Interpersonal communication majorly deals with the interaction or communication linking individual and a large group of people such as a community. Through the study, of the interpersonal communications, one gains knowledge of how people communicate and negotiate. Numerous people have different communication skills. This is for the main reason that people born with different skills and talents. However, through daily practice, the people specialize and perfect in the communicating skill that best suites their characteristics. Through communication, people are able to exchange ideas and pass on information from one person to another (Linder, 1991).
Through the successful accomplishment of the nonverbal, listening pattern exercise, I was able to learn diverse communications skills in the human beings. Several human beings have different communication skills basing on the situation and place. People will use different language when dealing with groups. The communication skills used in the conversation largely depends on the king of group. People are used to use the different communications skills to ensure that the message they are passing across is properly delivered. Since people have a different understanding levels, various communication skills must be used to ensure that the information is well understood by the people (Wood, 2009).
There are various steps that I encountered to ensure that I was successfully able to manage the nonverbal listening skill pattern practice. However, this majorly depends on the information that is to be received from the speaker to the listener. The steps that I followed to ensure that the exercise was well done were through posture, eye contact, facial expression and the body language or gesture (Linder, 1991). The major reason that people listen to a speaker is to be able to understand the information deliver. Therefore, this depends with the interest of the listener in the topic discussed by the speaker. There are different aspects that might affect the concentration of the listener thus affecting the nature in which the information is received.
The first step that I took to ensure that I managed to complete the nonverbal, listening pattern is through the body position. For one to be able to listen attentively to the speaker, proper attention should be enacted to the topic of study. This depends on the position in which the listener is sitting. For one to be able to obtain maximum information, the listener has to sit in a conscientious position. This usually enables the listener to be able to listen attentively to the information portrayed by the speaker. The next step that I followed to achieve the nonverbal, listening task is maintaining my eye contact with the speaker. The human mind is an extremely sensitive with what the eyes observe. Close eye contact to the speaker enables on to monitor every body or hand movement that the speaker might make (Wood, 2009). This might be essential in explaining further concerning the topic of discussion. For this reason, it is particularly vital to maintain a positive eye contact with the speaker.
An extra step that I strongly considered completing the nonverbal, listening pattern exercise is closely watching the body movement and the gestures. I ensured that I maintained my eyes contacts to the speaker. Through avoiding peeping outside the window during the session in discussion, I improved my listening skills. I also avoided looking at my friends and listening to the talks and comments said by the other listeners. This enabled me to examine every body movement or gesture that the speaker undertook. Some speakers use the gestures, body movement to be able to elaborate an issue to the listeners. This is common especially if the topic of discussion is practical. Through the movement, of the hands, legs and shoulders the speaker might give information to the listener. The facial expression is also necessary to be closely examined for the listener to be able to obtain the required information. This is for the key reason that, the speaker might make eye or mouth movement that also explains the subject of discussion.
After performing the exercise, there were various observations that I learned to concern my own personal communication skills. I learned that I was able to pay attention to the speaker for only a few minutes before I begun to star at other destructor. Some of the principal destructor that affected my listening skills encompassed of the watch, hair, tie and movement of objects. My eyes would shift immediately when a person was passing close to the window thus affecting part of my concentration. However, the main step that I can take to improve my listening, hearing and speaking skills is paying maximum attention to the listener. This can also be improved by participating in activities such as laughing, asking of questions. Answering of other listener’s questions and activities such as singing and clapping when required by the speaker might also improve my communication skills (Wood, 2009).
Interpersonal communication is particularly vital in the daily lives of the human beings. This is for the main reason that it enables people to be able to communicate with ease and share ideas. However, communication between the speakers and listeners might be affected by various aspects. These aspects encompass of the posture, eye contact, body movement or gestures and facial expression (Linder, 1991). Through participation in the communication by the listener, the speaker finds an easy task to portray the information.
Linder, J. (1991). Interpersonal Communication, New York: Universal-Publishers
Wood, J. (2009). Interpersonal Communication: Everyday Encounters, California: Cengage