Ottmar P Wischki
March 30, 2015
Demonstrative Communications Communication is a form of transferring information from one person to the next by acknowledging the sender’s intent, comprehending the context of the message, and acting upon it to be able to create a shared understanding. Communication starts with the sender, who must format the message correctly, by using proper grammar, punctuation, noun sequencing, syntax and delivering the message coherently. It then goes to the receiver who must interpret, analyze and decipher the message and be able to understand what is being sent. There must be a sender and receiver for any kind of communication to take place and if there is no sender and receiver, then communication cannot take place. In regards to communication, there are four types of communication which are verbal (spoken communication), non-verbal communication, written communication, and visualization communication. “Communication is an exchange of information via verbal or written messages and is the process of sending and receiving messages.”(Communication, 2012; Cheesebro, O’Connor, and Rios, 2010).
Types of Communication
Demonstrative communication involves the process of sending and receiving information and/or messages by non-verbal and unwritten communication through facial expressions, body language, and the tone of voice one uses.
Facial expressions can be conceived and viewed by an individual as positive or negative depending on what facial expression an individual may have. A smile is a good example of a demonstrative form of communication; a smile sends a receiver the message of being happy or friendly. On the opposite end a frown is generally noted as being negative and can send or steer the message that way.
Body language is a tool that is used in any activity that would involve communicating and interacting with other people. Eye contact is a great example here. Eye contact is an important because it can show the receiver that the sender is honest, sincere, attentive and engaged in the discussion. An individual’s body language is an important factor in how a message is received, using bad posture, looking away or up and down, avoiding eye contact, crossing arms can be interpreted by the receiver in a different fashion as intended..
Whether a message is delivered positively or negatively also depends on one’s tone of voice. The pitch, tempo and tone can sway a receiver one way or another from the intended message. Loud and boisterous speeches may work in some arenas and for certain crowd’s but to others it may come off in a negative manor and vice versa with a quiet and soft spoken speech. Knowing your audience will help with the tone of delivery.
Effective ways for a sender and receiver to communicate in a demonstrative way would be to send the right message, making sure the message received is correct, and making sure it is comprehended and understood by the other person. (Effective Communication, 2012). Other ways of demonstrative communication is to use repetition, contradiction, substitution, complementing, and accenting.
Repetition can be used non-verbally by continued eye contact, repeating enthusiastic gestures, engaging the audience or thoughtful pauses. By not syncing body language with verbal communication the sender could be sending a message that is in contradiction to the actual intent. Substitution can occur by using non-verbal gestures such as smiling or clapping or possibly throwing arms open to show approval. It works in reverse as well by frowning, or shrinking the eyes in disgust or crossing the arms. Complementing by waving to someone as you say hello