I am interested in three areas as follows: emotion, body language, and posture as non-verbal communication. A person is able to communicate with others through the use of non-verbal techniques that are known to the target group. Thus, both parties in the communication endeavor should be well versed with the language that the person delivering the speech is using. In most cases, non-verbal communications accompany verbal language because the two are complimentary. For example, if a person is in need of stressing something or an issue, then, he/she is more likely to use gestures to signal to the audience that the point he/she is making is critical. This will distinguish that particular issue from the rest of the communication endeavor or sessions. This paper therefore concentrates on the three premises outlined above. Specifically, they include body language, emotion and posture.
The first premise is an emotion that helps a person show his contentment or resentment from a point. Thus, a man is able to show his stand on something or some point through the use of emotions such as crying or being happy. To cry means that the person is not ready to accept the outcomes of an actor is losing through the implementation of a certain decision. One of the examples includes the first picture of Barak Obama the president of the United States announcing the end of a long war with Iraq. He seemed to be calm and composed giving this speech and the emotions shows some contentment. This insinuates that he is bold to end the war and was looking forward to a successful nation and rebuilding of the fallen Iraq government. At the same time, the facial expression shows serious individuals who are addressing the nation on national issues that pertain to the lives of the community. I am interested in emotions because some lead to mixed results such as crying due to happiness or sadness. Therefore, an individual will not be able to differentiate a person undergoing through tough times or in a celebration mood when the activities results to crying (Mokhtari, 2013, p. 58). However, the immediate reaction can be noted through emotions that a person demonstrates through facial expression or feelings. I can recall one instance in my life when I became happy for owning a bicycle. My father brought home a bicycle and I changed my mood immediately at the sight of the bicycle only to realize that it was for my brother. At this moment, I become sorrowful and would not eat for some time so as to deliver the message of unhappiness to my parents.
The second premise is about body language. This type of communication is common in ordinary communication where individuals utilize it to reinforce verbal conversation. This may include moving of hands and signaling contentment or anger. Nodding of head means that a person is in agreement with the information provided or supports the decision made by the actor or person addressing him/her. I therefore find this interesting because diverse strategies can be applied in delivering messages to intended audience. A common example would include the giggling of legs to appreciate a person especially in parliament and other assemblies of that nature. I can relate to the use of body language in my life especially when expressing anger. Whenever I am at logger’s head with my brother, I tend to use my hands to show my fury and this scares my offenders away. Thus, they tend to stay at a distance every time I use my hands to express anger (Hill et al., 2012, p. 67).
The last item on the list is the posture that includes sitting and standing in different positions. The position that a person sits or stands deeply describe the work or activities he/she is more likely to be involved in. It can also be an indication of what the person is feeling or expressing ideas. A posture is a communication method that has been used for a long time by those people with physical challenges. When somebody is listening keenly to another, the posture is such that they look up to them while holding their chin. This is a clear indication that a person is following the speech or is actively involved in the conversation. The narrator will be assured effective delivery of the speech. In a situation where a listener sits in a position that shows they are tired of listening, then, the speaker should immediately change the topic to ensure that he/she includes the audience in the conversation. For instance, some of the lessons that I attended in the secondary level of education used to be boring especially during afternoons. This would mean that most of the time I sat on the chair leaning on the wall. Thus, the instructor would call me as I dozed from time to time (Sinha, 2012, p. 69).
In conclusion, non-verbal communications are common forms of conversation that allows people to share ideas and information. This form of communication is limited in terms of geographical location and cultural diversity. A person from a diverse culture may take time to understand what another individual means through gesture.
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