Do you read Seth Godin’s wonderful blog? You should. Recently he posted about how humankind emerged and developed in groups long before symbolic language evolved. He extrapolates from this that we are hard-wired to respond to much more than vocal communication. It’s both fascinating and a little daunting to think that everything we do and how we present ourself has a communication component that may or may not include (from Godin):

words
trust
status
culture
pheromones
peer pressure
urgency
energy

I add:

faith
family
emotions expressed
dress
friends
receptiveness
shyness

Have you ever been in a group when the very air feels electric? Like anything is possible? Or the opposite? Where even standing near to someone feels like an afront? We never, ever know what will be remembered about us. We rarely have a clue about first impressions. We will rarely know what our actions or eyes or perfume will say to the people around us. Our words are possibly the least important part of our communication.

Good to remember.

What other kinds of communication speak to you?