Rasmussen Effective Verbal and Nonverbal Communication Assignment

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In our work and personal lives, we need to be able to identify and analyze effective verbal and nonverbal communication in various situations. In the same way that you would analyze a work or personal life communication situation, you will be asked to create a short presentation (using media choices below) about the nonverbal communication demonstrated in a series of photographs. In addition to identifying aspects of nonverbal communication, you will also need to show how these elements can affect communication both positive and negatively. Include your observations of how nonverbal elements that you see alter the direction of communication.

  1. Select four of included photographs.
  2. Using either PowerPoint or Prezi, create a presentation that demonstrates your comprehension regarding these communication elements: Please include the following:
    1. A title slide including your name.
    2. Four slides that explain aspects of the nonverbal communication that you see depicted in the photographs. Be sure to include the photograph on the slide. Be as specific and detailed as possible in your description of body language, facial expression, physical distance (if applicable), gesture, and other aspects of nonverbal communication that you see
    3. Using Screencast-o-matic (screencast-o-matic.com) or similar software, create a short video presentation of your PowerPoint or Prezi. Explain in detail the nonverbal elements of communication that you observe in each of the four photographs you have selected. Video should be between four and seven minutes long. This video should either be of the presentation itself or a hybrid video that includes both the presentation and an inset webcam video.
    4. Upload your video to screencast-o-matic, YouTube, or similar online video sharing site and provide a link to your video. Include your PowerPoint or Prezi with your submission.

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➢The transmission of non linguistic information between people is known as non verbal communication. It
represents two thirds of all human communications.
➢Non verbal communication mainly occurs through physical, auditory, visual and tactile channels.
➢Visual cues such as gestures, proxemics, haptics, eye contact and chronemics are also used in conveying
non-lingual information from one person to another.
➢Non verbal communication is dependent on the conscious and unconscious processes of decoding and
encoding information. Encoding involves the use of facial expressions, postures and gestures to generate
information while decoding is dependent on the receiver’s knowledge of general perceptions and
interpretations of the coded information (Mehrabian, 2017).
➢However due to the lack of vocal communications, encoded messages can be perceived wrongly by the
receiver leading to misunderstandings.
➢This paper analyzes four images and discusses the aspects of non-verbal communication used in them and
its positive and negative effects on communication

➢In the picture, the action of removing the man’s cap and touching
his head suggests that the day is hot

➢The happy facial expression portrayed by a smile suggest the man
is content with the day or the work he has done.
➢The physical distance from the working men in the background
suggest he is going home after work while the lack of working tool
indicate he is a supervisor or in charge of the ongoing activities.
➢The main effect of his happy facial expression indicate that he is
content with the work done during the day.
➢The distance from the workers in the background introduce
intercultural friction since both men appear to be from different

➢The posture of the woman in crossing her legs and holding her
hands to her side depict the perception of women during her era.
➢The gestures also sho...

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