June 16, 2014
With approximately 7,000 different languages currently spoken throughout the world, it is astounding that only seven percent of communication is through words ("Languages Other", 2014). The remaining 93 percent of communication used by the world population is demonstrative communication. With the majority of communication in today's civilization being conveyed nonverbally, I will expound on what demonstrative communication is, how it encompasses listening and responding then afford some examples on how demonstrative communication can be positive, effective, negative, and ineffective for both the sender and receiver.
All forms of communication utilize the same basic process; a sender transmits information via a conduit to a receiver. Demonstrative communication uses this same process; however, the information is communicated unwritten and nonverbally through physiology and body language with the assistance of facial expressions, gestures, paralinguistic, body posture, proxemics, haptics and appearance (Cherry, 2014). Listening and responding are two critical and essential factors in demonstrative communication. As in all successful communication, the sender needs to ensure the receiver understands the intended message accurately by actively listening to the publicized message and responding to the sender that the message is conveyed effectively. An example of this would be the receiver portraying to the sender that they're listening to the message by use of direct eye contact, and then responding to the received message with a gesture of a thumbs up, implying the message was received, decoded, and understood.
Demonstrative communication can be both effective and ineffective. The sender's and receiver's body posture is a good example of how a message can be accentuated or distorted, determining if the message is delivered successfully. If the sender...