Question: How do groups communicate verbally and nonverbally?
Communication in general is the process of sending and receiving messages that allows human beings to share skills, knowledge, and attitudes. Even though most people will assume that communication is identified with speech, it is actually composed of two dimensions – verbal and nonverbal. Communication without the use of words can be classified as nonverbal communication. It in turn includes apparent behaviors such as body language, facial expressions, eyes and eye contact, touching, and tone of voice. It can even convey a less obvious messages for example the way one dresses themselves, the posture that they hold themselves, and the spatial distance between two or more people. Verbal communication will consist of the usage of words along with how the words are arranged in order to fulfill a sentience of explaining an object or subject. But even words have limitations, there are always situations when we unintentionally use nonverbal communication to explain something, for example a shape, size or even a direction of where something is. Nonverbal signs are powerful, it is almost as if they express those inner feelings that are never said. Nonverbal messages are more likely to be more genuine because they are not as easily controlled like spoken words. Nonverbal signals can also express inner feelings that are inappropriate to state at a certain time, social etiquette limits what can be said but not done in times.
The picture below is of a class on leadership that I went to when I was at Badger Boy’s State. The instructor (bald man in red) is named Dr. Williams and the students (all the young gentlemen) show how both nonverbal along with verbal communication is being used within a group. Notice how Dr. Williams is arching his body along with using his hands within the picture to show how one subject coexists with another. Notice the eye contact that the majority of the students are giving to him. The body posture of the students along with the facial expressions show that they are intrigued by what is being shared. Notice that the symbols on the power point are those of Applebee’s and McDonalds. The smiles on the faces of the students can explain that Dr. Williams is making a joke about how they are both the same. Needless to say that every communication seen throughout life has some type of nonverbal communication within it.