Communication is a regular part of our everyday lives. It is through communication that we are able to express our needs, wants, sentiments and every other emotion or message that we wish to share with others. However, communication is not always limited to what we say but also in how we say them. More often than not, what we don’t say often carries more weight than what we actually said.  An article from Social Mojo reveals that ‘verbal communication has only a 7% impact to your overall communication with 93% is coming from nonverbal communication.  Of this, 55% is body language and 38% tonality.’ Despite this both verbal and nonverbal communication have their own appropriate uses and applications.  Being aware of these will help us better understand the key differences between verbal communication and nonverbal communication.   Mode of Expression The most obvious difference between verbal and non verbal communication is how the messages are conveyed and received.  Verbal communication can be spoken or written and requires the use of words which are heard or read by the recipient of the message. Non-verbal communication is expressed through the speaker’s actions and behaviour in the communication process. These body language, body signals, and mannerism can be observed as follows: Sounds (laughing, snickering, sighing) Body contact (shaking hands, hugs) Facial expressions (smiling, frowning) Eye movements (winking, rolling) Eye Contact Head movements (shaking of the head, nodding) Hand movements (waving, clenched fists) Ways of talking (tone, intonation, pauses, stuttering) Posture (leaning forward, slouching) Uses and Applications Verbal communication is most effectively used in phone calls, text messages, chats and emails. Through verbal communication you are able to convey your message through words. Non-verbal communication is more effective in […]