Week 3 Discussion

By: Shelly F.

How do groups communicate verbally and non-verbally?

Verbal communication- written, spoken, or signed messages sent directly to the members of a group.  An example of this would be a group discussion or family meeting.  Non-verbal communication- symbols or signs sent unconsciously through personal demeanor to the rest of the group.  The brunette in the photograph above is curious because she is trying to read a card over the shoulder of the other lady.  Another example of this would go as follows:

Tom, a member of a political study group, walks up to the rest of his group and begins talking about the topic that the group is researching.  As he speaks the group notices a few things.  He is slurring his speech, his eyes are bloodshot, he sways while he speaks, he has some difficulty keeping his eyes open, and he keeps wincing when someone speaks loudly.  Conclusion: either Tom has a hangover or he hasn’t slept in a few days.









(I am responsible for the first image.  The second image was courtesy of http://article.wn.com/view/2012/06/22/Adult_Swim_Comic_Con_Panels_Include_Robot_Chicken_NTSFSDSUV_/.)


2 thoughts on “Week 3 Discussion

  1. rochellem5 says:

    I like this example! Your second example shows how people can draw their own conclusions without actual verbal communication between each other. Which is another crazy thing to think about how we can be judged just by our actions. You also presented another good angle with your post, as a team I believe we covered many good variations of non-verbal communication.

  2. The nonverbal cues that Tom was sending off certainly were unconscious. I imagine his group received a message that Tom would be contributing a minimal amount of effort for the evening. I also like your first example, sometimes we forget that a group doesn’t have to be a team or a few students working on a project, but it can also be something as simple as a family watching tv.

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