Types of communication
Communication is a way to convey one’s message to someone else. Communication is a necessary part of everyone’s life. It is a tool through which people connect to each other. Communication can be of five different types: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, verbal, non-verbal, and written communication. We will illustrate each type of communication briefly.
Have you ever wondered that when you are alone, you communicate to your own self? Have you observed the process of building up of a message in your mind before you articulate it or write it to someone else? Every person can easily relate to above processes. The internal use of language by someone is known as Intrapersonal communication. It is basically a one-way communication, in which the sender of the message is also the receiver of it.
Interpersonal communication is a process by which people share their ideas, emotions, feelings, information, thoughts to one person or a small group of people. It is also referred to the face-to-face communication. This type of communication has minimum communication barriers.
Communication is not only the use of words and languages. The non-verbal communication is the use of signs, gestures, body language, and face expressions, and different posture. Non-verbal communication can convey the indented message to the indented audience. For instance, when someone ask something to you and you say no just by a simple nod. Non-verbal communication can also be used with verbal communication in order to strengthen the communication process. It is always recommended to use hand gestures while giving presentations, or to give appropriate face expressions while talking to someone in order to convey your ideas in a more intelligible way.
When we use spoken words to convey our message to someone else, we are actually having a verbal and oral communication. We mostly communicate with different people verbally. Whether we ask our mom for the breakfast, or we ask our co-worker about his day, we mostly do it through spoken words. In verbal communication, speaking is not the only essential part. Listening also plays an important role in verbal communication. Without a listener, the thoughts that a speaker has articulated will be considered as mere meaningless words.
When we communicate our thoughts to someone through written words, drawn sketches, or some statistics, we are doing a written communication. As a listener is necessary for a verbal communication, the reader is an important part or the written communication. We write emails, text messages, reports, a letter or an application in written words. The writing communication is also an effective way to communicate in a business circle.