Demonstrative Communication Paper
August 18th, 2014
We communicate with each other through various forms, either verbal, written, nonverbal or unwritten communications or through a combination of these forms. The verbal and written forms of communication are the most commonly known. However, nonverbal and unwritten communications are equally if not more important to successful communication. These forms can be used to send a message as well as accentuate your verbal communication. Nonverbal communication can occur through the use of facial expression, body movement, eye contact, gestures, touch, ...view middle of the document...
A need to know your audience and control your body language is key to good communication. Say if you were to bow at the beginning of your message, in some cultures it’s a sign of respect and in others it could mean nothing. In some cultures, poor posture and exposing the soles of your feet while seated is considered rude. Body language can be a determining factor as to whether the intended message will or won’t be received.
Gestures are another form of nonverbal communication. A simple definition would be the movement or position of the hand, arm, body or head that is expressive of an idea, opinion or emotion. These movements can add or detract from the intended message. Gestures can be used to add significance to a point being made or to demonstrate how to do something. However, some gestures may be cultural, so giving a thumbs-up or a peace sign might have a completely different meaning to others than it might in the United States.
Eye contact is an important element to communication. Eye contact can communicate you interest in a subject, and can show confidence and emotion. As the communicator, you can also gauge the interest and understanding of your message by the receiver. Eye contact during a conversation is vital. It shows attentiveness and interest in what is being said. Eye contact is similar to a conversation; it goes back and forth between those individuals who are engaged in a discussion, dialogue, or chat. Good eye contact can be used to gauge understanding of your intended message. However, don’t stare. Staring can create a feeling of uneasiness for both the person talking and the person listening.
This is a sensitive area. While most cultures understand a handshake, other forms of contact such as a hug, pat on the back, or the grabbing of one’s arm could be considered offensive or even intimate. During most meetings I have had, touch is not a widely used for of communication other than a good handshake when first meeting someone. A good handshake can help ease tensions and make the...