Category Archives: Nonverbal Communication

How to be a better orator

Dear All, An orator is a person who speaks publicly and can convey his/her ideas clearly and convincingly. Would you like to improve your oratory skills for a school, work, or even TedTalk presentation? If so, you may find this post of interest. Gestures, gestures, and gestures (Demosthenes in Pease & Pease, 2006, p. 156). …

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Gazing

Video credit: Vanessa Van Edwards, “The Three Types of Eye Gazing” August 4, 2014, via YouTube. Dear All, Have you ever heard the proverb, “Eyes are the mirror of soul”? This proverb means that eyes can communicate a lot of information, probably, even something beyond words. Indeed, eyes can communicate in different ways. This post …

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The biggest luxury

The biggest luxury is the luxury of human communication. Dear All: Have you ever dialed a phone number trying to reach a particular service and instead of a person you heard a recorded voice asking you to make a selection as to what you would like to do next? Most of us have, probably, had …

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Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, Boomers, Silent Generation

Video credit: Vanessa Van Edwards, “Communicating Across Generations” August 27, 2015, via YouTube. Dear All, In this post I would like to address the question of communication across generations. We already know that communication is a complex process involving multiple factors and multiple factors (e.g. “Speaking model“) need to be taken care of for success …

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Colours. What do they communicate?

Video credit: Vanessa Van Edwards, “Decoding colors how they affect behavior” January 7, 2014, via YouTube. Dear All, Have you ever felt that a certain colour is pleasant to eyes and another colour looks sad, yet another one is cheerful? This may be because each colour has a communicative potential on its own or in …

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Love language

Video credit: Vanessa Van Edwards, “What’s Your Love Language?” October 16, 2014, via YouTube. Dear All, In this video, Vanessa Van Edwards speaks about “love language”. “Love language” is defined as how we express our love and affection; and how we feel most loved and respected. According to the presenter, there exist five “love languages”: …

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The handshake across cultures

Dear All, This post discusses one of the most common nonverbal communication means, the handshake.  According to the Cambridge Dictionary online, handshake [ˈhændˌʃeɪk] is defined as “a greeting or expression of agreement in which two people who are facing each other take hold of each other’s right hands and move them up and down” (CDO, …

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As the tongue speaketh to the ear

As the tongue speaketh* to the ear, so the gesture speaketh to the eye (Bacon, 1605/2001, Book II, IX, p. 2). Dear All,We are so used to words that sometimes we may overlook nonverbal means of communication. The quote above by famous naturalist Sir Francis Bacon point at the importance of gestures. Indeed, the number …

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Proxemics: Personal space

Exploring various aspects of nonverbal communication in animals and humans, cultural anthropologist E.T. Hall (1966) came to the conclusion that around each person, there exists an invisible “bubble”, a personal space which can be measured with surprising accuracy. The term that he coined to refer to the branch of knowledge dealing with personal space was …

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Types of nonverbal communication

Image credit: European Parliament, “EP Journalism Prize 2011 winners are from France, Italy, Finland and Germany” October 19, 2011, via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. Nonverbal means of communication (NMC) have recently come to attention of linguists, anthropologists, psychologists, communication and discourse studies scholars. It is now a widely admitted fact that they play an important …

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“An elaborate and secret code”

[W]e respond to gestures with an extreme alertness and, one might almost say, in accordance with an elaborate and secret code that is written nowhere, known by none, and understood by all (Sapir, 1927, p. 556). This apt quote by Sapir (1927) points at two important characteristic features of gestures (1) our acute ability to …

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Albert Mehrabian

To follow up on the previous post, I would like to recommend one of my favourite books by Mehrabian, below is the reference: Mehrabian, A. (1981). Silent messages: Implicit communication of emotions and attitudes (2nd ed.). Belmont: Wadsworth. There is also an interesting interview with the scholar which can be accessed via the following link: …

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The importance of nonverbal means of communication

My interest in nonverbal means of communication began with the acquaintance of the research by Albert Mehrabian [mǝ ‘rӕ biǝn]1. He is a famous scholar who works in the field of Psychology and lives in the US. Interestingly, Mehrabian managed to prove experimentally that nonverbal means of communication are responsible for up to 93% of …

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Nonverbal: Allan Pease

Video credit: brescaed, “ALLAN PEASE – BODY LANGUAGE” June 18, 2007, via YouTube. This video features an Australian scholar and public speaker Allan Pease who is delivering one of his presentations. Pease has been active in both scholarly research and public presentations. Iaroslav

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