In today’s blog post we are going to give a primer to communication. Put simply, the core and tendrils of communication.

Communication has developed, formed, and transformed our society for centuries. Without the development of communication, we most likely wouldn’t be where we are today. In essence, communication is one of the foundations of creation.

Communication

At its core, communication is the imparting or exchanging of information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium. Communication is when the receiver conveys or shares the ideas and feelings behind the message.

According to Skills You Need, there are complexities to communication. Often, messages can have different interpretations depending on how they are perceived. This leads to different feelings than the intended meaning of the message. Conversations come from the idea of interpretation and the intended meaning of messages. This leads to four categories of communication.

Categories of Communication

When it comes to categories of communication there are four main types: Spoken or Verbal Communication, Non-Verbal Communication, Written Communication, and Visualizations. 

Verbal Communication

Verbal communication is the transfer of information through speaking or sign language. Additionally, verbal communication is seen in face-to-face conversations, video conferences, and phone calls. Verbal communication is the most common type of communication because it is the most efficient.

Non-Verbal Communication

Non-verbal is the use of body language, gestures, and facial expressions to convey information to others. This category is most helpful when trying to understand others’ thoughts and feelings. The idea of using non-verbal communication comes from the concept of using communication intentionally and unintentionally. Such as smiling unintentionally when hearing a nice song. 

Written Communication

Written communication is the act of writing, typing, or printing symbols to convey information. Note here that the difference between non-verbal and written communication is that non-verbal dives into body language to communicate.

Much like the Cuneiform script seen in the Sumerian city of Uruk. Common forms of written communication can be seen in the workplace. Sending emails and instant messaging results in a simpler form of communication.

Because of the results written communication has brought, it has now become the preferred form of communication in corporate and self-made businesses. 

Visual Communication

Visual communication is the act of using photographs, art, drawing, sketches, charts, and graphs to convey information. Visuals are often used to aid presentations and provide helpful context alongside written and verbal communication. 

Further, categories of communication are used every day, and because they are the most common types, tendrils have sprouted. In other words, categories lead to the next advanced form. An advanced form in which we use the categories and transform them into types of communication.

Summation

In this blog post, we discussed the core of communication and what it means, which is the base level. Additionally, we discussed the categories which form the second tiers to communication. In the next part, we will discuss the types and styles of communication.

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