Why do we communicate?
Our world is based on making connections: Connections with our family, friends, colleagues, and groups that we belong to or work with. One of the most powerful ways to communicate with others is by speaking with them.
Verbal communication includes sounds, words, language, and speech. Speaking is an effective way of communicating and helps express our thoughts and emotions in words. We show our personalities and opinions through the language we use, which is why it’s crucial to master effective communication skills.
How do you improve these skills? The first step is understanding what communication is. Verbal communication is usually classified into four types, which are:
1. Intrapersonal Communication
This form of communication is private and is restricted internally. It includes the silent conversations we have with ourselves, wherein we juggle roles between the sender and receiver who are processing our thoughts and actions. This process of communication when analyzed can either be conveyed verbally to someone or stay confined as thoughts.
The communication we have with ourselves can influence how we communicate with others. Intrapersonally ask yourself this: is the way I talk to myself positive or negative? What can I do to improve the way I analyze and process my thoughts?
2. Interpersonal Communication
This form of communication takes place between two individuals and is thus a one-on-one conversation. Here, the two individuals involved will swap their roles of sender and receiver in order to communicate in a clearer manner. Questions and responses are used to indicate how well you are understanding each other. Body language, expressions and tone of voice all play a part in how you perceive each other.
Next time you speak to someone, pay attention to how the conversation goes. Are you both communicating well? How do you feel when speaking or being spoken to? What signals are you giving through your body language or expressions?
3. Small Group Communication
This type of communication can take place only when there are more than two people involved. Here the number of people will be small enough to allow each participant to interact and converse with each other. Press conferences, board meetings, and team meetings are examples of group communication. Unless a specific issue is being discussed, small group discussions can become chaotic and difficult to interpret by everybody. This lag in understanding information completely can result in miscommunication.
Do you feel comfortable in small group situations? Sometimes, there is too much information from several group members to fully respond to each person. In some situations, one or two people may speak the most. Watch how others successfully interact and respond in these groups and practice dialoguing with others in similar ways.
4. Public Communication
This type of communication takes place when one individual addresses a large gathering of people. Election campaigns and public speeches are examples of this type of communication. In such cases, there is usually a single sender of information and several receivers who are being addressed.
This type of communication is also crucial in establishing a business brand or a professional as an expert. Learning how to communicate effectively as a natural leader can be difficult. It take time and practice to learn how to communicate in this way, which is why a system like TAYGo can help you learn these skills and increase your visibility. You will be recognized as an expert in your field by persistently sharing your expertise with others.
Of course, each type of verbal communication is important. As you work to develop each, you will have more fulfilling experiences with friends and colleagues. And as you become more confident, you can learn how to lead others with small group and public communication. Take time to gain expertise, and you also take time to improve your public communication!