the usual words which they already knew were forbidden, but in addition it would include any negative non-verbal language.  Most of the implied or non-verbal messages were negative about other students, so when the first one appeared, the student was confronted immediately.  My classroom became much safer for students, and the students learned that they could work with anyone whether they liked them or not.

As a crisis counselor in a jail, non-verbal language is the key to knowing what to do or say to help.  Because it is subject to misinterpretation, I often use active listening to check if I have understood correctly when I ask or observe them feeling anxious.

I guess my real answer is that for me, non-verbal outweighs the words being spoken.

ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Non-verbal communication involves any way a message is communicated without the use of language. It includes, but is not limited to "facial expressions, gestures, posture and tone of voice". Scientists who study non verbal communication believe that true feeling are often communicated more accurately using non-verbal than verbal language. "Some studies have shown that between 60 and 90 percent of a message's effect may come from non-verbal clues." Thus, in the classroom, the teacher must be aware of both the verbal and non-verbal messages students are sending and be especially aware of non-verbal messages that are being communicated to students by their body language, appearance and tone of voice.

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As a former classroom teacher I feel that my non-verbal communication determined how much classroom management I had to do before I could teach. As I got more experienced I was able to use the nonverbal to take care of or avoid a lot of classroom behavior problems.

alilion | Student

It helps emphasize what you trying to get across i.e. the use of body language

starcrosslil | Student

As a post-graduate student, I studied a module on distance/ on-line learning as an eductional tool. Although the technology, support structures and discussion groups were more than adequate the major disadvantage was the lack of visual and aural contact, neither of which were permitted in the study.

Briefly, my conclusions were that, while this form of study had much to recommend it in term of dissemination and response to information and learning, the tutor could not fully assess levels of comprehension, identify stress or difficulty and respond to the individual accordingly. Similarly, students found it harder to express difficulty when it involved committing their problems to prose as opposed to asking for assistance. Higher levels of inadequacy and insecurity were reported, often over trivial matters, as a result of being unable to discuss or share issues in person. 

andra33 | Student

In a public presentation, only 5% of the message is transmitted through oral communication, while 38% is transmitted through voice and 55% through body language. Therefore, for a successful speaker is essential to understand the importance of nonverbal communication, in a speech and the way in which it can be improved. Nonverbal communication importance was demonstrated in 1967 by Albert Mehrabian.

Experienced speakers can use certain tricks that help them to convince the audience. For example, without saying in words that they are against an idea, they support their point with an ironic smile, creating a reaction of opposition to what they just said. Smile is an element that helps the speaker to attract the public goodwill, because it expresses friendship, safety and self esteem.

The look is another important factor in nonverbal communication. In the absence of visual contact, the speaker induces feeling of insecurity to the audience. Permanent eye contact is crucial for getting goodwill and trust.

The lack of gestures makes the speech to become boring. On the other hand, using gestures excessively induces agitation and an uncomfortable feeling to the audience. The speaker’s gestures must draw attention on his words, without annoying the public.

gilwreath | Student

As a Special Education teacher who uses the non-verbal communication to deescalate behavior in the classroom, I agree with your statement. In self-defense classes they teach you to be aware of the way you walk and carry yourself as that communicates to predators if you will be an easy victim or cause them a problem. Watching children playing you can also tell who is the leader by the way they walk and the way others react by moving or slouching out of their way.

Non-verbal communication is easily mis-understood. I've experienced it myself by the way others have reacted to my facial expressions. There have been times where I am in pain as well as being stressed with a dead line, this shows on my face. An individual may stop me and ask a question before seeing my expression. Once I turn to see them and respond, some have come back to me later and shared how they felt like I was angry with them, even if the verbal response is positive.