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Major Media of Oral Communication: speech, fact-to-face conversation, interview and meeting

Oral communication is the oldest and most widely used medium of communication. It can take place in different forms such as speech, fact-to-face conversation, interview, meeting etc. Among the speech is the most prominent and widely used tool of oral communication. It refers to delivering the message through words of mouth or spoken words in front of an audience gathered in a meeting, seminar or conference.

Through speech, the speaker can present his opinions and thoughts on any matter to a large number of audiences at a time. Therefore, it is widely used in delivering oral message in business, social, political and religious gatherings. Another widely used means of oral communication is face-to-face conversation. It refers to the mutual exchange of information between two or more people by attending in a particular place. Here both the sender and receiver exchange information directly by using oral means. This type of communication mainly occurs informally. In this communication, various non-verbal cues like gesture, posture, facial expression, eye contract etc. are used extensively. It has also paramount importance in business. Most business dealings are settled by fact-to-face conversion. Another important and popular medium of oral communication is interview. Generally, it is a procedure to obtain information from a person’s oral responses in oral inquiries. Every day, numerous types of interview are taking place in different business and non-business activities. Through interview, the interviewer seeks to know the opinions, thinking and feelings of the interviewee on certain issues or events.

Among the types of interview, employment interview is the key concern for the graduating students. Because, employment interview is the pathway to get a job. Meeting is another important medium of oral communication. Generally, it is a gathering or assembly of two or more people to discuss or exchange views on any matter of common interest among them. The agenda discussed in meetings are generally determined and circulated among the eligible participants earlier. Now a day, it is a common matter in any business, social, political, religious or in any state organization.