This paper will define demonstrative communication as well as explain how it can be effective and ineffective, positive and negative for both senders and receivers of messages. It will also explain how demonstrative communication involves active listening and responding.
Communication is the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs. (Dictionary.com, 2012) Communication can happen verbally and nonverbally on a daily basis. Verbal communication is composed of words and nothing else. It does not take into account the way in which words are said, the body movements that are associated with saying certain words or any form of communication that is not composed of words. The term "verbal" implies that it is always spoken, but this is not always true. Sign language and the written word are both examples of verbal communication, and they require no spoken words. (Reference.com 2012) Nonverbal communication includes written words, facial expressions, body language, eye contact, gestures, and tone of voice.
Demonstrative Communication can be Ineffective or Negative
We use demonstrative communication every day without even realizing it. Clothing, makeup, tattoos, the reasons people make the choices they do are all different types of demonstrative communication. People should take caution as they can be misunderstood and cause an issue. Gestures, appearances, and facial expressions can be taken different ways to different people. If you don’t know a person well it can be easy for someone to misread someone. For instance, if someone is talking to another person who is slouched in their chair someone may assume they are being defensive. In reality they may just be uncomfortable in the chair or that is how they regularly sit.
Demonstrative Communication can be Effective and Positive
Demonstrative communication strengthens verbal communication. For instance, if you are meeting someone for the first time, maintaining eye contact, having a strong handshake or just a friendly manner can show more about a person than their actual words. A person can use demonstrative communication to highlight their verbal performance. You may speak very well and use proper grammar but when you add a friendly smile or kind touch it can make the message more meaningful. When a person meets someone, they can tell what kind of person he or she is by their mannerisms and gestures before they even speak. Using Active Listening and Responding to Demonstrative Communication
Demonstrative communication involves listening and responding. It is important for people to