Understanding body language is focus of next Adams State Faculty Lecture

(10-19-2011)

Communication is important for success in both our personal and professional lives. The next Adams State College Faculty Lecture, "I Know What I Said...But This is What I Meant: Tips and Tricks for Effective Verbal and Nonverbal Communication", by Patricia Robbins, assistant professor of management, begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in Porter Hall (the science building) room 130.

How often do we communicate a message verbally and discover that we have been misunderstood? Perhaps our nonverbal cues are sending a different message to the receiver(s) or a mixed message of sorts. Verbal communication is a function we can control, whereas nonverbal communication is to be observed and understood. Although the words that we speak possess "lexicon" meaning, how we sound conveys a powerful message as well. Nonverbal communication, commonly referred to as body language, comes in clusters of signals and postures. Recognizing a cluster is a reliable method for interpreting what people are really saying to us, as well as what we are conveying to others. All of us can benefit by "paying attention" and strive to become better communicators.

One essential key to being an effective communicator is in learning to understand our own nonverbal cues (body language). This talk will delve into the subtleties of saying what you mean and meaning what you say.

All talks are free and the public is invited. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Robert Astalos, associate professor of physics, at 719-587-7821, or by email: rjastalos@adams.edu.