Week 3 Discussion

How do groups communicate verbally and non-verbally?

By Katherine Woods

Both verbal and non-verbal communication are very important in any  large or small group of people. Body language has a lot to do with non-verbal communication, how you’re sitting or your facial expressions help in interpreting how you feel. With non-verbal communication its more of an instinct that takes over to let you know how someone is working emotionally and how you should then respond. Verbal communication results in an almost instant response. In the military when you are told to do something verbally you do it immediately. And eventually you will learn non-verbal commands and be expected to respond just as quickly. I saw a lot of this when I attended my boyfriends USMC Graduation.

At a Marine Graduation there is both verbal and non-verbal communication going on. When commands are given the recruits respond quickly and uniformly. Sometimes all it takes is a wave of the hand or click of the heels and these recruits know exactly how to respond. In this picture you can see non-verbally expressed is concentration, unison, and pride. It took a lot of verbal communication to achieve these results but as I sat quietly in the stands, my non-verbal communication to his family was easy received as excited and giddy. Smiles and hugs are all non-verbal ways of showing emotion, verbally saying your happy doesn’t always mean as much as jumping up and down. In any group large or small communication is key, especially when maintaining control.

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    kristinmarq said,

    I agree with this completely and nice example! I love how you used hugs as a non-verbal communication.One thing that this made me think about is how we know that these men are just being concentrated and proper and not actually angry or something. Sweet picture by the way.

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    rockyoyole said,

    I agree with you Kristin. The uniformity shown with any military group is important. In a way, it shows their discipline and respect for their leaders and group that they’re in, their country. The communication that they had to learn to get to this point was probably more than any one would ever expect and it’s amazing who they become afterward because they learned that communication and practice.

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    hinchea said,

    This is a great example! The military is definitely a place that uses a lot of both verbal and non-verbal communication, and it takes a lot of concentration to get all of that down. My dad was a marine for 20 years, and he’s told me a lot about his days as a drill sergeant..definitely some strong verbal communication in that aspect as well. Nicely done!


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