Demonstrative Communication Essay

833 words - 4 pages

Laura Darden
March 24, 2014
XBCOM/275 – W2A1

Demonstrative Communication
Communication is a means for a sender to forward information to a receiver. A sender is an individual with a particular message or point they need to convey to one other or several other individuals, called receiver(s). Demonstrative communication can be defined as a form of communication that is verbal, nonverbal or unwritten. Verbal communication is spoken communication in a face to face situation. Nonverbal and unwritten communications are the opposite of the aforementioned can be in the form of body language or gestures (Quintanilla & Wahl, 2014). In other words, it is when your behavior in the form of ...view middle of the document...

If they use a commanding tone in addition to hand gestures that captivate and signify importance, the audience will likely keep their attention on the speaker. In other words, if you swing your fist when arriving at an important point within your message and the audience understands that it’s an important point you’re making, your demonstrative communication was successful and effective. On the contrary, demonstrative communication can also be ineffective in that the audience is not receptive to the signals given due to distraction of some kind or simply a lack of interest. It can also be ineffective for the sender in that the nonverbal messages are not comprehended accurately. My coworker’s sigh and watch check could’ve meant that she was tired in general and eager to get back to work; not bored and impatient with my story. I could’ve misinterpreted her demonstrative communication message.
Nonverbal communication can be positive for the sender because it gives their words expression, commanding the attention of the receiver(s). Verbal communication is only speaking the words; demonstrative communication displays those words with feeling and depth. It can also be negative because just like words, body language can be misinterpreted as I’ve previously stated, sending the wrong message altogether. Demonstrative communication can be positive for the receiver if the sender uses the appropriate channel to convey the message and the receiver is able to understand the meaning of the message as the sender intended. Dually noted, this can be negative if the wrong channel is used the message will likely be misunderstood. If the sender is...

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