Body-language and nonverbal communication

The Importance of Nonverbal Communication for expatriats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Importance of Nonverbal Communication for expatriats

 Using effectively nonverbal communication when moving and relocating overseas is quite an important issue for people who go a country where they will meet very different cultural influences. I right now do not think especially about tourists but about people who have to live in a foreign country for quite a long time, as student, manager, representative of some organisation andsoon.

Spoken language is only7% to 35% of communication. The majority of our feelings and intentions are sent through nonverbal communication. Moreover we tend to search for signals when verbal messages are unclear or ambiguous.

Wordless messages or kinesics are the way we communicate by ………….sending and receiving signals using
body language, gestures, postures, proximity, haptics, and facial expressions.

Some signals are consistent across cultures. To a certain degree this is good news; if you do not speak the foreign language, you can still communicate with people of another country by using body language and facial expressions.

However, even if you do speak the local language and are able to communicate with the local people you might still be puzzled by the use of body language and facial expressions at your destination country.

Why?

 Because nonverbal communication has also cultural meaningsand is being interpreted according to the cultural context it occurs.

Cultural norms regarding kinesics vary considerably between countries; if you are not familiar with the local body language you might be misunderstood, and sometimes misinterpret the local nonverbal signals.

This can certainly lead to embarrassing and uncomfortable situations.

If you want to get to know more about some relevant, helpful aspects have a look here:

 http://www.expats-moving-and-relocation-guide.com/nonverbal-communication.html#nonverbalcommunicationinchina

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