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Written communication is better than the oral communication?

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Sometimes written communication is better than oral communication, but sometimes oral communication is better than written communication. It depends on the situation. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.

Written communication

Advantages

  • Permanent record
  • Clear instructions

Disadvantages

  • Feedback can be difficult to obtain
  • If you don't understand information it can be hard to check

Oral communication

Advantages

  • Discussion can be made quickly
  • Instant feedback

Disadvantages

  • No permanent record
  • People forget what they have be told or asked to do
  • Language barriers
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Point of DifferenceWritten Business communicationOral Business communicationFeedbackImmediate feedbacks is not requiredIn case of oral communication we need immediate feedback.EvidenceWritten message are kept as record, thus they can be used as evidence.As no record is maintained for oral communication it cannot be used as evidence.Easy acceptanceIn compression to oral communication has lack of directness.On the other hand oral message are easily acceptable.Directness or directapproachIn most of the cases written communication has lack of directness.It takes place in a face to face or direct situation.BarriersWritten communication need to overcome more barriers than oral communication.It faces less barriers than written communication.Audience sizeThe audience size of written communication is large and geographically scattered.Audience size is comparatively small.costIt is more costly than oral communication.It is less costly than written communication.Knowledge levelIn case of written communication minimum level of knowledge and literacy is required.Even illiterate people can participate in oral communication.


Deference between oral and written communication can be presented asfollows:Point of DifferenceWritten Business communicationOral Business communicationFeedbackImmediate feedbacks is not requiredIn case of oral communication we need immediate feedback.EvidenceWritten message are kept as record, thus they can be used as evidence.As no record is maintained for oral communication it cannot be used as evidence.Easy acceptanceIn compression to oral communication has lack of directness.On the other hand oral message are easily acceptable.Directness or directapproachIn most of the caseswritten communication has lack of directness.It takes place in a face to face or direct situation.BarriersWritten communication need to overcome more barriers than oral communication.It faces less barriers than written communication.Audience sizeThe audience size of written communication is large and geographically scattered.Audience size is comparatively small.costIt is more costly than oral communication.It is less costly than written communication.Knowledge levelIn case of written communication minimum level of knowledge and literacy is required.Even illiterate people can participate in oral communication.



for business propose written communication is the best for security reason and you have a prof all communication if something wrong in future.


Oral communication enables a wider range of expression than writing. Inflection, tone, stress are not routinely indicated in written langauge. Face to face communication is even more effective as a large percantage of communication is non-verbal.


There are more than three, but some of them include interpersonal communication; organizational communication; group communication; intrapersonal communication; and mass communication. (Some people would also add oral communication and written communication.)


Flexibility :The main feature of oral communication is, it is more flexible than any other means of communication. Oral communication or oral messages can be changed easily depending on the situation.Time saving :- Oral communication helps to expedite work. Where time is short, its advisable to use oral communication like snap conferences, verbal orders and even mechanical devices like telephones etc.Money Saving :- When used within the organization, oral communication saves money.Powerful means of persuasion :-Oral communication, along with the proper use of body language, is a powerful means of persuasion because the speaker can convey a lot of things, which is not possible in written communication. Politicians, during elections, rely mostly on oral communication to garner votes.Promotes friendlines :- Since oral communication is informal, it helps in promoting congenial relations between the communicating parties.Immediate feedback :- The speaker can get immediate feedback in the case of oral communication. By gauging the mood and response of the receiver he can make changes accordingly.Better understanding : Another major feature of oral communication is chance of misunderstanding is very rare; if there is any misunderstanding takes place that can be rectified immediately by asking questions. If the receiver finds the communication ambiguous he can get a quick clarification on the spot.Opportunity for correction :In case of written or other communication messages can not be corrected immediately- but in case of oral communication it can be corrected within few seconds.Intercultural barriers :In case of oral communication receiver and sender exchange information freely and spontaneously. As a result presentation of message influenced by the cultural background of the respective parties.


Oral communication implies communication through mouth. It includes individuals conversing with each other, be it direct conversation or telephonic conversation. Speeches, presentations, discussions are all forms of oral communication. Oral communication is generally recommended when the communication matter is of temporary kind or where a direct interaction is required. Face to face communication (meetings, lectures, conferences, interviews, etc.) is significant so as to build a rapport and trust.Advantages of Oral CommunicationThere is high level of understanding and transparency in oral communication as it is interpersonal.There is no element of rigidity in oral communication. There is flexibility for allowing changes in the decisions previously taken.The feedback is spontaneous in case of oral communication. Thus, decisions can be made quickly without any delay.Oral communication is not only time saving, but it also saves upon money and efforts.Oral communication is best in case of problem resolution. The conflicts, disputes and many issues/differences can be put to an end by talking them over.Oral communication is an essential for teamwork and group energy.Oral communication promotes a receptive and encouraging morale among organizational employees.Oral communication can be best used to transfer private and confidential information/matter.Disadvantages/Limitations of Oral CommunicationRelying only on oral communication may not be sufficient as business communication is formal and very organized.Oral communication is less authentic than written communication as they are informal and not as organized as written communication.Oral communication is time-saving as far as daily interactions are concerned, but in case of meetings, long speeches consume lot of time and are unproductive at times.Oral communications are not easy to maintain and thus they are unsteady.There may be misunderstandings as the information is not complete and may lack essentials.It requires attentiveness and great receptivity on part of the receivers/audience.Oral communication (such as speeches) is not frequently used as legal records except in investigation work.


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In my opinion no the philips sonicare toothbrush is not better than the braun oral b. The hairs on the philips are much rougher and irritate my gums more than the braun oral b.


Verbal communication and non-verbal communication perform different functions, sometimes at the same time and sometimes separately. Neither is better than the other.


They looked for a better means of written communication and record keeping than the existing hieroglyphs and syllabic writing systems.


Written communication is interacting with another person using a device to create words rather than to speak them. Ways to use written communication are texting, emailing, and the old-fashioned pen and paper method.


An oral tradition is a practice by which culture is handed down through oral means rather than through written means. For example, storytelling is an oral tradition, but reading the same story in a book would not be oral tradition.



When a person talks to a person or a few persons directly rather than a large group or an audience. When written, an individual communication is a letter to an individual rather than a reproduced mass mailing. This answer is an individual communication in that it is an original answer written for this question.


The disadvantage of verbal communication (in business) is that it is delivered, for the most part, unedited. It can also be less organized than written communication.


The strength-1. Is fairly Accurate.2. Provides record. 3. It hinder feed back. The weeknesses-1.Consuming more time,2.lack of confidence in their writing,3.expensive for routing correspondences (delays) lather than oral communication..


The purpose of oral communication is to communicate using a spoken language understood by the listener. Talking (orally) on the telephone to the person directly is more instant than sending an email or posting a letter.


Less potential for misunderstandings in writing as well as better legal validity.


CommunicationCommunication is a process of exchanging information, ideas, thoughts, feelings and emotions through speech, signals, writing, or behavior. In communication process, a sender(encoder) encodes a message and then using a medium/channel sends it to the receiver (decoder) who decodes the message and after processing information, sends back appropriate feedback/reply using a medium/channel. Types of CommunicationPeople communicate with each other in a number of ways that depend upon the message and its context in which it is being sent. Choice of communication channel and your style of communicating also affects communication. So, there are variety of types of communication. Types of communication based on the communication channels used are:Verbal CommunicationNonverbal CommunicationVerbal CommunicationVerbal communication refers to the the form of communication in which message is transmitted verbally; communication is done by word of mouth and a piece of writing. Objective of every communication is to have people understand what we are trying to convey. In verbal communication remember the acronym KISS(keep it short and simple). When we talk to others, we assume that others understand what we are saying because we know what we are saying. But this is not the case. usually people bring their own attitude, perception, emotions and thoughts about the topic and hence creates barrier in delivering the right meaning.So in order to deliver the right message, you must put yourself on the other side of the table and think from your receiver's point of view. Would he understand the message? how it would sound on the other side of the table?Verbal Communication is further divided into:Oral CommunicationWritten CommunicationOral CommunicationIn oral communication, Spoken words are used. It includes face-to-face conversations, speech, telephonic conversation, video, radio, television, voice over internet. 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i feel new communication is better than old because it is more appealing ti youth


The advantages of verbal communication are far greater than non verbal communication in the sense that your voice has expression which gets your point and meaning across to the listener much more clearly than written or signed communication can.


Yes, in my experience all companies prefer a written report to an oral one. A written report preserves a record of what was said, can be sent to many people for their comments and can be annotated (that is comments can be written in the margin).


no electronics & communication is better than the mechanical as their are more opportunity available in field of ECE then mechanical, the man having degree in ECE can go either in communication field or in electronics field and even in software field.please give your comment on this answer and add into it if you can.



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