Understanding body language is necessary for communication. A person can identify some aspects about the other person that they could not have not if they were unable to study the body language of each other (Mehrabian, 2017). For instance, the police officers rely on body language to examine the suspect and look for signs that could indicate that the person might be aggressive or giving false information to the police. Just like the police use body language to conduct thorough investigations, I also consider body language as a significant part of every communication.
I communicate by maintaining eye contact to indicate that I am serious about the issue and that I am attentive to every detail (Mehrabian, 2017). It also suggests that I listen to every word; therefore, I can answer any question. I also display facial expression depending on my emotions on a given subject. For instance, if I am angry, I tend to give a sharp stare with a crunched eyebrow and start stomping my feet to indicate how I am angry and frustrated at the same time. On the other hand, if I am happy, I will have a broad smile on my lips and even node my head as an indication that I agree with the other person.
My posture also aids in communication (Mehrabian, 2017). When I am about to speak to a large crowd, I get nervous, and I tend to walk with my shoulders and head down while pulling my fingers. It affects my confidence level, and I tend to engage the crowd less than I should have if I had high self-esteem. However, when I am confident, I sit upright and even hold my head and shoulder high to show everyone that I can solve any problem regardless of the situation. I also pay much attention if I sit upright and that indicates that I am serious, confident and ready to ask as well as answer questions.
Mehrabian, A. (2017). Nonverbal communication. Routledge.