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Types of Communication


Communication means transferring thoughts, information, emotion and ideas through gesture, voice, symbols, signs and expressions from one person to another. Three things are most important and essential in any communication process they are Sender, Receiver and the Channel (medium).

The Sender is encoding the messages in any form like voice, written or any signs. So they often called as Encoder. The Receiver is decoding the message from the sender to understand the message. So they often called as Decoder.

Channel: Any message or Information needs some channel or a medium. Example: television is an audio visual medium which decode the electronic signals into an audio-visual to the audience.

There are 2 basic types of communications:

  • Verbal Communication
  • Non-Verbal Communication

Verbal Communication

The communication happens through verbally, vocally or through written words which express or convey the message to other is called verbal communication.

Example: Baby crying (vocal) is verbal communication which express the hungry or pain through vocally.

Verbal communication has two types

A. Oral Communication

B. Written Communication

  • A. Oral Communication: A communication which happens through word of mouth, spoken words, conversations and also any messages or information are shared or exchanged between one another through speech or word of mouth is called oral communication. Example: Public speech, News reading, Television, Radio, telephone and mobile conversations.
oral communication
  • B. Written Communication: A communication happens through any word written or often written sign which refers the languages uses in any medium is called written communication. Example:  Simply any hand written, typed, Newspaper, printed word documents, letters, books and magazines.
written communication
  • Non-Verbal Communication: Any communication without word of mouth, spoken words, conversation and written languages are called Non-Verbal Communication. It happens through signs, symbols, colours, gestures, body language or any facial expressions are known as non verbal communication. Traffic signals are one of the best examples for non verbal communication.
Non-Verbal Communication
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  • basil mathew June 18, 2015, 1:15 am

    more study about communication

  • myela February 12, 2016, 5:42 pm

    is this a theory ??

  • kim May 27, 2016, 1:04 am

    communication theory????

  • selma June 20, 2017, 1:56 pm

    I want to to know about discourse maker and types of communication

  • selma June 20, 2017, 1:59 pm

    what is discourse marker

  • Addisu March 9, 2018, 10:27 pm

    I want to know the basic assumption of communication

  • David August 22, 2018, 7:41 pm

    thanks a lot

  • MATHIUS VASCO UG September 2, 2018, 12:25 am

    thanks for such good information

  • bharathi.t September 3, 2018, 6:54 pm

    i want communication skill

  • Pradip Kumar Dalai September 8, 2018, 9:34 pm

    superb sir….but i want know more about barrier of communication.

  • Pradip Kumar Dalai September 8, 2018, 9:35 pm

    superb sir.

  • Amisha patel October 4, 2018, 9:36 pm

    I wanna know about non verbal communication and it’s parts… btw Thnq so much for such a good information…

  • Hugh G. Rection October 12, 2018, 9:41 am

    Very good

  • Rohit Kumar December 25, 2018, 11:32 pm

    Use information about types of communications

  • aditya kanase January 23, 2019, 7:19 pm

    thanks a lot
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  • BIRUK LOPISO February 22, 2019, 12:04 am


  • mushavo legend March 11, 2019, 4:41 pm

    i want to know communication theory

  • Nisarga March 21, 2019, 7:26 am

    Thank you very much sir

  • Mayfield Benjamin April 20, 2019, 5:59 am

    Information wascvery informative. Examples were very simple. Thank you

  • Rayees Dar April 22, 2019, 10:43 pm

    If verbal using of words or language how can u then classify written into verbal

  • kahnu April 27, 2019, 7:47 am

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  • Mohammed B. Kamara May 1, 2019, 11:43 pm

    It was very interested to us.

  • museka mathias May 6, 2019, 2:58 pm

    nice but there is no challenges of communication while explained

  • Aditya bhairam May 21, 2019, 4:23 pm

    I want some description about types of non verbal also

  • rivo May 28, 2019, 1:42 am

    I want to know forms of communication

  • Jasmine Jakhu June 2, 2019, 7:55 pm


  • Qim June 20, 2019, 2:18 pm

    I guess this ain’t theory.

  • polycarp lungu July 8, 2019, 12:45 am

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  • mashkur hussaini October 9, 2019, 12:47 am

    means of communication

  • Isaya luoga November 26, 2019, 1:53 am


  • Abhishek Patil November 26, 2019, 8:17 pm

    There are 7 major types of non-verbal communication :
    1) kinesics
    2) haptics
    3) paralanguage
    4) eye contact
    5) gestures
    6) proxemics
    7) chronamics

  • Priya swain November 30, 2019, 12:11 am

    Thanks..it help me lot in my s.e.c exam.

  • Rohit patil December 4, 2019, 9:39 am

    give Information about what is barriers to communication

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