The Importance of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication in Women’s Groups

Most women’s groups involve the members getting together and meeting somewhere on a regular basis. It could be once a week or once a month. Regardless of the regularity and frequency of the meetings, when the group gets together there is a great deal of interaction. During these meetings, most if not all of the members likely spend a great deal of time chatting with each other. 

It is important to be aware of the non-verbal communication that may often come out during these meetings as well.

Everybody is aware of the way we communicate verbally with our mouths. We intentionally open our mouths and make a statement. We may regret that statement afterward, but we intend to say it at the time nonetheless. However, we also use body language to give non-verbal clues into what we are thinking and feeling. Oftentimes, people do not intend to outwardly express what they are feeling with their bodies. Nevertheless, it does come out.

More often than not, our body language will betray a façade we try to put on so that no one is aware of our true thoughts or feelings. Why? Because those thoughts and feelings are often negative.

There are many different ways we can express ourselves through non-verbal communication. It can be a rolling of the eyes or a sigh. A sigh while shifting in one’s seat tends to really communicate displeasure with something or someone. Mumbling under one’s breath is often a telltale sign of one’s displeasure. Posture can also speak volumes. Slumping in a chair, especially with the arms crossed can really communicate that one is angry or upset with someone or something being said. If using any of these types of non-verbal cues while participating in a women’s group, you could very likely alienate the group as they read your displeasure with the members.

Another emotion we tend to communicate non-verbally is boredom. Whether it is the proverbial yawn or the constant shifting in one’s seat, expressing boredom through body language can make the rest of the group uncomfortable or defensive. Another manner in which boredom may be expressed is by getting up a lot, pacing the room, going over to a table where food is kept and picking at the food while everyone else is sitting, or getting up and going to the bathroom in the middle of a discussion. Engaging in these types of behaviors may very well offend others in the group who feel that the group is a valuable part of their time. Your body language may communicate to them that this group is more of a chore to you than a place that has value in your life.

The problem with body language is that it may communicate an unintended emotion. You may not actually be bored or upset, but you utilize these non-verbal cues for other reasons. For example, you may be a person who has a difficult time sitting still or you have a small bladder. The group may misread your body language to mean something else. If this is the case, you may want to verbalize the reason for what you are doing to make sure the group understands and does not take offense to how you are carrying yourself.

If you are a member of a women’s group, chances are you want to be there and enjoy the camaraderie of the group. As such, you should try to tune in to your body and how you carry yourself to determine if you may be giving off unintended messages through body language.

If so, try to be aware of your body language during these meetings and correct them so your group knows that you love being involved with them. 

Be well,
Karen & Pat
maximize the value of the women in your life

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One Response to “The Importance of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication in Women’s Groups”

  • Shahzadi Says:

    Sure,

    I was associated with NGOs since 16 years, recently i have development my own NGO and are in process of getting it registered. i have formed no.of women organization and want to further strengthen these.

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