Nonverbal Communication: Actions Speak Louder than Words

A timeless saying that attests to the importance of nonverbal communication in our lives is “actions speak louder than words.” Whether one hears this saying from a mother, a teacher, a friend, or anyone in any situation, it carries the similar and impactful claim that nonverbal communication is just as important as any other type of communication. In the workplace, communication is undoubtedly important, however, there are several ways that nonverbal communication can speak volumes of someone’s character and work ethic in any career field. The following situations are significant examples of when nonverbal communication is important and why it is important.

When Trust Needs To Be Built

We all encounter numerous, different relationships in several areas of our life. It doesn’t matter if it is a romantic, professional, or social, trust is one of the most important aspects of developing and maintaining a positive relationship. More specific to a professional relationship, your actions can speak volumes about your character and work ethic. Being on time to work, completing projects effectively and efficiently, and sticking to your word all the time displays the integrity of a quality worker and person. Building a strong and trusting foundation in a professional relationship can enhance your own experience as an employee, develop respect from co-workers, and increase your chances of promotions and other opportunities.

When Leadership Is Required

To say something and to do something are two different things and a good leader must understand this. In any leadership role, actions will always speak louder than words. No one will respect a boss or team leader if they do not put forth the effort that they are asking of everyone else. Employees are not motivated by a leader who is lazy and does not uphold the standards of their position. A leader that is passionate, motivated and willing to get their hands dirty is an influential leader. They are acting the way a leader should: taking control, leading the group, and inspiring everyone to get the job done.

When Setting the Standard For Others

Dirty looks, annoyed stances, staring, burying your face in a phone and many other nonverbal cues are explicit examples of the negativity that can be experienced through someone’s actions. No one has to speak a word, but with one physical motion, a person’s entire attitude can be interpreted. Don’t be that person. People in public hate to verbally admit that they are annoyed or angry, but they are not shy about showing how annoyed or angry they are. Set the standard everywhere you go and around everyone you meet. Stand tall, show interest, be aware of your surroundings, and BE present in the moment. This attitude in life and in the workplace will make you an example for others to look up to and aspire to be. Lead by example not only with your words but also with your actions.


It is an ageless saying that we have all heard. It can be applied to many different life experiences. It is a key component in becoming a hard-working and respected individual. Actions will always speak louder than words.


Written By: Mattie Lee

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