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Communication: Types of Communication

Types of Communication

Verbal Communication

Verbal communication is the use of spoken words to communicate our message.

Examples of Oral Communication: 

  • Face-to-face conversations
  • Speech
  • Host on a Radio 
  • Interviews

Nonverbal Communication

Nonverbal communication is the use of body language to convey a message. 

Examples of Body Language Communication:

  • Waving (An indication of "Hello" or "Goodbye" in some cultures)
  • Head nod (An indication of agreement)
  • Finger tapping (Impatient or tired of waiting)
  • Arms crossed over chest (A gesture indicating defensiveness or stress)
  • Making eye contact (An indication you're paying attention)
  • Handshakes
  • Hugs 
  • Smile
  • Eye roll
  • Sign languages

Visual Communication

Visual communication is the use of images or videos to communicate your message visually.

Examples of Visual Communication: 

  • Infographics
  • Videos
  • Charts
  • Illustrations
  • Photography

Written Communication

Written communication is use written words to convey your message.

Examples of Written Communication: 

  • Letters
  • Texts
  • Emails
  • Books

Other Forms of Communication

Group Communication

Group communication is the interaction between members of a small group of individuals. 


Some examples of group communication are:

  • Families
  • Friends
  • Work teams
  • Sports team

Interpersonal Communication

The process by which people express feelings, emotions, and information through verbal and nonverbal messages.


Some examples of interpersonal communication are:

  • Face-to-face conversations
  • Phone conversations
  • Sign language
  • Using body language

Intercultural Communication

The communication between individuals of different linguistic, cultural origins, or social groups.


Some examples of intercultural communication are:

  • Conversations between an American woman and a Chinese woman
  • A Buddhist conversing with a Christian person
  • An African American woman conversing with an Asian American man