“Can We Just Talk?” Can Mean A Lot of Different Things… Use Your Knowledge of Communication to Better Communicate !’’

By: Rachel Carpenter

We live in a day and age where constant communication with one another is the norm! Whether it’s an email to your boss, a text to your co-worker, or a call to your significant other- communication can be as simple as the click of a button. 

But what about good communication? 

Just because communication is more accessible shouldn’t mean that it requires less thought. Communication is how you present yourself to the world. You use your words, demeanor, and much more to convey what would otherwise be just thoughts and emotions. 

Communication gives us a portal to share information— whether it be out loud, on paper, or digital. Think of yourself as the sender, the person you’re communicating with to be the receiver, and how you communicate with them as a portal. This allows us to picture the process much more clearly. 

Understanding the different types of communication will give you a better idea of how much communicating you do daily and how to go about all of these more effectively!

The first type of communication is direct verbal. 

  • Verbal is when you’re speaking to someone directly. To have good verbal communication, many different factors must be controlled. 
  • You must speak loudly for the person to hear you. 
  • You must choose a setting where the person would even be able to hear you- deciding to have a deep conversation with someone while on a rollercoaster is somewhat difficult. 
  • Body language plays a huge factor In verbal communication- what you’re saying with your body and facial expressions could be completely different than what you’re saying with your words. Sometimes you use non-verbal communication in verbal communication. It all ties together. 

When you are face-to-face with someone, good communication can be a tad more complicated— all of these factors are necessary.

The second type of communication is non-direct verbal. This is a conversation taking place between people that maybe aren’t looking at one another or aren’t in the same place. For example, a cell phone call or a text message.

  • With this, controlling the portal between you is still very important. Your volume and choice of the setting are still necessary to good non-direct verbal communication. 
  • Think of all the times you were on a cellphone called and it dropped because of the lack of service. Setting matters!
  • Oral communication, such as writing a letter or sending a text is considered non-direct. You cannot see the person but you have their words— what they want to say without saying it to you themselves. 
  • With non-direct, body language no longer plays a factor. It’s just based on what the other person can hear, as they cannot see you. Because of this, many people would prefer to have a difficult conversation with someone over the phone. 

The last type of communication we will discuss today is non-verbal.

  • Non-verbal communication can mean so many different things. Conveying what you mean without using words. This can often be unintentional, as the person you are communicating with may be reading your body language without you even realizing it. 
  • There are also signs that we as a society use. For example, a thumbs up is a non-verbal means of communicating that ‘it’s all good’. Or a wave could be used to greet someone without words. 

Communication is necessary for our career, as well as our personal life. Understanding all of the different types makes it easier to practice them. You didn’t master your ABCs without first learning all of the different letters right? Different lessons, same concept. 

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