Stop, Look and Listen: Nonverbal Communication and Active Listening

Part I: Nonverbal Communication
Try This: Research what one hand gesture means in a different country. (You may ask people from other countries/and or conduct your own web search or library search for answers). Some suggested countries/cultures to research might be: Italy, Japan, China, Greece, and the Middle East (10 points)

Hand gesture:

Country/Culture referenced:

What does it mean?

Part II: Nonverbal Communication and Active Listening

Choice #1: Interview a professional about their career choice and take some notes. Focus on the non-verbal gestures and active listening that take place during the interview. Document non-verbal gestures the other person uses and your interpretation of these gestures. Do they conflict with the message being sent? While conducting the interview, be sure to use active listening statements to clarify understanding.

Some suggested topics of discussion to cover during your interview might include the following: 1) What is your current job title?
2) What are your current job responsibilities?
3) What level of education/certification must you have for this career? 4) Did you have to train for this career once you began your job, or did your education prepare you for this position? 5) Is there opportunity for advancement in your career?

6) What other paths can you follow with this career?
7) What are your biggest challenges in this position?

Discuss at least two examples of nonverbal communication and active listening that took place during your conversation and record these items on your workfile below.

Nonverbal Communication during interview: (15 points each)
Example 1:
What message did this send?

Example 2:
What message did this send?

Active listening during interview: (15 points each)
Example 1:
Example 2:
B. Reflecting on the interview you conducted, what did you learn about their career? In five or more sentences, discuss your interest in this career and how the interview impacted your interest. (20 points)

C. Reflecting on the interview you conducted, consider the nonverbal communication that took place. Think about things like facial expressions, body language, clothing, tone, etc. Did any of these, influence your opinion of this person or their career? Why or why not? (10 points)

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