What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. Imagine your co-worker storms into her office after lunch. She throws her briefcase on the desk, plops down in her chair and glares out the window. Which message do you believe: Her nonverbal communication behavior and voice tone , or her verbal one words alone?
Role of facial expressions in social interactions
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Understanding Body Language and Facial Expressions
Body language is the use of physical behavior, expressions, and mannerisms to communicate nonverbally, often done instinctively rather than consciously. All of your nonverbal behaviors—the gestures you make, your posture, your tone of voice, how much eye contact you make—send strong messages. In some instances, what comes out of your mouth and what you communicate through your body language may be two totally different things. When faced with such mixed signals, the listener has to choose whether to believe your verbal or nonverbal message. However, by improving how you understand and use nonverbal communication, you can express what you really mean, connect better with others, and build stronger, more rewarding relationships.
Consider how body language—posture, eye contact and more—can augment or undermine your message. Used in conjunction with verbal communication , these tools can help punctuate, reinforce, emphasize, and enliven your message. Nonverbal cues help create shared meaning in any communication.