Difference Between Verbal And Nonverbal Communication
Verbal communication includes both face-to-face conversation between people and written communication. It includes sounds, words, or speaking.
Nonverbal communication includes gestures, facial expressions, body movement, timing, touch, and anything else done without speaking. People seem to notice nonverbal communication more than verbal. For this reason, it’s important to control yourself nonverbally. Tone of voice, volume, and pitch are all ways to effectively communicate nonverbally.
Language barriers sometimes affect communication. American gestures mean different things in different countries. It’s important to be aware of these different meanings when traveling or working with people from a different culture.
Nonverbal combined with verbal communication can be interpreted in different ways. People may seem very confused if someone is speaking in a polite tone while swearing at them. Usually people’s nonverbal communication signals their mood. Communication can either be seen as passive or aggressive depending on both verbal and nonverbal clues.
The combination of both verbal and nonverbal communication is key to effectively communicating with other people.