Author: Briana Schunzel
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More Important Than the Words You Say, Non-Verbal Communication Says It All
(May 15th, 2014)
By Briana Schunzel, Marketing Coordinator for Junior Volleyball Association
Nonverbal communication (noun): Communication between people involving sending and receiving wordless (mostly visual) cues. Nonverbal communication encompasses use of voice, facial expressions, and physical environments/appearance.
Unless you are someone who lives alone and never interacts with others, you are proficient in nonverbal communication. In fact, you are probably communicating nonverbally to someone right now. Nonverbal communication can get you pretty far, which is a lesson I learned after moving to a country where all I knew how to say was “yes,” “no” and “hello.” However, not all gestures or movements mean the same thing, and it’s important to understand what you are nonverbally communicating to others so that you are not misinterpreted. I learned that lesson the hard way in a restaurant in France.