List of Verbal Communication Types

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Human verbal communication consists of two primary types, speech and writing. To be an effective communicator and have excellent verbal skills, you must practice speaking and writing in a wide variety of situations and styles. Mastering both types of verbal communication allows you to more effectively deliver your message the way you want it received.

Written Communication

Notes are brief communications of important information in business and personal relationships. They may contain reminders, requests or suggestions. Sometimes they are left on small squares of paper for another member of the office or household to see.

Letters are longer than notes and may cover several topics. The topic of a letter could be a solicitation, complaint, offer or request. A letter can be informative or inspirational, business or personal. Personal letters usually are written from one person to another person or group. Letters of famous or influential people often become important historical, political or religious documents.

Electronic Communication

An email is a kind of note or letter that is sent electronically through the Internet. It is a speedy form of verbal communication that contains its own special set of rules. Using all capital letters can be interpreted as screaming at the person receiving the email, which can lead to misunderstandings and problems in the workplace.

Text messaging, or texting, is another modern technological form of verbal communication. Spelling rules are often set aside, allowing forms like "u" instead of "you" and "2" instead of "too" or "to." Text messages are very short and are communicated through cell phones and other mobile electronic devices.

Spoken Communication

Speeches are made by political candidates and other public figures to persuade an audience to adopt their points of view or take particular courses of action. Speeches may be delivered with the use of notes, teleprompters or cue cards--thus mixing written and oral verbal communication.

Sermons are a type of speech that occurs in religious services. Religious leaders use sermons to instruct their congregations regarding their lives and social issues.

Spoken communication occurs most basically in any interpersonal conversation, whether face-to-face or over the telephone.