Tuesday, March 1, 2011
7. Space, Time, and Place
While listening to a lecture or assembly at school, do you usually pay attention when someone is reading word for word off a notecard or paper and without even acknoweleging the audience? Or do you pay more attention to the speaker who has eye contact? This is an example of eye contact and the effects eye contact can have on the listener, or even the speaker.
Voice includes the pitch of one's voice, their volume, the vocal quality (tone or sound), and the rate of one's voice. Through these, important nonverbal messages are delievered to the listener. Suppose you may have to give a speech at school for a class. You start to stumble over your words and your voice becomes shaky. The audience will then interpert the nonverbal message of your nerves.
Whenever your talking to someone, have you ever noticed using hand gestures describing the size or placement of what your talking about? The way people move their arms, hands, and fingers plays a part in nonverbal messages. When using gestures, many speakers get the point acrossed more effectively. It's proven that gestures relate the listener to their memories.
The setting and the people that surround a message is known as context. Context, a lot like space, time, and place, provides the background that helps reveal the message's real meaning. The context is an essential element of communication that touches all the other elements, influencing the messages, people, feedback, and channels people use to communicate.