Differences between Oral and Written Communication

Differences between Oral and Written Communication

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.

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