Gestures are a vital form of communication which involves the use of body language to convey information that is easy to interpret. These gestures may be in verbal or nonverbal communications, but their messages should always be easy to understand. They are aimed at passing some specific notes during speech delivery which through that are best conveyed. Gestures may be categorized into various groups which include the following listed: These are enables which refers to those gestures that have a direct translation and can convey a message on their own. Another category of gestures is illustrators who are described as those gestures that aim at complementing one’s actions, and this may be things like pointing at an object or so. Regulators are another form of gestures that are intended at either extending or ending conversations, and this includes when a person checks a watch. He or she will react according to what time it is. Other types of gestures are adaptors which helps one to feel comfortable while delivering a speech such things are scratching one’s head or holding their hair and the like. The final types of gestures are those that Affect display or view of the audience and such include facial expressions concerning one’s memories. In the discussion below we are going to focus on those five categories of gestures.
Gestures are an essential skill in communication in that they allow one to pass a variety of messages through feeling and thoughts which convey a lot of information to the audience in the form of body language. To authenticate the various gestures one needs to have a live observance of a people in a conversation or a person delivering a speech. For my case, I was in a hall where there was a discussion going on, and I opted in to ensure that these practical skills were seen and understand them better for future use while making a presentation. One of the most vital elements of gesture communication is via facial expressions. Facial expressions are aimed at conveying a person’s feelings which may be happiness, sadness, anger or fear. The way a person reacts directly shows how they are feeling on the particular matter in discussion. Show for happiness is displayed by a person smiling whereas a person having a wrangled face explains sadness. This shows a person is dissatisfied by what people are doing or reacting about the matter in hand. An expression of fear is easy to identify as one acts in a shocking format where some may even have their mouths agape, and everyone ought to understand their feeling concerning the incident at hand.
Another general nonverbal communication skill is through nodding. This is a very self-explanatory gesture which in most cases means that people are in support of what the other is saying. When a speaker makes a statement and the audience nodes, this passes an unmistakable message to the speaker that what he or she is discussing has been accepted and this motivates them to move on with their discussion with much courage. We can only say a node is okay and this sign is universally acceptable by all kinds of people, and thus it is easier to understand and interpret. This gesture is frequently used in any form of communication likewise to the opposite of nodding which is shaking one’s head left right which signifies that the audience is not convinced of the discussion in hand. This helps the speaker to adjust their point to ensure that what they are delivering is not subject to arguments.
While delivering a speech, a period may arise where a person feels uncomfortable. At this moment there is a need to relax and outdo the tension that may have raised as a result of unfamiliarity with the audience. To deal with this obstacle, it is observed that people tend to scratch up their heads or else hair and this end up cooling them and gaining courage and thus able to deliver the much-needed information. This is a regular occurrence during speech delivery. Another significant gesture during communication is either the speaker or the audience checking their watches. When the audience checks their watch, the speaker is forced to understand that time has depleted or else has almost depleted and this helps them be able to hasten their message delivery to ensure that no one leaves before the intended message is conveyed. If they do not check their time, this may mean they are contended with what is going on thus making them extend their time. Another regulator gesture while conveying information is through people walking away. This says that either the time intended for the discussion is over or people are bored, and this gives a clear message to those involved in the debate to end the meeting. This is a common occurrence in public congregations.
Another significant gesture in non-verbal communication is pointing of an object or a particular direction. This sign is used explicitly forgiving illustrations or else giving a brief explanation regarding the pointed item. This makes people able to understand better what the speaker is discussing, and this information is well gotten. Physical body movements are of great importance as they relay quite important information’s in the right format. In conclusion, it is essential to understand that gestures are a vital form of communication as they enable one to understand specific issues more vividly and in a fast way. It is important to note where the above gestures are used as they are conventionally accepted.