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Demonstrative Communication Essay

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BCOM 275

Dec 8, 2014

Dr. Don Marrin

Demonstrative Communication

We have all had to sit in a boring class or meeting and listen to someone present information. Often times the message that is supposed to be delivered just doesn’t sink in because the sender of the message is not animated in anyway shape or form. One of the most important aspects of communication is the non-verbal kind.


Communication is the act of passing information from one person to the next. How that information is passed is the difficult part. If the sender can’t pass a message on to the next person, or receiver, you lose the shared understanding and the sender’s intent can’t be acknowledged. This not only frustrates the receiver, but can also frustrate the sender. As a sender, you can receive instant feedback from the audience as well. It is a two way street.

As a receiver of information, it is easy to provide instant feedback to the sender. If that sender looks up from their notes or presentation, you can make eye contact with them. This lets them know that you are paying attention to what they are saying. You can also nod your head up and down or side-to-side to display your acknowledgement of what they may be saying. The receiver’s body language says a lot to the sender. If you are looking away or texting someone, the sender tends to believe that you don’t care or don’t understand. Sometimes a little smile can make the sender more comfortable and make the presentation better. It is not all about the receiver though. After all, communication starts with the sender.

The sender has a critical role in the communication process. The sender must be informed on the topic and must also know the audience. If the sender is giving a speech and locks themselves behind the podium, does not look at the audience and speaks in a monotone voice the entire time, the receivers will likely not meet the intent of what the sender is trying to deliver. There are many different types of non-verbal gestures that a sender of information can do that will greatly enhance the communication process.

Body language is very powerful as a sender. If your sender is standing before you with a strait back, shoulders rolled slightly back and using their hands to describe things, the receiver will know that the sender is knowledgeable and trusts what he/she is telling you. Making eye contact is vital as a sender as well. You can see the entire audience and know if what you are telling them is sinking in. It also shows that you are confident in what you are saying. If a person is staring


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