Importance of Communication Skills
IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Communication is one of the basic human activities.The ability to communicate by different means is the distinction between human beings and animals. Language is one of the most wonderful tools to be invented by human beings.Out of the many languages used by human societies by far the most popular language which is used for inter racial communication is English. English is most commonly used for communication of Scientific, cultural, business, medical and other fields.Good communication skill in English is considered an asset in any career. Following the technological and social changes brought about by the advent of social media and other applications it is imperative that good communication skills have to be developed in English for a successful career.
Following are the types of communication skills.
• Written communication – formal, informal
• Verbal communication – formal, informal
• Non verbal communication
• Paralingual communication: It is the tone and pitch of your voice when you are talking to people.
What is Verbal Communication ?
Spoken language in order to communicate is called as Verbal Communication. In order to understand, both the speaker and listener should be familiar with the language.
Examples of verbal communication:
• Presentations, speeches, singing etc. are formal verbal communication types
• Conversations, Meetings etc. are informal verbal communication types
Following are the advantages of Verbal Communication:
➨It saves time in communication.
➨It is quick in obtaining feedback once delivered.
➨It provides complete understanding of communication delivered and there is chance to make it more clear in case of doubts in interpretation of words or ideas.
➨It is more reliable method of communication.
➨It is flexible and effective for all.
➨It is powerful means of persuasion and control.
Following are the disadvantages of Verbal Communication:
➨Emotions are visible and hence leads to trouble in certain cases.
➨It has no legal validity and hence will lead to problems in certain situations.
➨It does not provide permanent record unless it is recorded with modern means of storage.
➨It has issues when communicating with distant people.
➨It is difficult for certain people to understand speech due to various speech tones used in verbal communication.
➨This form of communication is not suitable for lengthy message.