No matter if you are trying to get that new management position, having a casual conversation with a friend, or toasting your buddy at his bachelor party, the following nonverbal communication examples will show you just how important those little signs are that you think no one notices.
There is so much more to talking than the spoken word. The first of many nonverbal communication examples we will talk about is the facial expression. Facial expression will show just exactly what it is you are feeling. Whether you are angry, happy, tired, or sad, your face will let the world know it.
Unless you are numb from the neck up, and believe me there are those days, your facial expressions play a large role in how the world around you perceives you and your feelings. The meanings of all these different facial expressions are pretty much universal worldwide so there should be no misunderstandings even if you do not know the language.
Nonverbal Communication Examples
Eye contact goes, excuse the pun, hand in hand with facial expressions as the leading form of nonverbal communication. Maintaining eye contact with someone who is speaking with you will ensure that they can trust you and what you are saying. Having a look of confidence on your face will go a long way to solidifying that trust.
Believe it or not, how you sit, stand, or otherwise hold yourself while speaking or listening to someone speak will tell them whether or not you seem interested in the subject at hand. If you are yawning and constantly looking around and fidgeting they might correctly assume that you just do not want to be there.
On the other hand, if you are attentive and sitting quietly they will know that you are fully into the conversation and not feel like they are taking up your precious time. Studies have shown that the manner in which people move and hold themselves in any given situation “communicates a wealth of information to the world.”
Next in line after eye contact and facial expressions come hand gestures and movements. There are many hand gestures for each and every culture on earth. Not all of them mean the same things to every culture though. The OK sign means just that in America but in other countries it can be insulting to those who are part of that culture.
In ancient times, the peoples did not speak because their vocal cords were not fully developed. They used hand gestures to convey meanings and words about all subjects. Some tribes were able to make sounds or maybe a few spoken words but mostly they used their hands for all communication.
The last of many nonverbal communication examples we will go over is the actual physical space between you and whomever you are communicating with. This physical space is usually referred to as your personal bubble and it is different for every situation you find yourself in. A close friend, for example, will be able to get a lot closer to you than, say, your boss at work. You will automatically keep a longer, more professional, distance from your boss because he is your boss.