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Communication to a great extend takes place at a nonverbal level. Despite other sensual impressions which affect our convenience or arouse our attention mainly visual signals reach us.
The broad range of visual communication is divided in two big parts: proxemics (interpersonal distance, spatial behavior) and kinesics (mimics, gesture, gaze, and body movement).
Most signals are transmitted and received unconsciously – which does not mean that we cannot be aware of their meaning. If we improve the understanding of our own reactions and those of others, social communication becomes easier and more efficient. The ability to perceive the needs of others and to interpret the behavior of our colleagues enables us to make better decisions and to improve the collaboration within a team.
Which questions can be unambiguously answered at the nonverbal level?
Convenience: Does the other person feel comfortable in my company or our team?
Respect: How is the other person attuned to our meeting or teamwork?
Interest: Does the other person show interest in our discussion or work?
Self-confidence: What does the other person thinks of her-/himself? Does she/he trust on her-/himself?
Health: How does the other person feel? Does she/he have pain or health restrictions which affect the overall impression?
My main focus as anthropologist and photographer is the improvement of communication and the understanding of our fellow human beings rather than to expose lies or manipulate the own body language.
Visual communication is essential for the integration of immigrants as wells as for the development of the cooperation between different cultures in international orientated business concerns. If we use our verbal communication skills in their full potential, we are able to sharpen our perception in order to fully detect and interpret the nonverbal cues transmitted by our social environment.
More articles as well as tips & tricks are presented under the blog category visual communication.