Ch 6 Interpersonal Communication Skill Packet

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Nonverbal communication is an essential part of life that people sometimes take for granted. It is amazing that there are so many non verbal gestures that we give off that we do not even realize we are making. Verbal communication coupled alongside nonverbal communication is the most effective way of getting your message across to an audience. The textbook “Looking Out, Looking In” has a great chapter on nonverbal communication which has many aspects that relate to my skill of developing good skills in using good manners and being polite. I did not realize that there are so many characteristics to non verbal communication because I literally lived my life thinking nothing about them. I really liked how the book broke down three aspects of non verbal communication and its intentions- (1) Identity management (2) Define the kinds of relationships we wish to have with others and (3) Conveying emotions (Adler, Pg. 202-203). In order for me to better be polite and have good manners I need to realize all three of these aspects when talking about my relationship with others. I need to know the identity management of me and the other person or person(s) involved in the communication. For example, the textbook gave an example of a police officer giving traffic signals to traffic (Adler, Pg. 202). The police officer is not saying that he has authority over citizens but the fact that he is giving out traffic signals and wearing a police uniform is telling citizens to be polite and have good manners for the officer or else they will be disrespectful and or breaking the law. Also, the textbook indicated that the relationships that we want to have with people can be conveyed through our non verbal messages shows that anything from texting in class to protesting at a rally will show what relationship you want with another person. The examples I used showcase things that will

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