What are the advantages of verbal communication - over non-verbal communication?

by admin September 7th, 2008. Filed under: non-verbal communication.

Hi,

Why is 'speech' - a verbal way of communicating - better than non-verbal communication?

What makes speech so good?

Why would we rather have the ability to speak, then to rely more heavily on non-verbal methods (i.e. gesturing, body language etc)?

In Verbal Communication, we are able to express ourselves very clearly. We are able to point out, one by one. the ideas, insights, and views we want to impart to the audience.

Verbal Communication is more effective if we combine it with non-verbal ones like meaningful gestures and body language.

For example, if you say "I am strong!" followed by pounding your chest once or twice, it's more effective and more powerful way of proving your point. You'll get the attention and interest of the audience to listen to you.

Another example. if you say to your audience "all of you! yes, all of you out there!" and use your finger to point at all the audience, this is meaningful gesture. Again, you'll get the attention and interest of the audience to listen to you.

Non-Verbal Communication without speech is like playing the game "charade" or just making the sign language to the deaf & mute.

Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication always go together. They are inseparable.

4 Responses to What are the advantages of verbal communication - over non-verbal communication?

  1. ravish2006

    Verbal communication is better because non-verbal communication has following major short-comings:

    1. Prone to misunderstanding
    2. Less precise (For example, I might put my hand on my chest to show my heart or feeling of love)
    3. Not useful for expressing intangible concepts
    4. Severly limited vocabulary
    5. Continuous feedback of understanding by the other party is essential. So it becomes slow and tedious.
    6. While verbal communication can use ears (speech), eyes (written words) or tactile sense (braille), non-verbal communication relies only on your eyes. (Unless you are counting banging of cups in kitchen by your wife to express her displeasure, as non-verbal communication…!)
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  2. divo0one

    both are very important
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  3. batchuchi

    In Verbal Communication, we are able to express ourselves very clearly. We are able to point out, one by one. the ideas, insights, and views we want to impart to the audience.

    Verbal Communication is more effective if we combine it with non-verbal ones like meaningful gestures and body language.

    For example, if you say "I am strong!" followed by pounding your chest once or twice, it's more effective and more powerful way of proving your point. You'll get the attention and interest of the audience to listen to you.

    Another example. if you say to your audience "all of you! yes, all of you out there!" and use your finger to point at all the audience, this is meaningful gesture. Again, you'll get the attention and interest of the audience to listen to you.

    Non-Verbal Communication without speech is like playing the game "charade" or just making the sign language to the deaf & mute.

    Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication always go together. They are inseparable.
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  4. cutiemich

    because we more express ourselves by telling what our thoughts are hiding, and releasing also our emotions while we were telling that..
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