Communicating Nonverbally: A Practical Guide to Presenting Yourself More Effectively by Kathryn Sue Young, Howard Paul Travis
163 pages, $24.95 list
1-57766-538-4
978-1-57766-538-0
Communicating Nonverbally
A Practical Guide to Presenting Yourself More Effectively
Useful knowledge about nonverbal communication is much more than simply recognizing terms and theories. Effective nonverbal communication is an applied skill contributing to perceptions of credibility, trustworthiness, reliability, and professionalism. Nonverbal communication skills are essential for a successful social life and career. Through numerous examples and exercises, this engagingly written, practical guide to nonverbal communication helps the reader recognize the available choices for nonverbal behavior and potential consequences of those choices.

The complexity of a diverse workplace brings new subtleties to the concepts that form the foundation of nonverbal communication. Are the messages we are sending and receiving being decoded appropriately? Technology adds another dynamic to nonverbal communication, but the basic skills of using image, space, movement, message delivery, and time to present oneself well remain indispensable in all contexts. The authors outline a number of challenges that test nonverbal competence and encourage readers to embrace the opportunities to hone their nonverbal communication skills.
Reviews
“The collection of concepts in this text and the ease by which students can navigate the chapters is refreshing. Everything in this text embraces the nonverbal communication issues that are often overlooked in oral communication, business, and performance studies.” — Stacey Mascia-Susice, North Country Community College
Table of Contents
1. The Communication Process and Nonverbal Communication
What Is Nonverbal Communication? / The Communication Process / Importance of Understanding Nonverbal Communication / Types of Nonverbal Communication / Functions of Nonverbal Communication

2. Body Type and Image
Body Types / Height / Posture / Overall Physical Characteristics

3. Body Movement (Kinesics)
Five Kinesic Movements / Applications of Kinesics

4. Personal Objects (Artifacts)
Personal Artifacts / Physical Artifacts

5. Personal Space (Proxemics)
Intimate and Personal Space / Territoriality

6. How You Say It (Paralanguage)
Paralanguage / Misunderstanding with Paralanguage / Technological Challenges

7. Touch (Haptics)
Types of Touching / Context of Touching / Sexual Harassment / Cultural Differences

8. Smell (Olfactics) and Taste
Effects of Odors / Smell and Taste

9. Time Communication (Chronemics)
Monochronic and Polychronic Time / Explicit vs. Vague Specifications of Time / Time Perspectives

10. Nonverbal Communication in the Educational Setting
Nonverbal Choices Affect Your Image / Nonverbal Choices Affect the Educational Experience

11. Nonverbal Communication in Interpersonal Relationships
Technology / Gender Differences / Peer Relationships

12. Nonverbal Communication in a Professional Setting
Interviewing / Office Space / Business Materials / Communicating with Technology / Intercultural Considerations