Non-verbal Communication: What You Don’t Say Is As Important As What You Do Say
Whether you’re a member of the faculty, a staff member, or a student at Georgia Southern, we all communicate non-verbally every day. What you don’t say can be as powerful as what you do say. That’s the message of a recent U.S. News and World Report article about ways to improve non-verbal communications. The article, written by Hallie Crawford, a certified career coach and expert contributor in the media, offers five points of which to be cognizant when communicating in office settings or in everyday life.
- Make eye contact with those with whom you are speaking
- Adjust your tone of voice to emphasize your interest in the subject
- Be careful to stand or sit in a way that indicates that others are important
- Use natural gestures to add weight to your words but take care to avoid being forced
- Be cognizant of your appearance so that you project professionalism