Demonstrative Communication Paper

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Demonstrative Communication Paper
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Demonstrative Communication Paper
“Demonstrative communication includes nonverbal and unwritten communication and involves such things as facial expressions, tone of voice, and body language.” (University of Phoenix, 2011, Course Syllabus) Demonstrative communication supplements verbal communication in many ways. For example, when a salesman dresses smartly, and presents a friendly attitude he is saying I’m trustworthy and am offering a great deal. Demonstrative communication, as stated above, is done several ways via nonverbal action such as, a smile on a salesman’s face and his posture when presenting his wares. The facial expression would portray a positive image since he is
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For example, if a student is listening at a lecture and the speaker is not making eye contact, making wild hand gestures, jerky body movements, and their voice is cracking then the listeners would have a negative experience. The way the speaker moves, looks and reacts tells the listeners he is uncomfortable and this causes the listeners to become disinterested in the subject matter. These nonverbal communications have a huge impact on how the listeners respond because gestures express as much as or more than words. The speaker must be acutely aware of his body language and that of his audience because if he crosses his arms it could indicate defensiveness or disinterest. The speaker may clench or wring his hands can indicate tension, strong disagreement or feelings of pressure. If the speaker begins to tap his fingers on the podium or looking at his watch can show boredom or impatience. Eye contact, or lack of it, can cause a listener to feel ignored; too much might cause the listener to feel self-conscious or threatened. Facial expressions can reflect honesty, friendliness, guilt, happiness, sadness, fear and many other feelings. Unlike verbal sentences, facial expressions can express the entire message in an instant. “In contrast to other closed-class expressions, demonstratives are universal, they are generally so old that their roots are not etymologically analyzable, they are among the earliest words that children learn, and they are closely
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