Types of communication

Communication means exchanging information.

You can communicate in many ways. In fact, almost everything that you do communicates with the people around you in some way. Look at the following list and think about the forms of communication that are most important and effective for you.

  • Talking in person

  • Talking on the phone

  • Writing in a journal

  • Writing letters

  • Writing emails

  • Texting

  • Writing a blog or making a video Posting on social media

  • Making or writing music

  • Creating art

  • Writing poetry, plays or stories

  • Making or sharing videos

  • Commenting on online content (for example articles, videos, photos)

Being aware of how you like to communicate and the messages you send to others can help you understand yourself and become a more effective communicator.

Communicating in person and in writing

Speaking in person can sometimes feel more difficult, but it is often most effective because people are able to hear your tone of voice, see your body language and ask for clarification. Written communication (including texting or social media posts) does not convey tone or emotion very effectively. As a result, it can be easier to misinterpret. When it comes to communicating online, either with friends or on public pages, keep in mind that anything can easily be reposted even if you have high privacy settings on your own account. A good rule is not to post anything online that you would not post publicly.

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