Communication, in simple terms is sharing information with relevant person or a group of people or with an audience. The way we communicate what we intend to is of utmost importance. The communication should be effective.
What is an effective communication?
Communication is effective when the information is articulated clearly and precisely to the audience. There should be no loose ends which leave a scope for assumptions. While sharing any information, a pattern or a structure is very important. One should be aware of the criticality, usage, impact of the information and it should be articulated in a specific manner.
Generally, it is assumed that anything spoken or written simply means Communication. Though it is partly correct, there is much more depth to the subject.
There are 4 major types of communications:
1. Verbal Communication
2. Non-verbal Communication
3. Written Communication
4. Visual Communication
We are aware that any information which is passed on by speaking is Verbal Communication. However, is it really that simple? The answer generally would be ‘YES’. But there is more to this. In a verbal communication, words spoken are very important. And the manner in which these are spoken is equally important. The voice modulation, the pitch and the tone in which the information or advice, etc. is communicated plays a very important role.
Non-verbal Communication is a very powerful communication method. It can create an impact beyond imagination. The movement of your hands, your legs, your facial expressions, your unspoken reactions convey a lot. Similarly, the way a person dresses up and carries oneself also contributes to the way communication is perceived.
Most of us are habitual to reading books, news papers, articles, etc. Do we enjoy everything that we pick up to read? Definitely not…😊. One of the reasons is that the author is unable to impress your mind or unable to hold on to your attention.
In a written communication, while communicating, you are only a part of drafting. You are not present personally while the receiver is reading the communication. Hence it becomes more critical and important to ensure that the entire communication is sequential, crisp and clear. There should be no or very less room for queries and absolutely no room for assumptions from the receiver to avoid delays in work or a reverse impact.
Visual Communication is based on the usage of media. Graphs, maps, charts, hoardings, pictures, digital formations are tools for visual communication. This is a very powerful method of communication because human brain can easily absorb the visual effects and produce them when required. It is easier to remember and relate an incidence or a data, etc with this type of communication.
Hope you liked the write up so far on Communication…. 😊.
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