Stefanie Helton, Nathaniel Harrison, Paul Zachary
August 5, 2013
Demonstrative communication is the process of sending and receiving messages. It involves exchanging thoughts, messages, or information. This form of communication includes verbal and nonverbal, written or visual, sending, and receiving of messages (Nayab, 2010). Communication in the manner of facial expressions, tone of voice, or body language can either be effective or ineffective, positive or negative, for both the sender and the receiver. This paper will provide examples showing how demonstrative communication can be effective, ...view middle of the document...
The reason being that demonstrative communication is an important part of a sermon delivery. This is not just vital for preaching but for all aspects of communication. There is the expression “your face speaks for you.” Many of times a person does not have to say anything and just the look on his or her face says a thousand words, whether good or bad.
Demonstrative communication will involve both verbal and non-verbal forms. Verbal is mainly along the lines of spoken word. The non-verbal is a much vaster field. This can be anything from printed words as in an e-mail or text, a look given when speaking, to a simple nod of the head. The message relayed will be read not only by the words that are used but by the general tone of voice as well as body language. If a person is speaking very softly, one of two things will happen. Either the audience with quiet down and pay closer attention to what is being said or they will decide the message must not be important and stop paying attention altogether. On the other hand, a loud speaker may do one of two things as well. Either the power in their tone will grab the attention of the audience and force them to focus on what is being said, or the sheer power of the tone will come across as anger and push the audience away. It is important that the speaker chooses a tone that correctly fits the situation or the speaker may lose the audience and his or her focus.
Second, the speaker should choose words carefully to prevent an offensive premise that may push his or her audience away. It is important to be careful not to use items that fall into possible issue points of race, sex, creed, religion or sexual orientation. Steering clear of these provide a better chance of not offending a person or group, thus providing more chance of holding the audience’s attention.
Finally, body language is probably the largest point that can make or break a message. It starts with the speaker’s first impression. If a person shakes...