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Communication: Verbal vs Nonverbal

Types of Communication

Verbal vs. Nonverbal Communication

There are many ways to communicate with people. The two main ways are verbal and nonverbal communication. 

Verbal Communication
Verbal communication is the use of words to convey a message. Some forms of verbal communication are written and oral communication. 

Examples of Written Communication: 

  • Letters
  • Texting
  • Emails
  • Books


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
  • Sign language