Flexibility of routine depends on the varying environments one interacts during a particular time period, i.e. a day or a week. These environments can generally be Physical or Natural environment, Social environment, Professional environment, Cultural environment. The foremost discussed environment is the interface for an individual and the rest of the world, i.e. living and non-living objects. Social Environment is the composition of general masses having common interests. And the last one, the Professional environment is the sum total of all the factors effecting formal attitudes of individual at his workplace, educational setting etc.
In general the Non-verbal factors which determine and then influence the communication methods can be eye contact, gesticulation, posture and over all facial expression. There’s no uniformity in the functioning of these factors, they do not always work in single style; instead the working of such factor depends on the prevailing environment. Or in other words the, eye contact, gesticulation, posture and facial expressions vary from situation to situation. For instance, facial expressions while talking to friends are quite different to that of while talking to boss, even if you’re discussing the same topic. This is what the ultimate impact of the prevailing environment, i.e. professional environment and social environment.
The diversity in non-verbal communication styles and techniques with reference to the environment is actually based on the difference in the composition and layout of each of the environments. For instance, the prevailing social setup an individual is communicating in, i.e. rural and urban. The social rights and duties of both the setups will be different in nature, requiring difference in the techniques of communication, so is the reason for variety in techniques of non-verbal communication in different environmental setups. With special reference to business environment the same can be found in an industrial and a corporate setup. In education, the differences can be based on the educational level, socio economic statuses of the students, and the locality as well.
The same patterns of communication apply in verbal techniques but the difference lies in the performance, i.e. the non-verbal communication works within itself, while the verbal communication does need non-verbal techniques as its supporting factor or one of its counterparts.