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Demonstrative Communication

BCOM 275

March 5, 2012

Andrew E. Rosenberg, M.A.

Demonstrative Communication

Communication is a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behaviors (Merriam-Webster, 2012). It can also be defined and sending and receiving message. In order for the communication process to work, it must have a sender and a receiver. Communication is not always easy because of the type of message or the misunderstanding of the message. It also comes in many forms from written and unwritten, verbal and non-verbal. Demonstrative communication involves nonverbal and unwritten communication.

Demonstrative communication can include body language, arm and hand gestures, facial expressions, eye contact, and posture. Even silence and tone of voice are forms of this type of communication. Demonstrative communication is like a game of charades in that it can be easily misunderstood or assumed by the receiver. The majority of our communication is nonverbal. Before the sender speaks, the receiver begins to read the nonverbal symbols. The communication process can become confusing if the receiver reads into those nonverbal skills before hearing the message. The sender can also confuse the message if what they are verbally communicating does not match their non verbal symbols.

There are seven types of nonverbal communication: chronemics (use of time), proxemics (use of space), oculesics (eye contact), kinesics (gestures and facial expressions), haptics (touch), vocalic (vocal variations), and personal style (Cheesebro, O’Connor and Rios. 2010). Nonverbal communication is a vital part of the process of effective communication. However, it can also by just as vital in negative or non effective communication. The sender and the receiver can determine if a message is positive or negative during demonstrative communication.

A person’s body language is one of the strongest forms of demonstrative...