The Role of Tone and Body Language
Non-verbal communication is integral to implication. Body language and tone of voice can enhance or undermine the implied message. Great implyers, like politicians or salespeople, master control of their tone and body language to create a compelling message.
The Advantage of Implied Communication over Direct Communication
Implied communication provides access to plausible deniability and can be used strategically to gain power or effectively navigate difficult situations. However, it is not without its risks and requires skill in execution.
Timing, use of pauses and silence, knowing your audience, and building trust are all critical components in mastering the language of implication.
The Risks of Implication
Misunderstandings due to cultural differences, negative effects from miscommunication, and the danger of crossing the line into deception are all risks associated with implication. Understanding the intent and context of the message is critical to avoiding these pitfalls.
The Ethics of Implication
While implying can be effective, it is important to set boundaries for ethical implying and understand when it is acceptable. Examples of ethical implying can be found in everyday situations such as suggesting healthier food options at a restaurant.