UGC NET Paper-1: Verbal Communication

Verbal Communication
nta net paper-1

Verbal communication is the sharing of information using words. It is what most people use as a method of communication. We will learn about non-verbal and visual communication in the next session. Verbal communication is important because if you do not. use the right words, you will cause confusion and you will not be able to communicate what you want. The important forms of verbal communication are given in table below:


Type of Verbal Communication Examples
Oral or Spoken Communication: Communication which involves talking Face-to-face conversation: When you can see the listener. For example, group discussion, talking to family members at home, public speeches, etc.
Talking on a phone: This is for personal and official communication. Phone conversations should begin with a greeting (Hello), talking and listening to each other. The conversation can end with a ‘Thank you’ and ‘Bye’. 
Classroom teaching, business meeting and public speeches are other examples of oral communication, where one person talks to many others at once.
Written Communication: Communication which involves written or typed words Writing on paper: letters, notes, etc.
SMS (Short Message Service): These can be sent through a phone to a person or a group. 
Using email to share news, thoughts, documents and files (including photos, videos, music, etc.). e-mail can be used to send messages to a person or to a group.
Printed books and newspapers


Advantages of Verbal Communication 

It is easy and quick. You can say what you want and get a quick response. It is an easier form of communication when you have to exchange ideas. You keep changing your communication as per the other person’s reply. 


Disadvantages of Verbal Communication 

Since verbal communication depends on words, sometimes the meanings become confusing and difficult to understand if the right words are not used.


Public Speaking 

Public Speaking is a form of Verbal Communication, that involves speaking in front of an audience. Speaking in front of a large group makes most people nervous. You can use the 3Ps (Prepare, Practice, Perform) method to get over your fears, and become a confident and effective speaker. These points are shown in Table below:


3Ps of Public Speaking
Prepare Think about your topic Think about what your listeners need to know about the topic Think about the best way to make your listeners understand your topic Write what you plan to say
Practice Practice by yourself first. Talk in front of a mirror Talk in front of your family and friends and ask them what they think Speak clearly, loudly and at the right speed (not very fast nor very slow) 
Perform Take a few deep breaths if you are feeling nervous Think about what you have prepared and start speaking confidently


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