Demonstrative communication is defined as the process of sending and receiving messages (Cheesbro, O`Conner, and Rios, 2010). It is wordless messages and the interactions between people without any words spoken between either of them. Verbal or nonverbal communication are both forms of communication but verbally is when you communicate either written or orally. Nonverbal communication is when you use body language, facial expressions, or hand gestures to communicate to one another. A person can rely on these qualities to reinforce his or her verbal performance (Sutton, 2011). For example, if you are going on a job interview, the way you dress, to the way that you shake their hand or even having a friendly demeanor speaks very loudly to the qualities you hold.
When you meet someone you should be able to determine in the first few minutes after meeting them what kind of person that they are and you don’t have to even hear them talk. You can tell a lot about a person by the way that they dress, carry themselves, and by their body language should give you a good idea of the kind of person they are. For example, a realtor tells someone the price of a house and the customer sucks air through his or her teeth and turns away, the customer thinks that the house if priced to high. Demonstrative communication allows for self-expression (Sutton, 2011). Just as important as in the presentation of yourself it is also important that your personality follows with the trend. For instance, a person going into a job interview and they consider themselves a “power dresser”, that person does this to command respect and to show they are confident and in charge of the situation. People use demonstrative communication everyday whether they know it or not, by the way that they dress to the hairstyle they choose. However you may think that this can be positive, you should be very careful because can misread you and put in a bad light. Gestures, appearances, and facial expressions can mean different things to different people. If can be easy for a person to misread someone if they do not know them. For example, is someone is talking to another person who has his or her arms folded and assume he or she is be defensive, in fact, this could mean that the person cold or simply comfortable. In many instances nonverbal communication should be solely relied on because there are no rules regarding what different gestures and expressions mean (Sutton, 2011).
Demonstrative communication lacks the complexity that language has to offer (Sutton, 2011). It is fairly impossible to try and communicate what happened during the day to your friend without using words; you would not be able to convey every detail of what happened accurately. Take for instance, if you see someone walking down the street on the phone and they were shaking their head while having a conversation you would not be able to convey his or her agreement with what the person on the other end of the phone has said.
There are many instances in which people need to listen with their eyes instead of their ears. For example,