Communication Skills and Styles
The characters relationships appear to be non-agreeable and oppositional. The characters appear not to like each other at all. I see pounding on the podiums and tables with fists. I observed rapid eye movement and eye rolling. I see the characters looking around and turning their backs on the communicators. Some characters looking at their watches and on the floor. Some characters are smiling, others are laughing really hard, and some are frowning. Some characters were shaking their heads in a No! No! Manner. Some characters seemed agitated.
I was watching a debate between a mayor and city councilmen. The debate was over an increase in the customer’s city’s electric bill. I assumed that all the characters truly believed in what they were communicating. They are firm believer in their plot. Some of the characters were in agreement about the issue being debated and some were not.
The nonverbal and verbal cues were strong as the community shared their opinions and oppositions to the rate increase and the councilmen suggested that all customers cut back on the usage. The community leaders could not believe the mayor and councilmen wanted them to cut back and increase their monthly rates. I assumed the community leaders felt they had valid reasons to roll their eyes and become agitated.
My assumptions would have been the same if I had known the characters in the debate. Nonverbal communication is ambiguous (O’Hair D., Wiemann, M., Mullin, D. I., & Teven, J. (2015). Uncontrollable eye movements, changes in speech, and body language are all very strong nonverbal cues when communication is taking places. I hope my colleagues will focus on the fact that ,”Nonverbal cues are used to manages the impression and regulate interactions of communication in a variety of relationships and situations.”(O’Hair, D., Wiemann, M., Mullin, D. I., & Teven, J. (2015).
O’Hair, D., Wiemann, M., Mullin, D. I., & Teven, J. (2015). Real communication. (3rd. ed). New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s.