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Advantages of Verbal Communication | Disadvantages of Verbal Communication

This page covers advantages and disadvantages of Verbal Communication. It mentions benefits or advantages of Verbal Communication and drawbacks or disadvantages of Verbal Communication.

Introduction : Following are the types of communication used by people.
• Written communication - formal, informal
• Verbal communication - formal, informal
• Non verbal communication
• Paralingual communication: It is the tone and pitch of your voice when you are talking to people.

What is Verbal Communication ?

It is considered as oral communication which takes help of words as medium for communication. Verbal communication requires speech organs in the human beings to produce the sound which is perceived by ears on the other side. In other words, it is spoken language, human speech or sounds. The different languages are used by people in order to communicate such as english, hindi, tamil, telugu, Slavic etc. In order to understand, both the persons should be familiar with the language. The figure depicts a man and a woman communicating using speech organs e.g. vocal cord and ear.

Verbal communication

EXAMPLES of verbal communication:
• Presentations, speeches, singing etc. are formal verbal communication types
• Conversations, Meetings etc. are informal verbal communication types

Advantages of Verbal Communication

Following are the advantages of Verbal Communication:
➨It saves time in communication.
➨It is quick in obtaining feedback once delivered.
➨It provides complete understanding of communication delivered and there is chance to make it more clear in case of doubts in interpretation of words or ideas.
➨It is more reliable method of communication.
➨It is flexible and effective for all.
➨It is powerful means of persuation and control.
➨It is cheaper way of communication and hence saves money.

Disadvantages of Verbal Communication

Following are the disadvantages of Verbal Communication:
➨Emotions are visible and hence leads to trouble in certain cases.
➨It has no legal validity and hence will lead to problems in certain situations.
➨It does not provide permanent record unless it is recorded with modern means of storage.
➨It has issues when communicating with distant people.
➨It is difficult for certain people to understand speech due to various speech tones used in verbal communication.
➨This form of communication is not suitable for lengthy message.
➨There is chance of leak of secret information with the help of modern devices such as polygraph or lie detector. Often secret information can be obtained while the person is under the influence of alcohol.

What is non verbal communication?

The human beings without proper speech organs can not produce sound. Moreover human beings without ears can not be part of receiving end of verbal communication. For these kind of people, non verbal means of communication is employed to help them communicate and pass information. This communication type uses some gestures and sign languages in order to communicate.

EXAMPLES of non verbal communication:
• Gestures
• Physical appearance
• Facial expressions
• Hand movements
• Leg movements
• Sitting posture
• Touch
• Dance

Conclusion: In order to understand advantages of Verbal Communication and disadvantages of Verbal Communication one has to understand verbal communication basics and also written communication >>.

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