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Demonstrative Communication
Lindsay Hamner
BCOM/275 G. Shivers
05/26/2014

Demonstrative Communication

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If you think about the word Communication, what comes to mind? People communicate in
so many different ways. To plainly state it, communication may be described in several ways.
Communication is the process of transmitting, conveying or sending and accepting or receiving
messages (Cheesbro, OConnor, and Rios, 2010). It has to do with the reciprocation of ideas,
messages, or data. Communication may be undertaken either verbally or nonverbally. Verbal
communication can be written or oral communication while nonverbal communication may be
performed with body language, facial expressions, the tone of voice you use, eye contact, and
even hand gestures.
Within this paper, we will discuss demonstrative communication; which is a style of
communication that deals with nonverbal and unwritten communication. We will talk about the
ways that demonstrative communication can be effective or ineffective, positive or negative, both
for the sender and receiver. We will also discuss the ways in which demonstrative communication
necessitates listening and responding.
As previously mentioned demonstrative communication is made up of nonverbal and
unwritten communication. Demonstrative communication involves sending or receiving silent
messages (Nayab, 2010). Despite the fact that demonstrative communication is a sufficient form
of communication on its own, it is often used to draw attention to verbal communication. Facial
expressions are one of the most commonly form of demonstrative communication. As stated by
Nayab (2010), it is likely that body language or kinesics as well as facial expressions make up for
about 55% of all communication. We use facial expressions to communicate every day; just a
simple smile as a way of saying hello to someone is an example of demonstrative communication.
Demonstrative communication is also often used to emphasize verbal communication. Take
a handshake for example. A firm handshake and a pleasant smile after a job interview may
resonate with an employer seeking candidates for a management position. Being articulate and
displaying good manners while at dinner with a client may leave a lasting impression and be the
deciding factor as to whether or not they will stay on with your company. When two people meet,
each one may mutually sense the character of the person. Things like friendliness and politeness
may leave a good first impression while things like no confidence or not making eye contact can

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leave a negative first impression. Clues as to what the other person is like may be determined by
non verbal gestures or body language. Demonstrative communication is often the first way that we
communicate with one another and the first thing we measure a person on. The other person may
as well measure the reaction as a positive or negative response and make use of it to own benefit.
Demonstrative communication provides perspicuity (Sutton, 2011). The personality of a
person is shown by the way the person exposes themselves to other people. An example might be
the way that a youthful business woman in a tailored suit walking with her head held high may infer
an image of self control and confidence. Little things like the way we walk, the way we comb our
hair or the way we dress are all effective form of demonstrative communication.
People bring into play demonstrative communication each day without knowing it. Even
though demonstrative communication can be very positive and effective, people must be cautious
how they exploit it because it can be vague and may be misunderstood. Appearances, gestures,
facial expressions or body language may imply something negative to another person. Someone
in the habit of slouching or standing with their arms crossed all the time may come across as they
are not listening or are uninterested in what another person is discussing. Demonstrative
communication requires the intricacies the languages have to provide and encompasses some
degree of distance (Sutton, 2011). Waving to someone as a way to say hello or goodbye when they
cannot see you is ineffective. Nodding to someone while you are on the phone with them because
you agree with what they are saying does nothing to get your message across.
Similar with some other style of communication, demonstrative communication requires
listening and responding. You are listening with your eyes however, instead of your ears.
Watching someones body language, eye movements and hand gestures can provide you with the
necessary tools you need to respond to the message they are sending you.
Demonstrative communication is everywhere, all around us. We use it in many everyday
activities unknowingly. The actions maybe in the style of smiling, waving, winking an eye, or power
dressing. Listening and responding accordingly to demonstrative communication is something that
takes time and skill to master.

References
Cheesebro, T., OConnor, L., & Rios, F. (2010). Communicating in the workplace. Upper Saddle

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River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Nayab, N. (2010, July 26). Different types of communication. Retrieved from
http://www.brighthub.com/office/project-management/articles/79297.aspx
Sutton, N. (2011, March 26). Pros and cons of nonverbal communication. Retrieved from
http://www.ehow.com/info_8117087_pros-cons-nonverbal-communication.html