Differences between Oral and Written Communication - QS Study
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Differences between Oral and Written Communication

Oral and written are the two distinct methods of communication. Prime differences between them are presented below:

Oral Communication

Definition: Communication that occurs through spoken words is known as oral communication.

Media: Major media of oral communication are face-to-face conversion, telephone, lecture etc.

Record: By nature oral communication has no record if otherwise it is recorded in cassette or disk

Suitability: Oral communication is suitable for illiterate people.

Time required: Oral communication takes less time.

Feedback: Oral communication provides immediate feedback.

Use as reference: Oral communication cannot be used as a source of future reference.


Written Communication

Definition: When information is exchanged by means of written words, it is known as written communication.

Media: The major media of written communication are letters, memos, reports, circulars, notices etc.

Record: Written communication provides document for permanent record.

Suitability: It is suitable for educated people.

Time required: Written communication requites more time than oral communication.

Feedback: Feedback in written communication is delayed.

Use as reference: Written documents can be used as a source of reference.