The Different Mediums of Communications

Being inspired by one of my recent strategic communication classes, I decided to do a mini-series on a few mediums of communications. I will be focusing on the oral, written, and non-verbal styles of communication and break them down even further, discussing their benefits. For this post I will be discussing the oral side of communication, more specifically within organizational settings.

Oral communication can consists of:

Face-to-face or Interpersonal interactions (allows for feedback , non-verbal cues, ability to communicate confidential/personal information, negotiate
Telephone/ Teleconferences (discuss confidential information, provide good or bad news, inform or confirm when feedback isn’t needed.

Video messages/Video conferences (personal connection with audience/group, efficient, economically friendly, ablitiy to train/inform without physical presence )

Speeches/Oral presentations (great forum for persuasive messages , delivering news to a large audience)

Overall, oral/interpersonal communication is considered to be a “rich form of communication”. This is due to the fact that it involves the a lot of non-verbal cues, in addition to it’s oral information. This includes: facial expressions, body language, personal space, attitude, tone, an even physical appearance. These forms of communication foster a more “dialogic” approach to communiation because they allow for feedback.


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