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92 Examples of Communication Behaviors

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Communication behaviors are patterns in the exchange of meaning between people. This includes technical and stylistic elements of verbal and non-verbal communication such as tone of voice. Communication behaviors also include social behaviors and modes of information exchange such as small talk, cooperation or debate. The following are illustrative examples of communication behaviors.
Active listening
Admonishing
Aggressive language
Agreeing
Apologizing
Asking for opinions
Asking questions
Avoiding a question
Body language
Bonding
Building consensus
Building rapport
Candor
Challenging
Clarifying expectations
Collaborative visualization of information
Complaining
Compromising
Conforming to norms
Cooperating
Counter-signaling – downplaying yourself as a sign of strength
Criticism
Cultural sensitivity
Debate and argument
Decision making
Defensiveness
Direct language
Disengaging
Dismissive language
Distracted agreement – agreeing in order to not participate
Distracted behavior such as using a smartphone
Dominating a conversation
Emotional manipulation
Empathy and sympathy
Encouragement
Establishing norms
Expressing and reading emotion
Eye contact
Facial expressions
False praise
Feedback
Generalizing and overgeneralizing
Giving credit
Going off on a tangent
Gossiping
Hand gestures
Handling criticism
Holding back information
Humor
Ignoring and sidelining
Interrupting
Laughing
Leading a conversation
Listening
Metaphor, analogy and examples
Microaggressions
Negotiation
Nonverbal cues
Paraphrasing
Passive aggressive behaviors
Passive language
Pauses and silence
Persuasion
Planning
Polite language
Posture
Praising
Presenting
Pulling in information such as looking up something on your phone
Reciprocity
Reflecting
Relationship building
Sarcasm
Saving face – helping others to avoid embarrassment
Seeking approval
Seeking common ground
Setting up to fail
Showing disrespect
Showing respect
Signaling
Small talk
Social loafing
Speaking
Storytelling
Suggesting
Summarizing
Supporting and building on ideas
Teaching
Thanking
Tone of voice
Turn-taking
Use of visual aids
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