Lesson 10: Global Perspectives on Non Verbal Communication Skills

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Language Skills


The objective of this lesson is to understand and effectively apply non-verbal communication skills in various global and cultural contexts. By the end of this lesson, learners will be able to identify and interpret non-verbal cues accurately, adapt their non-verbal communication style to different cultural settings, and enhance their overall interpersonal interactions across a diverse range of global environments.

Comprehensive Content Overview:

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Non-verbal communication encompasses various forms of expression without the use of words. It includes body language, facial expressions, gestures, posture, eye contact, space and territory (proxemics), touch (haptics), and paralinguistics (tone, pitch, and volume of voice). Understanding these elements is crucial for effective communication across different cultures.

In-depth Explanations with Actionable Insights:

  • Body Language: Observe and mirror the body language that is acceptable within a particular culture. For instance, in Japan, a slight bow is a respectful greeting, whereas a firm handshake is common in the U.S..
  • Facial Expressions: While some expressions are universal, like smiling, the context of their use can vary. Smiling may not always be appropriate in serious settings in some cultures..
  • Gestures: Learn specific gestures that are unique to a culture to avoid miscommunication. The ‘thumbs up’ gesture is positive in many Western cultures but offensive in some Middle Eastern countries..
  • Posture: Some cultures perceive standing straight with hands out of ...
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