Types of Communication – Verbal (Oral) and Written Communication

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Types of Communication

Generally, we use writing communication to co-ordinate with others. For such a communication, language is essential. Communication through spoken works is known as oral /verbal communication, which may be in the form of lectures, meetings, group discussions, conferences, telephonic conversations, radio message etc. In written communication, message is transmitted through written words in the form of letters, memos, circulars, notices, reports, manuals, magazines, handbooks, etc.

Types of communication

Types of Communication

Types of communication

  • Written communication may be ‘Visual’, ‘Aural’, or ‘Gestural’. Sometimes you look into some pictures, graphs, symbols, diagrams etc. These are different forms of written (visual) communication.

  • Bells, whistles, buzzers, horns etc. are also the instruments through which we can communicate our message. Communication with the help of these type of sounds is called ‘aural’ communication. For example, the bell used in schools and colleges to inform students and teachers about the beginning or end of periods, siren used in factories to inform the change of work–shift of the workers are examples of Aural communication.

  • Communication through the use of various parts of the human body, or through body language is termed as gestural communication. Saluting our national flag, motionless position during the singing of national anthem, waving of hands, nodding of head, showing anger on face, etc. are examples of gestural communication.

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