Responding to Conflict: Nonverbal Communication

What does your posture say about you? How can it affect the outcome of conflict resolution or negotiation? Show scholars the importance of nonverbal communication during the sixth in a series of 15 peacebuilding lessons. Learners work together to use nonverbal communication to arrange themselves according to ascending birth date, then read and discuss an article dealing with nonverbal communication skills abroad.

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Instructional Ideas

  • As a warm-up, show a short video that details types of nonverbal communication
  • Have individuals share personal experiences with nonverbal communication mishaps
Classroom Considerations

  • It's a good idea to set some ground rules about hand gestures, touching, and personal space before beginning the group activity
Pros

  • Student handout contains a fantastic real-world example of the importance of nonverbal communication
  • The group activity is a fun way to practice nonverbal communication, as well as strategizing skills
Cons

  • None