Verbal Communication And Nonverbal Communication Essay

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Nonverbal Communication
Introduction
Communication is evident in two forms, verbal communication and nonverbal communication. Nonverbal communication is the process used by any person to stimulate a specific meaning in the mind of another person by using nonverbal messages (Richmond, McCroskey, & Powell, 2013, p. 30). Although many people perceive verbal communication as being the most impactful, nonverbal communication is in fact more important. It has been calculated that two-thirds of messages in any form of communication is likely to be done so using nonverbal messages (Richmond et al., 2013, p. 30). Nonverbal messages include gestures, body movements, facial expressions, tone of voice, and many other factors. Often times, the first form of communication is done by implementing components of nonverbal behavior. Even after the initial interaction, nonverbal communication is often believed more than verbal communication (Richmond et al., 2013, p. 32). For example, assume a person verbally tells another person that they are happy to see them, but they are not smiling or they are crossing their arms. These facial or body movements send a nonverbal message that will typically be perceived “louder” than the verbal message being spoken. This is not meant to give the impression that one may only use nonverbal messages. In fact, most times verbal and nonverbal messages work concurrently for an interaction to have the most efficiency. Nonverbal communication has six primary…

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