Instructor: Linda Burr
BCOM275: Business Communications and Critical Thinking
University of Phoenix
June 1, 2014
Demonstrative communication includes nonverbal and unwritten communication and involves facial expressions, tone of voice, body language, and anything exclusive of language. Understanding the Communication process first is helpful. It consists of receiving messages, sending messages, and transferring a message to an intended recipient. The message needs to provide an opportunity for feedback or a response. When individuals communicate without words, the message is likely, understood, misinterpreted or lost. One of my favorite sayings is where demonstrative communication originated: "Actions speak louder than words." Problems arise if you don't pay close attention to the nonverbal signals you are sending during communication.
Space and appearance are examples of demonstrative communication. According to (Manero, 2012) “While couples in love can't get close enough to each other, you might not enjoy it when someone sits or stands too close to you. When you take a step back, you're communicating demonstratively that someone is invading your space.” Additionally, “the way you dress, apply makeup or wear your hair is also a form of communication. While you might opt for a suit for business, you might reach for something less formal when relaxing or more seductively for a date.”
Physiology in communication can be described as body language. Clearly understood and stated by (Mannero, 2012) as, “how you sit and stand communicates with others how you feel about them. Turning your back on someone sends a clear message that you want nothing to do with the other person. Crossing your arms over your chest could mean that you're upset, impatiently waiting or that you're closing yourself off and wish to remain reserved.” This demonstrative communication style is referring to your posture.
Other areas stated by (Mannero, 2012), also included, gestures, and facial expressions. “Hearing impaired aren't the only ones who "speak" with their hands. Every day, you communicate with others with hand gestures. Consider how you would ask a friend a question without saying a word. With hand gestures you say hello, goodbye, come closer or go away. People make use of all kinds of gestures to emphasize their words or they use no words at all. With facial expressions, a smile or a frown is probably the most common form of demonstrative communication, but there are many other facial expressions as well. You might tighten your forehead in amazement, wrinkle your nose in disgust, and pout your lips when thinking or bite your lips while concentrating.”
Nonverbal communication comes in so many forms you do not think about when communicating. A person’s eye contact, emotions, tone of voice and touch also send messages that demonstrative communication encompasses. As stated by (Moore, 2009), “Eye contact such as the look children recognize when they've done something wrong simply by "the look" their parents gives them. Young lovers can communicate their feelings by gazing in each other's eyes, while older couples can look across a room and know what the other one is thinking.” Our emotions of fear, joy and sorrow are often not expressed in words, but read by others through facial expressions. Also, “In some cases it's not what you say, but how you say it that makes you