Improving Nonverbal Communication

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Some ways that law officials can improve nonverbal communication skills include; monitoring your own behavior, observing other officers while they are interrogating an offender, and attending classes that provide training on nonverbal communication. Knowing the functions of nonverbal communication is probably the best way to improve and recognize nonverbal communication. Monitoring your own behavior will help you to identify and improve your nonverbal communication skills. You will remember how you reacted to certain things, and look for this in offenders when questioning them. Observing your co-workers when they are conducting an investigation on offenders can also improve your nonverbal skills. The more training you have on something, the better you are at it. The best way to know that your perception of what is being communicated is accurate is to learn to interpret body signals of criminals or offenders. An example of knowing the body signals of an offender is; I had this one inmate that said he received a money order from his family but he did not receive it. When I called him up and asked him where the letter was, he looked away and said he didn’t have it anymore. I began to question him about when he received the letter, why he destroyed it, and etc. He began to get impatience, tap his foot and acted as if he was in a hurry to go somewhere. All these signals let me know that he was not being truthful with me. Kinesics is the study of body movements in communication. Knowing the nine categories of this study can help improve nonverbal communication skills. Knowing these signs can tell you if the offender understands you. Some nonverbal signs that can help you know that the person understands are; nodding of the head, leaning forward towards the speaker, making eye contact, and remaining silent. The best way for you to know if the person you are
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