Demonstrative Communication

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Communication is an essential tool in the human race. Without communication the human population would probably be very dysfunctional. What is communication? “Communication is a process of exchanging information, ideas, thoughts, feelings and emotions through speech, signals, writing, or behavior. In communication process, a sender (encoder) encodes a message and then using a medium/channel sends it to the receiver (decoder) who decodes the message and after processing information, sends back appropriate feedback/reply using a medium/channel” (Admin, 2009, Types of Communication, para. 1). There are different types of communication channels, but this paper will focus on demonstrative communication. What is demonstrative communication? Demonstrative communication is a nonverbal or unwritten form of communication that consists of a variety of components: appearance, arm and hand gestures, body language, eye contact, facial expressions, posture, and tone of voice. In addition, this type of communication also highlights the meaning and elevates ones level of understanding. This paper will reveal how demonstrative communication can be effective and ineffective as well as positive and negative for the sender and the receiver. In addition, an explanation of how demonstrative communication involves listening and responding will be included.

Effective and Ineffective Demonstrative Communication for the Sender and Receiver

An effective form of this type of communication comes through hand signals. For example, basketball players use hand signals to symbolize offensive and defensive plays they are going to run on each possession. In addition, baseball coaches use hand signals to let players know if they want them to bunt the ball, steal a base, intentionally walk the person at bat, etc. This type of communication can be effective because the opposing team would not know what your team plans to do. On the other hand, this type of communication could be ineffective...