Nonverbal Communication Reflection

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Maria finally got the big promotion she had been wanting for a while, and is telling all of her friends! As she tells her friends the good news, you would probably see her smiling, and hear the pitch of her voice raise in excitement. You would also likely see many of Maria’s friends hugging her in congratulations, and see them smile as well. Smiling, hugging, and raising the pitch of your voice all play a part in communicating this exciting information. Although it typically comes natural to us, this conversation would not be the same without those actions, which are part of nonverbal communication. In my previous reflection report I mentioned that communication is important, and proved that everyone should try to be a more proficient communicator.…show more content…
Thus, it can get misinterpreted as easily as verbal communication. One great example of facial displays causing miscommunication happened to me a year ago. One of my coworkers was ranting to me about some unfortunate events that had happened to her recently. The events did not seem all that bad to me, but I wanted to sympathize with her and convey how unbelievably crazy I thought it was. I smiled as I scoffed with wide eyes to show that I could not believe what was happening. That is not the message she decoded from my reaction, however. Instead, she asked me why I was smiling and what I found so funny, and appeared visibly upset. In order to fix the situation, I had to drop my smile and apologize to her about the…show more content…
In order to be efficient communicators, we must utilize nonverbal communication. There are many positive ways that nonverbals aid in our communication, such as conveying moments when we are joking, or telling others more about ourselves through the artifacts we own and present to the world. Although nonverbal communication achieves so much, it is complex and leaves much room for miscommunication to happen. Thus, both verbal and nonverbal communication are essential for effective
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