January 30, 2014
When I first heard the terms demonstrative communication, I thought about a Mime artist. Without saying a word a Mime artist is able to effectively communicate with others. It is amazing how body language, simple gestures and facial expressions can say so much more than what is actually communicated verbally. How a message is relayed to someone involves way more than what is actually being said verbally. How we receive and send messages using non-verbal cues such as facial expressions, tone of voice, writing and body language are all forms of demonstrative communication. If demonstrative communication is delivered in the ...view middle of the document...
Tone is also a key form of demonstrative communication. You hear the quote “It is not what you say; it is how you say it.” This quote speaks volumes because it gives perfect example as to how demonstrative communication can send your message ineffectively. Think of a positive phrase like “I love you” or “how are you?’, now say the phrase two ways. The first time you say it put a smile in your voice and say it with sincerity. This tone gives the impression that the sender really does love you or he/she is really concerned about your well-being. Now say the same phrase with attitude and a frown and you would get a totally different vibe than the vibe you got with the first one. The second time comes off a little condescending and with the impression that the sender really doesn’t care about getting a response back.
The proper use of demonstrative communication determines how effective a message is delivered and whether or not the receiver received the message in a negative or positive way. In the example of above we explored how the tone of voice changes a positive message into a negative one. This example works the same way with body language, facial expressions and how we write. When writing a message it can be determine...