Discussion Question Week 3

How do groups communicate verbally and non-verbally?

It’s no secret that verbal communication hasn’t always been around. That’s why non-verbal communication can be such an important and effective way to communicate with people. Some looks people give can be a better way of understanding what message the person in trying convey than the actual things that person says. For example, if I make a joke in front of my mom that she doesn’t approve of, I know immediately that it upsets her, she doesn’t even need to tell me. Her face gets scrunched up, her arms cross and I make sure to fix the situation in any way I can. Sometimes this way of communicating is unintentional and for my picture example that is especially true. The picture is from years back and it shows my grandfather gambling at my family’s house during a party. Gamblers rely mostly on the cards they receive, but a large amount of information can be derived from the different facial expressions and other odd movements of the opponent thought to be completely unintentional. This information can be used to learn about your opponents possible hand and any tactics they thinks are being kept a secret. The ways communication can be accomplished are vast and all are important. Just the other day I was visiting the Syverson senior living home here in Eau Claire. I played my guitar from room to room for some of the elderly people there and I soon found out that its essential to be able to use touch and hand signals to communicate where most of the time standard speech won’t cut it. Image

Discussion Question: Week 3

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.

Dr. Williams and his discussion on leadership via how one communicates

Discussion Week Three.

How do groups communicate verbally and nonverbally?

Groups communicate verbally and nonverbally through expressions of the body and words. Groups can communicate verbally through the internet, radio, television, newspaper, telephone, or by mouth. Verbal communication between groups allows for groups to express, in detail, their message intentions. Many times we see people combine verbal and nonverbal tactics to communicate. If we were to look at the presidential race we might see Barrack Obama or Mitt Romney expressing their viewpoints with much emotion. You won’t see Mitt Romney smiling as he encourages you not to vote for Obama but rather he expresses a state of certainty upon his face. The same applies to Obama about Romney. Nonverbal communication expresses the emotions, while verbal communication describes the heart of the message. Groups use both tactics in everyday tasks. It is a very common procedure. I come to think about football coaches yelling as they try to correct players mistakes. They are stressing the importance of correcting the mistake by their yelling and most likely their body language. Groups who can express their voice through verbal and nonverbal communication has the power to go far. They have the power to influence and become powerful groups. Verbal and nonverbal communication go hand in hand. Groups see the importance of this concept and utilize it.

This picture is of my freshman football team cheering after a win. Looking at the picture alone, our nonverbal communication shows that we are a team with a common purpose and that we are excited! Our verbal communication can not be fully described due to the fact that we do not have a video of the same situation, but one can assume the verbal communication is cheering. We show that by shouting and using our nonverbal communication of smiling.


Discussion Week 2 Picture

My picture is a picture of my friend Adam and me. Though no one is talking in the picture, we both are in stances that show we are willing to talk or have the capability to communicate easily. I am using my hand as a signal to help describe what I am saying. Adam is sitting there with his hand on his chin as if he was listening intently. The body signs we give each other show others that we are talking and discussing. Language and symbols show our communication in this picture. The language is assumed, but the picture shows symbols of communication between two friends having a fun discussion.


Discussion Week 2 Picture

By: Shelby Schroeder

My picture is of a group of girls in a dorm working together to create door stops for their doors.  These girls are all talking and communicating about their different ideas to make their own door stops unique.  However they also communicate simply by working together.  Sometimes when people work together they can be completely silent but are communicating towards the same goal.  It shows that people don’t necessarily need to speak to bond or communicate.  Verbally they are all talking, but non verbally they are  showing each other that they are comfortable with each other with their body language.  For me personally, you can tell when a group really gets along with each other by their body language.  A group of people who don’t know each other might stand far apart from each other, but friends, like these girls in the dorms are more willing to interact with one another.  Overall I think this picture shows that interacting through and activity is a good way to establish a group, rather than just talking to people.


Discussion Question 3

Marina Eggen: Group Communication

There are many ways groups can communicate when the people are all together in one place.  Now with the use of technology groups can also communicate when they are not even in the same city.  This is a picture of my mom, dad, two brothers, and myself just after we had a conversation on Skype.  Even though my parents live in Hortonville, my brothers live in Madison, and I live here we were all able to talk to each other at one time.  We could all see each other faces and hear each other voices.  Verbally my siblings and I told college stories and my mom and dad smiled and laughed at them.  Nonverbally, we all shook our head at my oldest brother, and laughed at my brother Alex.  For some stories the nonverbal communication was different between my brothers and my parents.  I could tell from my parents’ face that they are so proud of all three of us for getting this far.  We did this all online too.  It is so easy to stay in touch with a group of people who you don’t see everyday through technology. Image