Nonverbal language can sometimes be even more powerful than the verbal language of a person. Have you ever been listening to a speaker making positive comments but shaking their head no? What does
this tell the listener about the speaker’s message? Does the speaker believe what they are saying? This assignment will give you an opportunity to determine what a person’s nonverbal language might
be saying about them within the context of their office environment.
Visit someone’s office?a professor, a professional person?and observe the office carefully.
Create a 250-500-word verbal sketch of the room’s layout. (This could be a bullet list, table, or any creative way of presenting the sketch of the room).
Notice the placement of the desk to the door.
Notice the placement of artifacts such as photos, paintings, tools, paper, and equipment.
Notice the general tidiness of the room.
Notice the choice of colors and textures and the kinds and quality of objects in the room.
Notice whether there is a view.
Notice the size of the room and the amount and kind of lighting in the room.
Write a 500-750-word paper to discuss the nonverbal language presented in the office. Include the following:
What conclusions can you draw about this person, based on your perception of their office?
Support your perceptions with information gleaned from your reading.
(Do NOT mention the location of the office)