Demonstrative Communication

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Demonstrative Communication
Jeffrey Leonard
BCOM/275
11/17/2012
Mr. David Radcliff

Demonstrative Communication
Communication is generally defined as the process of sending and receiving messages. Communication can involve the exchange of information, by speech, signals, writing, or behavior. Communication can be written or visual, verbal or nonverbal. Verbal communication includes oral and written communication whereas nonverbal communication includes facial expressions, body posture, eye contact, or gestures. Written communication can be done through emails, reports, articles, etc. (Sheridan, 2011.) Demonstrative communication includes unwritten and nonverbal communications. Demonstrative communication entails sending and receiving wordless messages (Nayab, 2010).It is often used to reinforce verbal communication, though it can send messages on its own. Facial expressions are the most common among all nonverbal communication (Sheridan, 2011). Demonstrative communication reinforces verbal communication. For example, dressing inappropriately, a weak handshake and an unpleasant demeanor can speak volumes about the type of person someone is in most situations. A person can rely on these qualities to reinforce his or her verbal performance (Sutton, 2011). When a person meets someone, they can tell if the other person is friendly, not only because they say hello, but because they smile, speak cheerfully, and face him or her (Sheridan, 2011). A person can get an idea of what others think about them by the nonverbal signals they send out. Demonstrative communication allows self-expression (Sutton, 2011). How a person presents themselves says much about their personality to others (Sheridan, 2011). The President wears a power suit to convey his dominance and ability as a leader. People use demonstrative communication every day without any knowledge that they are doing so. Although this type of communication can be positive, people should be careful how they use...
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