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SPC 101: Fundamentals of Oral Communication Learning Unit 5: Handout Page 1 of 4 Nonverbal Communication Nonverbal Communication Definition Let’s start with a definition of nonverbal communication so we are all coming at this from the same basis: Nonverbal communication includes all other aspects of communication other than the words themselves. Nonverbal communication helps us to establish our identity and negotiate relationships. Common Examples of Nonverbal Communication 1. Gestures: Movements of our hands, arms, and head tell a lot about how we feel about an issue, what we are passionate or sad about, and even when we are angry. If we are excited, our gestures may increase in frequency and speed. If we are sad, our gestures might stop altogether. 2. Body Language: This is how our body reflects our internal emotions or thoughts. If we are sad, we might close in and sit with our arms crossed, head down. But if we are confident, we will probably stand upright with our shoulders back a...