Communication defined is the process of sending and receiving messages (Cheesbro, OConnor, & Rios 2010), but is this all communication needs to be effective? The answer is no. Looking at communication it is a series of verbal and nonverbal components: message, tone, facial expression, body language, and body positioning that will allow individuals to share feelings, ideas, and opinions regarding a conversation. Communicating with others is not just a series of words, but actions that allow people to create and develop a shared understanding of the information that is presented (Cheesbro, OConnor, & Rios 2010). Demonstrative communication (nonverbal) components of communication; are equally as important as the message itself. The nonverbal components of a message are the life behind a message, and can give both a sender/receiver a misleading, confusing, or faulty sense of what the message was truly supposed to contain, if not developed/encoded properly. Understanding though how to use the right demonstrative tactics (tone, expression, body language) and when to implement these strategies, is a crucial component in becoming an effective communicator.
Demonstrative communication; will enable sender/receiver to determine how much of a role the various components will effect one’s communication, and the messages the sender/receivers present. When we talk about tone, volume, rate, quality we are discussing the ideas of Vocalic (Cheesbro, OConnor, & Rios 2010). Vocalic can play a heavy influence on the messages we transmit by expressing the feelings and emotions we have regarding the messages we are sending. For example the sender is angry with what someone (receiver) has done. In our message, we may tend to have higher volume, deeper tone, faster rate of speech, or possibly even stumble over the thoughts we are communicating. Expressing this emotion through vocalic, the receiver will understand that the sender is having a problem with something, or will feel that an issue is present and a resolution needs to be further formulated. The tone of voice is an effective component to the communication process as in this situation the tone alone will catch the receivers attention. Furthermore; the receiver will maintain an open and direct communication line with the sender, as they know an issue is presented. This makes the senders communication effort effective and have a positive result in the transmission/resolution of the message.
The sender has transmitted his message with vocalic, but is this a guarantee that it will send the proper message? If this understanding is not known by the receiver from the senders vocalic, Kinesics will reinforce the vocalic of that message. Kinesics is the posture, facial expression, body position, or gestures a sender/receiver will use during the process of communication (Cheesbro, OConnor, & Rios 2010). The sender before conversing approached the receiver with an annoyed and bristling look to their presentation. The receiver can identify that the swollen/aggressive stance of the sender’s body language; a potential problem may be present. The way a sender present themselves helps display the thoughts and feelings with a message from a receiver’s viewpoint. Had the sender walked normally up to the receiver with a straight faced expression, this may mislead the receiver about the sender’s true feelings. We see this growing up as kids. Our parents will walk up to us as if everything is normal; misleading our judgments about what is about to take place, and during the communication process they express and uncover their true emotions.
The final reinforcement of a message within the demonstrative communication process dissects the ideas of proxemics, oculesics, and haptic. Proxemics the distance or body position when communicating, oculesics eye contact, and haptic touch; are all important components of