Nonverbal Communication That Can Impact Customer Relationships

Nonverbal Communication That Can Impact Customer Relationships

There are many ways in which customer service representatives communicate with customers face-to-face and via technology. One of the most powerful techniques is through nonverbal cues or messages they send subconsciously. Often these unspoken messages are more powerful than those delivered through words.

The following chart indicates some common positive and negative nonverbal communication behaviors that customer service representatives might exhibit that can lead to misunderstandings or service breakdowns if you are not careful.



  • Brief eye contact (3 to 5 seconds)
  • Yawning
  • Eyes wide open
  • Frowning or sneering
  • Smiling
  • Attending to matters other than the   customer
  • Facing the customer
  • Manipulating items impatiently
  • Nodding affirmatively
  • Leaning away from customer as he or   she speaks
  • Expressive hand gestures
  • Subdued or minimal hand gestures
  • Open body stance
  • Crossed arms
  • Listening actively
  • Staring blankly or coolly at customer
  • Remaining silent as customer speaks
  • Interrupting
  • Gesturing with open hand
  • Pointing finger or object at customer
  • Maintaining professional appearance
  • Casual unkempt appearance
  • Clean, organized work area
  • Disorganized, cluttered work space

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