Demonstrative Communication

University of Phoenix
BCOM/275 - Business Communication and Critical Thinking

Within this paper, the demonstrative communication processes including nonverbal, facial expressions, body language, tone of voice and unwritten will be examined and discussed. During the discussion of demonstrative communication, examples will be provided in an attempt to show the reader how demonstrative communication can be positive or negative for the sender and receiver. This paper will also discuss how demonstrative communication involves listening and responding.
Demonstrative Communication
We as a people have learned, as well as having been taught since infancy in the subtle nuances of demonstrative communication. An infant\'s grimace has brought out the paternal instincts of many to rush to the aid of the infant with the thought of something bothering him or her. This being said, the infant may have only created the appearance of being bothered in order to gain the attention of others.

Nonverbal Verbal Communication
Studies show that nonverbal communication carries between 65 percent and 95 percent more impact than the actual words spoken, especially when the message involves emotional meaning and attitudes. These nonverbal cues include facial expressions, eye contact, gestures, posture, body movement, and tones of voice, dress, grooming, touch and even your environment - all wordless signals that speak volumes. Dress appropriately for the occasion. Make sure your clothing fits the situation. Make sure "business casual" is not "business careless". Choose high quality, well-tailored garments that convey professionalism. Depending on your corporate culture, wear a business suit or at least a jacket for important meetings and presentations, especially with senior leaders and customers. Avoid showy accessories, busy patterns and tight revealing garments. If career advancement is your goal, convey a polished professional presence in the workplace. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. (Anonymous.) "Nonverbal Communication 2013" Network Journal.
Interpersonal Communication1
Recognize the different patterns of nonverbal communication. There are similarities in the way most people physically react and carry themselves. However, do not be convinced that one person\'s particular gesture, posture, or physical attitude means the same for another. Avoid making such assumptions so that you can minimize unfortunate miscommunications. Your knowledge of or familiarity with those whom you have contact helps you determine the ways they communicate verbally, so use that information to your advantage. Preston, P. (2005), Nonverbal communication; Do you really say what you mean?

Nonverbal Facial Communication. Professionalism dictates that at work we should engage in a positive, self-confident manner while we give instructions, communicate decisions and discuss our mind-set. Yet despite our professionalism, most of us are unaware of our (and others\') nonverbal language or conduct. Here are examples of body language that you may recognize in your own professional or personal interactions.
If a person\'s eyes are downcast and face turned away, you\'re being shut out. However if the mouth is relaxed without the mechanical smile, chin is forward, he is probably considering your proposal. If her eyes engage yours for several seconds at a time with a slight, one-sided smile extending at least to nose level, she is weighing your position or argument. Then if the head is shifted to the same level as yours, smile is relaxed and appears enthusiastic, agreement is very likely. (Preston 1979) Preston, P. (2005)

Positive and Negative Communication. When a sender of a message maintains forms of positive nonverbal communication such as a warm smile with caring eyes, the receiver will notice the sender to be relaxed and the receiver will give positive feedback. However if the sender\'s body appears tense and their eye brows are pushed together with their eyes squinted, the receiver is likely to perceive the sender to be appalled or disgusted and may refuse to give credible feedback.

Always be mindful of the way you are communicating to others by nonverbal means. Remember to be yourself but always maintain positive thoughts and the optimistic appearance will exude from your persona. Always see the best in everyone and always give the best from yourself.
BIBLIOGRAPHY Anonymous. (2013). Nonverbal Communication 2013. Network Journal, 20(3), 50. Retreived from
Preston, P. (2005). Nonverbal communication; Do you really say what you mean?. Journal of Healthcare Management, 50(2), 83-6. Retrieved from