Verbal communication refers to communication which is done with the help of words. Believe it or not, it is not the most used form of communication. In fact, it is the least effective.
In general communication, (as seen over the past eon) words are only 7% effective. Yes, conveying things non-verbally is used much more than using words to convey. There is a complete psychology behind it, that one needs to understand.
Types of Verbal Communication
There is a major misconception on the World Wide Web about its basic meaning. Many people believe that verbal refers to oral communication; that is spoken language. However, in reality, oral communication is one type of verbal communication. Written communication, which is considered to be separate, is actually the other type.
As such the definition can be written as, "Verbal communication is that medium of expression that makes use of words. It is governed by the rules of the language that the used words are in."
Styles of Verbal Communication
All activities that an individual engages in while trying to put across his thoughts, would fall into one of the two styles. They are; formal and informal. Let us understand these styles better.
It mostly requires an individual to stick to a certain language; hopping between languages is not appropriate. Errors are seldom tolerated in formal style.
In case of oral communication, body language plays a very major role. Body language and other non-verbal methods help make it more effective. For example, if someone were to say, "I care about you", with absolutely no facial or physical expression, you would think that a robot is talking to you, right?
Well, that is why, communication methods via speaking are said to be one of the most complex, yet essential activities that a human being engages in. Communication in inevitable. Even while we try not to communicate, we communicate. It is omnipresent and is the reason why all the elements on earth are tied together.